In Mali, the president of the central office for the fight against illicit enrichment, Moumouni Guindo, handed over, yesterday Thursday, during a ceremony in Koulouba to the Head of the State, Col Assimi Goïta, the 2019 reports and 2020. The document reveals several cases of alleged illicit enrichment amounting to several billion FCFA.
-maliweb.net-The Banquet Hall of the Koulouba Palace which served as the framework for the official submission of these two reports on illicit enrichment and a third on the ethics of public officials. The two documents submitted to the Head of State concerned the period between January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020. During these two years, explains magistrate Moumouni Guindo, OCLEI carried out 19 information activities for prevention. and awareness raising across Mali for 1,556 people. To do so, the president of OCLEI indicates that his structure has established a partnership with religious denominations, a platform of trade union organizations for the fight against corruption to ensure the prevention of illicit enrichment.
As such, continues the presenter, this synergy of action between the agents of the OCLEI and these organizations mentioned contributed to the repression by forwarding to justice 9 cases of alleged illicit enrichment. “The value of the goods presumed illicit in these 9 cases amounts to 6 billion 995 million FCFA”, declared the head of the central office of fight against the illicit enrichment. Which continues that in these files, “OCLEI surveys identified 384 real estate properties, ie 34 residential houses, 72 commercial or professional buildings, 139 plots as well as 78 rural concessions totaling 181 hectares”.
And to continue always that the same that the total amount of entries into the bank accounts of the 9 people amounts to 3 billion 671 million FCFA between the period 2014 to 2020. For the president of the OCLEI, these unduly acquired income in the same period far exceeded the legitimate income of 9 people which, according to him, amounted to 444 million FCFA.
Without wishing to decline the identity of these people suspected of illicitly enriching themselves with State property, Moumouni Guindo indicated that these State agents are: an accountant, two finance inspectors, a treasury inspector, a financial controller, two mayors, a minister and a prefect.
Regarding declarations of property, the President of OCLEI informs that his agents counted at the level of the Supreme Court 1,351 declarations filed in 2019 and 2020. During the processing of these files, the institution of fight against the illicit enrichment found ” that in 2019, the Prime Minister and several ministers remained in office for several months without having made their declaration of assets. The delay has exceeded three years for some of them ”.
“2.5 billion retirement allowance received by two INPS officials”
By noting the various cases of alleged illicit enrichment, the OCLEI made recommendations on certain personnel costs of the National Institute of Social Welfare (INPS). According to Moumouni Guindo, the analyzes found that apart from any legality, “the deputy director general and the accounting officer of the INPS received 2 billion 53 million FCFA as retirement indemnities”. Enough to allow the first to receive a pension of more than 6 million CFA francs per month and to receive more than 8 million CFA francs. Faced with these practices contrary to the law, the OCLEI recommended to the authorities “to proceed to the recovery of the sums unduly received as allowances and retirement pensions and to watch over the functioning of the Board of Directors of the INPS” .
“A governance of rupture and exemplarity”
Welcoming the quality of the reports produced, the President of the transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta, declared that the fight against illicit enrichment and corruption remains one of the priorities of his government. « Your reports confirm us in our vision of a new Mali, a Mali where citizens have access to drinking water, health, education and good quality roads ”, rejoiced the Head of the Department. State which promotes a governance of rupture and exemplarity during this transitional period.
In Koulouba, the third document submitted to the Head of State concerned a study on ethics in public administration. Which study, according to the boss of the OCLEI, revealed the existence of 20 texts on the ethics of public officials. It emerges from this report in general that agents have little knowledge of codes of ethics and professional conduct and that breaches are rarely penalized. OCLEI has formulated several recommendations in order to remedy its shortcomings, namely: the establishment of an ethics referent in the services of the State and local authorities.
Siaka DIAMOUTENE / Maliweb.net