Criminal Law

Mandalay City Official sacked for asking for Bribe

Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

An information officer of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) was sacked for asking for a bribe and five other committee staff members and a police officer are under investigation for corruption, a senior city official said.

U Kyaw San Myint, a committee member, said the information officer allegedly asked a committee member for K500,000 (US$370) to retain her position on the body, while the five staffers allegedly asked for money from motorists on a highway near Taguntaing township roundabout.

“An investigation of the Information Department employee  found that the employee asked committee member Daw Myint Myint Than to pay K500,000. A letter has been sent to the government office to terminate him.”

The city also released several phone numbers that people can call if employees ask for additional money besides the regular fees for city transactions.

“We’re still investigating five junior employees under the committee who asked for additional fees from motorists at Taguntaing roundabout. A committee police major is also investigating a city police officer,” he said.

In 2017, a female engineer from the committee’s Building and Storage Department was blacklisted for financial misuse and another officer from the same department was fired for and asked to repay misplaced money totalling K6.1 million.

“There are many cases left related to financial misuse. We are slowly carrying out investigations. The mayor also strictly warned about it as well,” said a deputy director.

There are 14 departments in the MCDC. Those that handle large financial transactions with the public are the Building, Tax and Land departments.

President U Win Myint has emphasised fight against corruption as one of his priority programmes and he urged all civil servants throughout the country to serve the people well.

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