By Omar Bihmidine
By Omar Bihmidine
Morocco World News
Sidi Ifni, Morocco, July 31, 2012
Transparency Maroc expressed its “disappointment” by Abdelilah Benkirane’s stance on fighting corruption. In an interview to Al Jazeera channel last Wednesday, the head of the government showed his willingness to pardon corrupt officials when he acknowledged that it is “difficult to fight against corruption.” He even expressed support for the option to turn the page and start a new one on the basis of “God is forgiving and merciful.”
At a time when Transparency Maroc is expecting Benkirane to take the most serious measures possible against corruption, Benkirane’s stance on fighting corruption has come to no fruition.
During an interview with the daily Al Massae, Abdelssamad Sadouk, secretary general of ‘Transparency Maroc’ declared that ” Benkirane’s attitude towards fighting corruption has come as a real shock to us, especially at a time when we have been impatiently waiting for the government to put an end to all forms of corruption”. With this ambiguous stance “the head of the government is now encouraging impunity,” he added.
A few months after the appointment of Benkirane as the head of the PJD-led government, ‘Transparency Maroc’ had stressed that it highly appreciated the bold step the government took upon disclosing the transport license beneficiaries. Yet, the philosophy recently adopted by Benkirane has dashed Moroccans’ hopes.
In response to Benkirane’s stance, ‘Transparency Maroc’ stressed that impunity has been the root cause of the rampant spread of all forms of corruption in our country.
The most trusted corruption watchdog in the country added that the government is not in the position to decide whether to abide by the law when it comes to the embezzlers of public funds.
The fight against corruption “is no prerogative of the government but a constitutional political and moral obligation, which constitutes the keystone principle of accountability.”
Through a communiqué, the association demanded that the government provide more clarifications with regard to its policy of combating corruption.
During the electoral campaign of the legislative elections held last November, Benkirane promised to its electoral base to turn the fight against corruption and the punishment of embezzlers of public funds into its main priority.