3 Afghan fund officials 'terminated'

A member of the Afghan National Police during a training exercise. The anti-corruption group Monitoring and Evaluation Committee has found mismanagement issues within the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan. Photo by: Daniel P. Shook / U.S. Army / isafmedia / CC BY

The U.N. Development Program has ended the contracts of three Afghan contractors — effective immediately — following an internal investigation on the operations of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan.

The program did not identify those removed from post or why, but among those fired were the trust fund’s deputy project manager, finance officer and administrator, the Wall Street Journal reports.

LOTFA is a UNDP-administered multilateral fund that covers the salaries and other operating costs of the Afghan National Police. It is seen as vital to the country’s security, especially when foreign troops exit the country in 2014. An external investigation by the anti-corruption group Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, however, revealed a few mismanagement issues within the fund.

The European Union, according to WSJ, “vowed” to freeze €30 million ($37 million) meant for the fund until UNDP is able to address the allegations, which include the purchase of overpriced items and the payment of “nonexistent” police officers. The UNDP, however, said it has not received any notification from the European Union on the matter.

Investigation regarding the allegations is ongoing, UNDP said in a statement.

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