KABUL (Pajhwok): The Sar-i-Pul province Public Works Department has purchased one horn for a road grader at a cost of 60,000 afs while its market price is 1,500 afs, Pajhwok Afghan News has reliably learned.
According to documents, 90 spare parts were purchased back in 2020 by the Public Works Department for the rehabilitation of some vehicles.
These items purchased at a cost of 3.2 million afs but according to Pajhwok analysis the collective market price of these items accounted for around two million afs.
The document showed that one compression horn of a grader was purchased for 60,000 afs while in the market the same item is available for 1,500 afs.
In addition, a box of brakes paddles purchased for 18,000 afs while the market price of the same commodity is 3,500 afs.
One blubbering of Super Maz wheel is accounted for 24,000 afs while in the market it is accounted for 1,500 afs.
Of the 90 items Pajhwok searched for 29 items and checked their prices in the market and found a huge difference.
|Market Price||Public Works Dept Price||Item||Quantity||No|
|13300||30000||Kamaz Reversal||1 item||1|
|5000||15000||Kamaz Tanker Air Distributer||1 item||2|
|7600||30000||Super Maztierod||1 set||3|
|1500||24000||Super Maz Wheels Belaboring||1 item||4|
|12500||35000||CrazDamtrak Air Machine||1 set||5|
|3500||15000||CrazDamtrak wheel jug||1 set||6|
|3500||18000||CrazDamtrak Breaks||1 item||7|
|9000||30000||Damtrak Steering Pump||1 item||8|
|2900||15000||Super Maz Seal Washer||1 set||9|
|6600||20000||Pump and Washers Super Maz Section||1 set||10|
|2700||4167||Super Maz Body Support||1 item||11|
|3200||8000||Super Maz Accelerator Rod||1 item||12|
|15000||25000||Lubed Kamaz Air Machine||1 item||13|
|3200||30000||Lubed KomazTierod||1 set||14|
|29000||35000||Lubed Komaz Paestum Glass||1 set||15|
|8000||30000||Lubed Komaz Ring||1 set||16|
|1600||8000||Lubed Kamaz Break Lader||1 item||17|
|130||5000||Lubed Kamaz wheels Pacing||1 item||18|
|1400||5000||Kamaz Wheels Belaboring||1 item||19|
|1800||5000||LubetKamazKilometre Rod||1 item||20|
|1500||60000||Japanese Grader Compression horn||1 set||21|
|30000||40000||Chinese loader Salve||1 item||22|
|2100||8000||Front Robar support||1 set||23|
|600||2000||Kamaz Tanker back mirror||1 item||24|
|6500||15000||Kamaz Tanker 2-inch Walf||1 item||25|
|2200||5000||Kamaz Tanker Water Tanker||1 item||26|
|7000||10000||Super Kamaz Clutch||1 item||27|
|3500||6000||Damtrak Body Pin||1 item||28|
These products were bought in 2020 by the Public Works Department of Sar-i-Pul province through SakhiZahirzada Company for road maintenance branch of the department based on a contract.
At the end of the list of the products, there are signatures of Sar-i-Pul Public Works director, Eng. Hashmatullah, the department’s accountant, SayedEssa and finance manager, Saboor Khan Popal.
An officer of Public Works Department of Sar-i-Pul, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the vehicles repairing contract was made with SakhiZahirzada Company.
He said that the company purchased the items during the first wave of coronavirus.
“The director and finance manager of the department told drivers that they should quarantine at home due to coronavirus, and their attendance would be counted as present by the HR office of the department,” the officer said.
“They used this opportunity and brought some mechanics who made some repairing in the vehicles before the department requested drivers to attend their duties, some drivers who understood the trick were given money to keep silence,” the source said.
The officer said that money had been embezzled under the name of car repairing and then it was distributed among the Public Works Department head, finance manager and head of the company.
“The items in the list are purchased at much higher rate compared to their rates in the market, it is unjust,” the source added.
Pajhwok tried to talk with drivers, company officials, HR and finance manager, but no one was ready due to their fear from Public Works Department’s director.
Former Sar-i-Pul Public Works Department director, Eng. Hashmatullah told Pajhwok that he would collect information on the matter and would then share it with Pajhwok.
However, he did not talk with Pajhwok on the issue despite several days passed from his promise and he had turned off his phone number.
After the Taliban took control of the country, many former officials of the government fled abroad and many others turned off their phones.
This report has been produced by Pajhwok and financially supported by UNDP and Denmark.