The attempt to ban public money-controlling associations is disturbing Moroccan civil society

The Moroccan Association for the Protection of Public Funds organized a protest rally in Rabat on Saturday, May 7 (May), condemning the order of the Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Wahbi, who is trying to prevent human rights organizations from working. in the field of protection of public money against the filing of complaints with the Public Prosecutor against looters of public money in public institutions.

Regarding the reasons for organizing the protest, Mohamed El-Glousi, head of the Moroccan Association for the Protection of Public Funds, said: “The vigil called by his authority with the participation of many activities in civil society is an opportunity to denounce the irresponsible and provocative statements of the Minister of Justice, which he repeated on a number of occasions, “explains that” the Minister must know that civil society is not a short wall over which he can not jump, and that the minister wants to send his last approach.messages to certain parties to defend them, confirming that he is able to deter votes criticizing those parties, hold them accountable and take them to the courts to drag. ” That the mandate of the Minister of Justice is contrary to the 2011 constitution, which granted civil society an important position, and made it a key partner in the production and evaluation of public policies.

In turn, Samir Bouzid, Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the National Authority for the Protection of Public Funds and Transparency in Morocco, questioned the real reason for the statements made by the Minister of Justice. ratifications go through procedures, whether at the level of the government council or parliament ?! ” He added, “Why is this prejudice against civil society institutions that play their role in fighting corruption and looting public money as set out in the constitutional requirements, instead of trying to upgrade. these associations to a key player in the formulation, monitoring and tracking of national policies, programs and plans to fight corruption.

Principles at stake

Muhammad Al-Ghulusi explained that the recent statements of the Minister of Justice put many constants at stake, such as the principles of the state of truth and law, which link responsibility with accountability and equality before the law, and that it affects the availability of political will to combat corruption, bribery, looting of public money and cuts to rental policies, noting that it is “political will that society strives to strengthen bridges of trust in institutions and to pursue with hope and determination to move the future to build a promising and better tomorrow A fair distribution of wealth and sustainable development, “considering that” unfortunately there are those who seek to stifle free voices and mouths, and yearn for past eras, and ‘ want a political life without opposition or criticism, associations and a contribution to the promotion of the values ​​of true citizenship, and inhabited by the desire to face the reality of corruption, bribery and to continue looting. ” public money, and the spread of all practices that preserve this reality and make all profits, ”he added,“ and therefore these people need to know that many things have changed and important transformations have taken place in society. At more than one level, the level of awareness of large social segments has risen, and therefore public opinion will not tolerate the perpetuation of corruption and its protectors, and will devise various methods to resist this trend, which puts the country in a crisis pressure. and block the horizon.

The state controls public money

And Abdellatif Wehbe, the Moroccan Minister of Justice, made it clear before the House of Representatives (Second Chamber) that “whoever has the right to lodge a complaint against any group leader or elected official, the Minister of the Interior is, because he is the one who monitors the financial affairs of the groups, “considering that” any candidate who succeeds in the elections. ” Associations are chasing him with complaints based on the reports of the Supreme Board of Accounts, and therefore we will not find in the future who will dare to participate in the elections, “and note that” monitoring and tracing of public funds the “is a prerogative of the state, and the citizen has the right to make observations, which he must convey to the representatives of the people who have the right to speak. Any imbalances within Parliament.” And the Minister of Justice is of the opinion that the Supreme Council of Accounts, as a constitutional institution, is the one that has the right to write to the Public Prosecutor, which is also a constitutional institution, with the aim of moving judicial follow-up in cases of looting of public money, and the minister’s rulings come in the shadow of the almost absence of the Supreme Court.For the bills, given the outburst of several cases of looting of money in public institutions, the associations for the protection of public money were those who warned them.

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Muhammad Al-Ghulusi in turn indicated that the Minister of Justice, as if by his statements meant that public funds belong to the state, and that it is not taxpayers’ money, adding that “the Supreme Council of Accounts is a constitutional institution concerned with the exercise of control over public funds and institutions subject to the authority of the Council, and that the Ministry of Home Affairs has a General Inspectorate which completes official reports relating to the imbalances in the management of some territorial groups may occur, ”explains that“ the questions posed by public opinion that await clear answers are why not all the reports completed by these two bodies are referred to the judiciary, especially since Reports are of a criminal nature, some of them even a real danger, and indicate the involvement of officials who have some public responsibility and why these reports do not indicate the responsibility of senior officials and senior officials in these imbalances, and which together prevent the two bodies from transmitting all these reports to the judicial authorities without selectivity and without any other consideration, and why does the Ministry of Home Affairs accept some of its reports to urgently dismiss some heads of local groups while they are being approved Is this for some of the other heads of groups, despite the seriousness of the administrative mistakes they committed, and official reports against them were completed?

Restrict Illegal Associations

Following the recent statements by the Minister of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior has restricted associations that do not have legal status, explaining in a statement that “some associations, especially professional associations, publish reports on their activities, positions or decisions , although they do not have legal status. ” and because of their incompatibility with legal requirements and the failure to renew their leadership bodies, as provided for in the law governing the right to form associations, ”taking into account that“ these practices mislead national and international public opinion. , and at the same time undermines the essence of the rule of law based on a comparison of balance between the exercise of rights and respect for duties. ” The ministry has confirmed that it will implement legal and judicial procedures in the face of those bodies that violate the law.

corruption continues

Since its inauguration in October 2021, the government has been working to withdraw some bills from Parliament, which has provoked an avalanche of criticism as it was on its way to perpetuating corruption. Unfortunately, he has fought all the instruments since the inauguration of the current government. and mechanisms to fight corruption, starting with the government program that came without any measures to combat corruption, and then the great urgency to withdraw the draft law on illegal enrichment and the draft law on temporary occupation of public property, which if considered legal. mechanism that is important in the fight against corruption, noting that “it all tangibly confirms that the current government is not among its priorities in the fight against corruption, but rather seeks to immunize the corrupt, to silence the mouths of associations. , reduce their roles, withdraw the tasks entrusted to them, regarding the detection and monitoring of the elect, and the filing of complaints about the imbalances recorded against them, This is a major regression in the way of the fight against corruption and corruption, and a blow to the highest law in the country (the constitution) which linked responsibility to accountability. ”

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