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UN Overspent $7M on Afghan Police, "Overriding" As OCHA Asks for More

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive, 9th in Series

UNITED NATIONS, July 14 -- UN system officials including the humanitarians and UN Women talk about Afghanistan without addressing the System's demonstrated corruption there.

  But this ninth installment of Inner City Press' exclusive series shows that the UN Development Program's Law & Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan overspent by over $7 million on "police remuneration" and $4 million on "procurement of non-lethal equipments."

  For the UN's credibility, however, these unrebutted internal audit may well be lethal. Click here to view "Observation #9," which blames the overruns on "intentional overriding of internal controls and or human error."

  Who is being held accountable for these errors / "intentional overridings of internal controls"?

   While these questions go unanswered, at its July 13 noon briefing the UN asked for more money and speechified:

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.. notes that the current consolidated appeal for Afghanistan for this year calls for $448 million to implement 165 projects across the country. Halfway through the year, this appeal is only 30 per cent funded."

  Could the UN's unaddressed corruption have something to do with this resistance to give it more money? And for Michele Bachellet, spokesman Martin Nesirky read out that

"Afghanistan has been witnessing cases of extreme abuse and appalling violence against women. These actions.. have once again focused attention on the continuing and urgent need to protect women's and girls' rights as the world redefines its role in Afghanistan, and as the Government of Afghanistan moves forward in transition."

  Bachelet is reputed to get things done -- maybe SHE should oversee the UN's response to and clean up of Afghanistan operations, now that she has spoken about the country.

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