Corrective suggestions of other entities on SAO Law Revision

The session on SAO law revision attended by at least 20 entities including Ministry of Defense, Office of the President, Ministry of Interior Affairs, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Ministry of Education, Independent Human Rights Commission, Academyof Science, National Procurement Authority, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Ministry of Finance, Attorney General Office, Ministry of Economy, Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution,Ministry of Information and Culture at SAO  headquarter on July 9.2018.

Mr. Sayed Mohammad Mahdi Hussainioperation deputy auditor for SAO who was hosting the session welcomed all the participants and delivered general information on SAO law revision.

Furthermore,Mr. Mohammad NasimSahar legal advisor for SAO explained SAO background in details and provided detailed information on need for revision and drafting of SAO lawproceeding to the participants.

Afterward, the majority of participants shared their constructiveopinions on shortcomings and defects of law as well as their corrective plans and suggestions for SAO officials.

Mr. Mohammad Mahdi Husaini concluded the opinions and said: “the applicable SAO law has been enactedin 2014 after couple of year’s discussion with numerous entities, donors andAfghanistan government partners. However five years have been passed but still it seems there are some defects and shortcomings in this law. Therefore, the draft of SAO law revision has been noted in Afghanistan National Strategy for Combattingagainst Corruption in rule of law and high council on anti-corruption. In the last years we have received various and different comments and feedback from Independent Joint Anti- Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) for the purpose of strengthening the SAO. MECCommittee has recommended that you are auditing the governmental entities and sending your reports to the audited bodies, but there is no specific article on this regard that if an entity would not apply SAO recommendations what will be the consequences and reaction? This is because the audit process requires time and cost. Therefore, SAO law shall be amended and some issues shall be added in this regard.

Furthermore, we had a meeting with deputy office for auditing and monitoring of the president’s office last year and they had shared their remarks on this issue and stated the authority and mandate between the SAO management shall be determined in the current law.

The operation deputy auditor general once again has thanked for sharing of effective opinions and comments of institutions representatives at the end of the session and said their comments will be added to new law of SAO in compliance with applicable law in the country.

The SAO will conduct collecting opinion sessions on SAO law revision draft to receive constructive opinions and comments from different proactive and effective institutions.