Trying to ban associations controlling public money disrupts Moroccan civil society

The Moroccan Association for the Protection of Public Funds organized a protest sit-in in Rabat on Saturday May 7 (May), to denounce the direction of the Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Wahbi, who seeks to prevent defense associations of human rights to work in the field of protection of public money from filing complaints with the public prosecutor against looters of public money in public establishments.

Regarding the reasons for organizing the demonstration, Mohamed El-Glousi, head of the Moroccan Association for the Protection of Public Funds, said: “The vigil convened by his authority with the participation of many civil society activities is the opportunity to denounce the irresponsibility and provocative declarations of the Minister of Justice, which he repeated on several occasions”, explaining that “the Minister must know that civil society is not a small wall that he can cross , and that the Minister wants his latest approach to send messages to certain parties to defend them, confirming that he is able to deter the voices that criticize these parties, hold them accountable and take them to court. civil society an important place, and has made it a key partner in the production and evaluation of public policies.

For his part, Samir Bouzid, Deputy Director of the Executive Office of the National Authority for the Protection of Public Funds and Transparency in Morocco, wondered about the real reason for the statements of the Minister of Justice. procedures, whether at the level of the council of government or parliament?!” He added: “Why this prejudice against the institutions of civil society which play their role in the fight against corruption and the looting of public money? as stated in the constitutional requirements, instead of seeking to enhance these associations to a key player in the formulation, monitoring and follow-up of national anti-corruption policies, programs and plans.

Principles involved

Muhammad Al-Ghulusi explained that recent statements by the Minister of Justice bring into play many constants, such as the principles of the rule of truth and law, linking responsibility to accountability and equality before the law, and that they test the availability of the will to fight corruption, bribery, the looting of public money and the policy of cutting with the policy of rents, noting that it is “the political will that society aspires to in order to strengthen the bridges of trust in institutions and to move forward with hope and determination to build a promising and better future, an equitable distribution of wealth and development sustainable”, considering that “unfortunately there are those who seek to stifle free voices and muzzle the mouths, and yearn for past eras, and want a political life without opposition or criticism”. ibution to the promotion of the values ​​of true citizenship, and driven by the desire to perpetuate the reality of corruption, bribery and looting. he added, “and therefore these people should know that a lot has changed and significant transformations have taken place in society. In more ways than one, the level of consciousness of broad social strata has risen, and therefore, public opinion will not tolerate the continuation of corruption and its protectors, and will develop various methods to resist this trend, which is plunging the country into crisis and blocking the horizon.

The state controls public money

And Abdellatif Wehbe, the Moroccan Minister of Justice, had clarified before the Chamber of Councilors (the second chamber) that “the one who has the right to file a complaint against any group leader or elected official is the Minister of the Interior, because he he is the one who stalks the financial affairs of the groups”, considering that “any candidate who succeeds in the elections. “Companies are suing him with complaints based on the reports of the High Council of Accounts, and therefore we will not find in the future who dares to stand for election”, noting that “the control and monitoring of public funds is the prerogative of the State, and the citizen has the right to make observations, which he must transmit to the representatives of the people who have the right to speak about them”. Any imbalance in Parliament. And the Minister of Justice considered that the Higher Council of Accounts, as a constitutional institution, is the one who has the right to write to the Public Ministry, which is also a constitutional institution, with the aim of moving judicial follow-up cases of looting of public funds, and the minister’s remarks come in the shadow of the virtual absence of the Supreme Council. For the accounts, faced with the eruption of several cases of looting of public funds, the protection of money public are those who alerted them.

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For his part, Muhammad Al-Ghulusi indicated that the Minister of Justice, as if he wanted to say, through his statements, that public funds belong to the State, and that they are not the money of taxpayers, adding that “the High Council of Accounts is a constitutional institution responsible for exercising control over public funds and establishments subject to the authority of the Council, and that the Ministry of the Interior has a General Inspectorate which draws up reports on the imbalances that may arise in the management of certain local authorities,” explaining that “the questions posed by public opinion and awaiting clear answers to them mean that all the reports made by these two institutions are not brought to justice, especially since there are reports of a criminal nature, some of them even constituting a real danger, and indicating the involvement of officials exercising some public responsibility, and why these reports do not indicate the responsibility of senior civil servants and senior civil servants in these imbalances, and what prevents the two institutions from transmitting all these reports together To the judicial authorities without selectivity and without further consideration, and why does the Ministry of the Interior adopt some of its reports to urgently remove some heads of local groups from their positions, while tolerating Is it for some of the other group leaders, despite the seriousness of the faults administrative offenses they have committed and reports drawn up against them?

Restrict illegal associations

Following recent statements by the Minister of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior has restricted associations that do not have legal personality, explaining in a press release that “certain associations, particularly professional ones, publish reports on their activities, positions or decisions, even if they have no legal status. “required and because of their incompatibility with legal requirements and the non-renewal of their governing bodies, as provided for in the law regulating the right to form associations”, considering that “these practices mislead national and international public opinion, and at the same time undermine the essence of the rule of law based on an equation of balance between the exercise of rights and the fulfillment of duties. the law.

perpetuate corruption

Since taking office in October 2021, the government has worked to withdraw some bills from parliament, drawing a torrent of criticism as it was headed towards perpetuating corruption. Unfortunately, since the inauguration of the current government, he has been fighting all the tools and mechanisms to fight corruption, starting with the government program without any anti-corruption measures, then the great rush to withdraw the bill on Illicit Enrichment and the Temporary Occupation of the Public Domain Bill, considered an important anti-corruption mechanism, noting that “all of this tangibly confirms that the current government is not among its priorities for fight against corruption, but rather seeks to immunize the corrupt, to silence associations, to reduce their roles, to withdraw the missions entrusted to them in terms of monitoring and control of elected officials, and to file a complaint on the imbalances observed against them , it is a major setback in the fight against corruption and saboteurs, and a blow to the highest law in the land (the constitution) which linked responsibility to responsibility.”

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