Corruption increases [Archives:2005/831/Local News]

April 7 2005

Yasser Mohammed Al-Mayyasi
The Central Organization for Control and Audit (COCA) revealed in a courageous initiative the terrible number of cases related to theft of public property.

Documents were handed to officials at the COCA annual meeting held on March 30.

The report showed that there are over 240 cases of plundering public property that will be filed to the concerned courts for prosecution.

The report also confirmed that COCA estimated the losses of the thefts to be around YR2.99 billion, $2.6 million and 10,000 Pound, in addition to the plundering of lands and cars.

According to the report, COCA halted expenditure of some YR21.3 billion that was expected to be fraudulently spent and restored nearly YR2.7 million from the Cleanliness Fund that was embezzled by corrupt officials.

Other amounts of public money were restored after officials at the Cooperative Agricultural Credit Bank tried to steal it.

Such efforts will not come to fruition unless all these cases are discussed and genuine steps are taken to stop the plundering of public properties.