Rabat - The judges of the national Court of Auditors have produced a report accusing the presidents of several municipalities of embezzling public funds, and promising that these officials will be held accountable, reported the Moroccan newspaper Assabah.
Rabat – The judges of the national Court of Auditors have produced a report accusing the presidents of several municipalities of embezzling public funds, and promising that these officials will be held accountable, reported the Moroccan newspaper Assabah.
According to the daily’s Tuesday edition, the municipality presidents had engaged in fraudulent call for tenders, involving false invoices for huge amounts of money.
The authorities did not respect some of the principle regulations regarding calls for tenders, said the court.
The report shows that the elected representatives had made a direct appeal to investors. According to the court, it is illegal to contact bidders while the tender procedure is still pending.
The presidents were also accused of concealing files of previous calls for tenders, showing propositions of investors who did not take part in any tender competition.
“The Court’s judges affirmed that numerous aberrations and injustices cases relating to financial crime have occurred, including the absence of representatives from the General Treasury of the Kingdom (TGR) during the opening sessions of the bids,” explained Driss Jettou, Head of the National Court of Auditors.
This was considered a violation of Article 34 of Decree number 388.06.2, which determines the conditions applying to the tendering procedures.
The tenders in question were intended for the purchase of equipment and maintenance of public lighting and health equipment.
The court said the officials will be held legally accountable for their actions.
“These authorities will be presented before Chambers of Financial Crimes of the Casablanca-Settat and Fes-Meknes regions,” said Driss Jettou.
The newspaper added that Jettou issued 25 other decisions related to the accountability of people charged with fraud crimes.