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Head of Cambodia's National AIDS Agency accused of fraud

A "whistle blower" employee at Cambodia's National AIDS Agency has sent documents and photographs to the Phnom Penh Post which implicate the agency's national head and three senior officials in a range of corrupt practices.

  • Chhay Channyda
  • Cambodia
  • December 14, 2011
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The head of the National AIDS Authority and three of his closest officials have used funds intended for AIDS awareness campaigns for their personal use, documents received by the Post yesterday allege.

The documents sent by an NAA official include invoices, receipts and photographs, detailing a litany of alleged fraud from inflating the price for purchasing condoms to skimming funds earmarked for use by provincial offices.

The official who sent the documents said corruption and financial irregularities were widespread at the NAA because its chairperson, senior minister Nuth Sokhom, and three senior officials had manipulated its procurement unit for their personal gain.

“Their activities violate the law and are corrupt,” the official, who requested anonymity, said.

The NAA leads and implements the government’s HIV/AIDS prevention, control and treatment strategy in partnership with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Global Fund, among others.

“We want the Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate corruption within the NAA,” the official said. A second NAA official, who also asked not to be named, confirmed the allegations were known by numerous staff but declined to comment further.

The official who sent the documents said he contacted the Post because the ACU had yet to investigate a complaint forwarded to it by NAA staff six months ago.

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Source: Phnom Penh Post
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