Interview with Major General Abdul Massoud “Raghib”, General Director of the Inspection Department of the Ministry of Interior
Question: in which year the General Inspection and Internal Affairs Department was established within the structure of the Ministry of Interior?
The General Inspection Department was established in the Ministry of Interior in 1319 (1941). It is one of the key departments of the Ministry which has existed in the Ministry under different names. In 1385 (2006) this department was named as Internal Affairs Department and in 1387 (2008) again its name was changed to General Inspection and Internal Affairs Department.
What was the purpose of establishing the General Internal Affairs Department?
The purpose of establishing this department was to conduct regular inspections, evaluate financial and economic activities, guide and regulate activities of the departments, assess all affairs of the departments including organizational structure of the police units based on needs, legality, cost effectiveness and efficiency of the police personnel. Additionally this unit was responsible to monitor availability of police personnel in police units and control proper usage of weapons and all other logistics, technical and communication items and equipment by police personnel.
Please give some information about performance of personnel of this department according to their job descriptions?
The General Inspection Department is operating under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Interior and has working relations with the High Audit and Control Department of the President’s office as well. This department has 4 directorates (Professional Standards Inspection Directorate, Documents Inspection Directorate, Anti bribe and Corruption Directorate, and Administrative Inspection Directorate) and 7 anti-corruption mobile teams and 7 General Inspection Directorates in in the 7 regional zone commands. Inspectors of this Department perform their obligations in accordance with their job descriptions, control and audit law, anti-corruption law, regulations, procedures, policies and eight priorities of the Minister of Interior Affairs. They are responsible for observing applicable laws, promoting transparency in fulfillment of works, controlling exact calculation of logistical, technical and communication items, controlling consumption of funds, monitoring correct usage of equipment and weaponry, monitoring personnel attendance in their job, assessing improvement level of education and training, and providing necessary professional guidance and continuing assistance to the officials of different police units, preventing from personnel violation and assessing the performed and ongoing works of the departments of the Ministry of Interior with regard to the need and legality of works and effectiveness of police force activities.
What are the achievements of your Department in 1390 (2012)?
The General Inspection Department has assessed and controlled a total number of (1896) different cases in the police units in 34 provinces, including (57) cases with 116 suspects from police personnel introduced to prosecution office and 4 cases which have been resolved so far. In addition to these, some goods worth (110093034 Afghani) and an amount of(98383834 Afghani) were delivered to the state account and some logistical items which were left from the calculation were calculated again.
As result of performed controls and assessments, 67 police personnel were dismissed for violating their job rules; and the rotation of the personnel of 155 check posts has been decided. The reports on the works performed are submitted every once in a while to the meetings of MoI leaderships and officials of police units.
What activities have you conducted in the first three months of the year?
Personnel of the General Inspection Department have assessed (660) cases and the reports on these assessments have been submitted to the authorized officials for receiving further instructions. Different cases have been assessed based on separate instructions from the Minister’s office and Information received from 119 call center. (130) cases of job related violations and performance of (16) police units have been assessed by the Professional Standards Inspection Directorate and as result, (9) cases involving (38) suspects have been introduced to military prosecution office, (787) data books and (239887) documents were assessed and controlled and a sum of (429426 Afghani ) were identified to be repaid by(32) inventory personnel and the warrant to call the indebted inventory personnel has been sent to the authorized department. A logistical set worth (92226801 Afghani) left from the calculation, have been calculated again. During the above mentioned period, a sum of (5693922 Afghanis) were received and calculated.
What have been done to prevent from corruption in the Ministry of Interior?
In order to reduce and prevent from corruption cases in police departments, a procedure for transparency and accountability committees has been prepared in accordance with the anti-corruption strategy and the priorities of the Minister of Interior. This procedure has been approved by the Minister of Interior and distributed to all units of the police. Transparency and accountability committees have been practically established in 6 regional zones and eight provincial police headquarters. Seven mobile anti-corruption teams are actively working in the highways and departments where corruption is possible such as Passport, Traffic, Contracts affairs, ports, and airports. Specific suggestions for simplifying the working procedures of these organs have been submitted to the authorized officials of these organs.
For this purpose, joint meetings were held with the detective organs of the Ministry to exchange information and examine corruption cases, and take active, effective and practical steps in cooperation with each other.
What are you next measures to prevent from corruption in the Ministry of Interior?
Next measures to prevent from corruption:
- Creation of transparency committees in provincial and district police headquarters in future, as a follow up to transparency committees
- Installation of complaints boxes in suitable locations for receiving complaints
To address the complaints of people received through 119 and other departments
Establishing information centers in regional zones of the country
To extend the organizational structure in order to control all affairs of the police units in the country
Exchanging information between detective organs and attracting public support in detection of the cases
Deploying anti-corruption mobile teams to the highways in order to prevent from illegal extortions
- How many officers of the Ministry of Interior have been arrested or punished in connection with corruption?
During this period, 9 corruption cases involving 38 personnel of the Ministry of Interior were identified and introduced to prosecution office for legal prosecution and punishment.
Please give some information about public cooperation with intelligence and detective organs about elimination of corruption?
Fortunately the people of Afghanistan have realized the harms of corruption and they have spared no effort in cooperating with detective and intelligence organs in this regard. As result of these cooperation, these sorts of cooperation reduced police casualties compared to last year and provided the condition for rule of law and public confidence in their police. Additionally in order to reduce corruption cases, specific working meetings are being held to exchange information with the officials of the relevant detection organs.