Several inspectors from Ministry for Culture suspended from duty

Around eleven inspectors from the Ministry for Culture, Tourism and Craft Promotion were suspended on Thursday 9th August, in connection with fraud, corruption, illegal tax raising, and falsification of official income slips for taxes paid to the Public Treasury.

The act was overseen by the departmental minister, Rufino Ndong Esono Nchama, and included the presence of several of the inspectors implicated in the corruption plot. Furthermore, the minister Esono Nchama reiterated that there had been warnings and sanctions regarding these practices on various occasions, and thus this time he had taken the decision to suspend the group, through the application of current administration regulations.

The sanctions imposed include, among other facets, the return of the clothes assigned to the services of this role, the return within seventy-two hours of the money charged using the false income slips, and the definitive suspension of their activities within the ministry.

I have pointed out these bad practices on various occasions, but fraudulent action is still going on; as head of the Ministry, I will continue to tale steps in accordance with the current regulations of the Central State Administration regarding those who continue to carry out these actions”, said the minister, Ndong Esono Nchama.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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