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Union ministers come under fire for corruption


President U Win Myint has reportedly decided to replace Union Industry Minister U Khin Maung Cho for his involvement in a corruption scandal, Myanmar Times understands. This makes him the second minister to step down on counts of corruption. In May last year, U Kyaw Win relinquished his position as finance minister in the midst of a corruption investigation.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is investigating the bank transactions related to the accounts of the Union Minister of Electricity and Energy, his deputy and their wives.

A letter dated July 9 was issued by the ACC to the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) requesting that all private local and foreign banks check the bank account transactions of Minister of Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing, his wife Daw Hla Hla Mu, Deputy Minister U Tun Naing and his wife Daw Thin Thin Maw. The banks were to report back on the transactions as soon as possible.A letter from the CBM dated July 10 said all banks must reply within three working days to the central bank on the information requested.

Meanwhile, several local media outlets reported that the ACC had visited the office of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) to start its investigation

However, an official from MOEE who requested anonymity said the ministry was in the dark over the investigations as the ACC has not issued an official statement. “As far as we understand, questions were asked about hydropower projects,” the official said, adding that personnel related to the investigation was called for questioning.

“We don’t have a record of who were summoned. No one from our department was summoned,” the official said, adding that the minister’s office did not know when the ACC started the initial investigations nor on what the investigation was about. U Tun Naing has also been kept in the dark.

The Myanmar Times contacted ACC official U Kyaw Soe a number of times but could not reach him for comment.

According to the minister’s office, U Win Khaing has taken medical leave although his deputy continues to serve.

Source: Myanmar Times

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