Frankly, the reasons are unconvincing

تم نشره في Mon 6 April / Apr 2015. 10:07 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 6 April / Apr 2015. 10:08 AM

By Jumana Ghunaimat

The Head of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Dr. Abd al-Kharabsheh restates the same obstacles that we were told earlier had prevented the conclusion of a number of cases investigated by the ACC for years. Of the 170 cases being reviewed by the ACC, there are large charges related to the privatization of some companies.

The sad thing here is that the reasons adduced by Dr. Kharabsheh as technical factors that preclude a decision on some issues, especially the big ones, had been reported years ago by the former head of the ACC, Samih Bino: Lack of technical expertise, such as legal translators and financial experts, as well as legal experts in the legislation of other countries that Jordan signed privatizations deal with.

But these reasons, frankly, are not convincing. Appointments in various posts, as well as service requisition contracts, are not halted by the current government; why can it not, therefore, secure the needs of the ACC, despite the importance of the work of this institution, and effects of the results it could reach on the public?

During the "Sixty Minutes" program, broadcast by Jordan TV last Friday night, Dr. Kharabsheh denied any shortcomings in this area, justifying the failure to provide the technical needs by bureaucracy, and in an effort to reduce the shock upon the viewers of the information about the failure of the government of Dr. Abdullah Ensour in securing the personnel required to conclude the corruption files.

Corruption, big and small, has always been a sensitive issue among Jordanian citizens. One could even say that it was the main driver behind this raise the ire of the citizen in a specific time; in an expression of concern for the public funds, and the realization of the extent of leniency of successive governments in dealing with those who are corrupt.

I do not know how the government of Dr. Ensour can explain this shortcoming, which brought in a very bad message about government intentions in terms of fighting corruption! How can the Jordanian believe the government is unable to secure the required technical expertise, while it passes appointments of advisers and experts in more than one location?

If the government is really incapable of that, it can ask for the help from the Jordanians who have such experiences, and deployed in various countries around the world.

The laxity in fighting corruption, as reaffirmed by the reasons repeated year after year, reflects the official indifference about corruption and its eradicated.

The seriousness of this policy lies in the negative impact on the public, who live with the notion that the government is not serious in fighting corruption, while people's standards of living are decreasing.

Corruption is a sensational issue. Limit it requires the government to take every action to close the list of corruption cases, current or pending, transparently instead of leaving the window of rumors open, and thus expand the circle of doubt about its intentions to fight corruption.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition