Integrity Commission aims to end corruption
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (K24) - On Tuesday, the Kurdistan Region Parliament Integrity Commission demanded unity among Kurdish parties to cope with corruption through a clear reform plan.
In a statement released during a press conference, the Commission emphasized the necessity of normalizing the Region's economic situation by preparing a reform plan that confronts corruption and steers political parties away from partisan competition.
“Recently, we have submitted several cases of extravagance and corruption to the relevant sides, but they have rarely shown any proper reaction or acted upon the cases,” the Integrity Commission members underlined.
The Commission stressed that the Kurdistan Region should not and cannot remain in the current economic and political crisis anymore.
Pointing to the Region’s officials and citizens' awareness towards “the massive corruption among governmental institutions and ministries,” the statement emphasized that the Region’s Parliament should begin its regular work as soon as possible.
According to the statement, the biggest factor preventing Parliament from working is corruption. Moreover, the government is responsible for controlling and investigating these cases, the statement added.
“It is essential that we implement reform in all sectors so that no file is considered exceptional and [would avoid]...prosecution, monitoring and follow-up.”
The Commission also urged anti-corruption and transparency institutions throughout Kurdistan Region—particularly the Integrity Commission, General Prosecutor, and Financial Control Institution—to become more active in implementing reforms, policies and laws.
The Integrity Commission is an independent anti-corruption committee charged with preventing and investigating corruption at all levels of government under the supervision of the Kurdistan Region Parliament.
Reporting by Gulala Khaled
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany and Benjamin Kweskin