Wais Ahmad Barmak pledged to take action against corrupt MoI officials and said they would be dealt with according to the law.
Acting Interior Minister Puts His Foot Down Over Corruption
Acting minister of interior Wais Ahmad Barmak on Wednesday warned officers and generals at the interior ministry against corruption, saying those involved in corruption and misuse of authority would have no place in the ministry.
Barmak made the remarks during the inauguration ceremony of the Women's Police Solidarity Complex and also said those resorting to violent acts against policewomen will be dealt with harshly and in accordance with the law.
He also said a separate policewomen’s academy would be established in Kabul and vowed to expand the role of policewomen in the administrative sector.
“The money which is provided to you from international sources and the money which is provided to you from the resources of government and other sources, each penny which you put in your pocket illegally and illicitly is unlawful,” said Barmak.
“If any of my generals or any chiefs appointed in a department say something rude to our sisters, whether they are in the military or in civilian areas of the police, detectives or security portion of police, we will swifly take action against them,” added Barmak.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s first lady Rula Ghani said certain elements, by exploiting the name of the police, have tried to tarnish the image of police forces among the public.
“Some elements have exploited the name of the police and they even try to take the law into their own hands, this issue leads to the distrust of police among the people and it is unacceptable,” said Rula Ghani.
President Ashraf Ghani has in the past described the interior ministry as the heart of corruption and called for systematic reforms to be put in place.