Kazakh officials will be responsible for corrupt subordinates

From now on, Kazakh civil servants (ministers, mayors and heads of state-owned companies) will be personally responsible for their subordinates.

The President of Kazakhstan Kasym-Zhomart Tokaev signed the law “On amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on public service and anti-corruption”. The presidential press service said that according to this law, heads will be personally responsible for their employees involved in corruption crimes.

Meanwhile, on the day the amendments were signed, in the capital of Kazakhstan, there was the press conference of the deputy chairman of the Anti-Corruption Agency, Olzhas Bektenov, who gave comprehensive explanations about who the new rules would apply to.

According to Bektenov, all political civil servants come within the purview of the law, including ministers, vice ministers, mayors and deputy mayors of regions, cities of republican significance (Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent), as well as districts.

“All of them will be required to resign if their direct subordinates commit a corruption crime,” Bektenov emphasized.

At the same time, he explained that, on their own free will, officials, whose subordinates were caught in bribes and other corruption offenses, would have to write a letter within 10 calendar days after the court verdict came into force or the criminal case was terminated on non-rehabilitating grounds in relation to his direct subordinate.

Bektenov explained that the direct subordinates of civil servants are: for ministers – their deputies, executive secretary, chief of staff, heads of regional divisions; for vice-ministers – the heads of the institution they supervise or an independent structural unit; for the mayor of the region, the capital and cities of republican significance – their deputies, chief of staff, mayor of the district, city of regional significance; for deputy mayors – heads of executive bodies supervised by them, financed from the local budget; for mayors of districts – their deputies, chiefs of staff, heads of the district executive bodies supervised by them, mayors of settlements.

“For the first time in the history of independent Kazakhstan, the responsibility of managers for their subordinates has been fixed at the legislative level,” the deputy head of the Anti-Corruption service solemnly noted.

In turn, another deputy head of the Anti-Corruption service, Shyngys Kabdula, did not hesitate taking the opportunity to appeal to fugitive Kazakh corrupt officials with an appeal to return to their homeland, promising in return a procedural agreement and changing the preventive measure to non-custodial ones.

“The Agency calls on relatives, as well as on the wanted persons themselves, to have a dialogue,” Kabdula said. “We are now conducting explanatory conversations with close relatives of the wanted persons with a view to their voluntary appearance in the investigating authorities.

According to him, Kazakh anti-corruption fighters today are looking for 70 people for committing corruption crimes. Moreover, 37 of them are outside the Republic.

It should be noted that conversations with relatives and the promise of a procedural agreement to fugitive corrupt officials have already shown their effectiveness. According to Kabdula, this year, according to the results of confidential conversations, six citizens from the USA, Austria and Ukraine voluntarily appeared in the investigative agencies.

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