Egypt Independent

MPs vote against postponing panel on govt corruption



The House of Representatives has voted with a 54 percent majority against a proposal to postpone the formation of a fact-finding committee to investigate financial corruption within the government recorded by a controversial report by the Central Auditing Organization (CAO).
 
CAO Chief Hesham Geneina has faced fiery attacks and accusations of dishonesty from pro-government MPs and media figures over audits that claimed corruption within government ministries had cost the country LE600 billion since 2012.
 
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had tasked an inter-ministerial panel with investigating Geneina’s claims and the panel concluded in January that the CAO reports intentionally tampered with audits and exaggerated the amount of government corruption.
 
MPs submtting the postponement proposal based their stance on a decision by the Public Prosecution to ban press reports covering details of investigations into the case.
 
Edited translation from MENA