Bahrain: MP accuses govt. bodies of growing corruption

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A heated discussion over bribery accusations against some government establishments broke out at the Council of Representatives during its weekly meeting on Thursday.

The debate between MP Abdulrahman Buali and Shura Council and Representative Council Affairs Minister Ghanim Al Buainain began after the former claimed that corruption has spread in government entities, specifically the municipalities.

“Why did we come to this situation. Bribery has spread, not only in the municipalities but in many areas and establishments in Bahrain,” the lawmaker stated while demanding state officials to look into this dangerous matter”.

Buali, who also heads the Financial and Economic Affairs Committee in the council, claimed that he discovered corruption cases at Muharraq Municipality, which is in charge of providing municipal services to the entire Muharraq Governorate, including Hidd after its municipality was apparently stripped off most of its jurisdictions a few years back.

He said, “It’s extremely difficult nowadays to receive services from Muharraq Municipality because of widespread bribery in it. I am responsible for my statements and I have the evidence to support them. There are administrative, legal and ethical violations in Muharraq Municipality. I am willing to personally lead the minister to the areas where such violations have occurred.”

Buali’s statements irked Al Buainain, who strongly rejected his accusations and defended the credibility of government institutions.

Source credit – Daily Tribune

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