The U.S. and international community should clean up corruption and fraud within the millions of dollars worth of contracts that are distributed annually to Afghan companies, a spokesperson for the Afghan president said.
Waheed Omer explained that international officials should be in charge of rooting out irregularities in the flow of aid to Afghanistan since 80 percent of the aid that goes into the country is controlled by the U.S. and NATO, the Washington Post reports.
“Corruption is widely affecting the multimillion-dollar contracts going to Afghans, who are becoming terribly rich out of those contracts,” Omer said as quoted by the Washington Post. “We want the international community to work with the government of Afghanistan to eliminate these sources of corruption and target the roots and sources of corruption. A major part are these international contracts.”
Omer’s comments follow Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s meeting with U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry. As Devex reported, Kerry noted after their meeting that Karzai pledged not to interfere with the operations of two key Afghan government anti-corruption bodies.