MP unveils corruption in water violation cases

In this undated photo, the Ministry of Water can be seen. The IACC referred to public prosecution a case of suspected corruption involving former officials at the ministry. (Amjad Al-Tawil/Jordan News
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AMMAN — Chairman of the House Agriculture and Water Committee Mohammad Alaqmeh said that former water ministers are to blame for failing to stop water violations in Jordan, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

The laws in place to deal with such violations were not implemented because of inefficient ministry administration, use of personal connections, and pressure from influential people, Alaqmeh said on Tuesday.

He said that water violations were reported to have occurred on properties belonging to these people, who enjoy special privileges, and who are connected with government officials.

He referred to an attempt by a former water minister to put an end to water violations by filling in wells that were in violation.

A complaint was filed against that minister, pressure was placed on the prime minister about the issue, and eventually, the water minister was out of the government after the first reshuffle.

Certain areas have also been overlooked by Ministry of Water and Irrigation personnel due to private considerations, Alaqmeh added.

The government is determined to put an end to water violations, he said, pointing to the attempts to reform the water situation, and urging relevant parties not to be silent about such violations.

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