US Report: Afghan Audit Office Lacks Independence

Afghanistan’s Control and Audit Office is not fully independent from the government and  the president’s office, which constantly and actively meddles in its affairs, a U.S. report said according to Reuters. The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said the office was “inept, inadequate and not independent” on top of lacking the budgetary and operation independence it needs to prevent corruption of public and foreign funds in the country.

“Afghanistan’s Auditor General stated that the CAO has been unwilling to take on audits that could be politically insensitive or may be turned down by the Office of the President,” according to the report, as quoted by Reuters.

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