EU Election Assessment Team: “The Afghan people resolutely engaged with the democratic process, despite security threats”
Kabul, April 2014. How does a Chief of Police of one of the most strategic districts in Kabul prepare for Election Day? Colonel Najibullah Samsoor, the new Head of Police District 10, home to many embassies in Kabul’s City Centre, has geared up the security presence in his area of responsibility. New Checkpoints have been opened up and searches of cars and residents increased tremendously. Colonel Samsoor is rather optimistic for the 5 April despite major security concerns with insurgent threats to disrupt the voting process: “Our plans are ready, and there will be more reinforcement forces to assist our personnel on the Election Day. Insh’allah, the voting process in my district will be successful and peaceful.”
Kabul, March 2014. The latest edition of EUPOL newsletter is out. Read an interesting article about the the fight against corruption and the interview of the Chief of Kabul City Police who refused a three million US dollars bribe. Besides, there are many other stories worth reading: for exaple the article of the new Crime Management College - a modern center of excellence for detectives and the leadership training that EUPOL delivers for female police officers in Afghanistan.
Kabul, March 2014. Afghanistan hit a sad record last year: Transparency International listed Afghanistan, together with Somalia and North Korea, as the most corrupt country in the world. Mr. Yasin Osmani, chairman of the Independent Joint Anti-corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) in Afghanistan, takes the listing with a grain of salt.
Last December, right after the publishing of Transparency Internationals report, MEC reminded in a press release, that the underlying surveys were based on perceptions only and did not measure actual corruption.
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Kabul, March 2014. What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats ahead for the Inspector General’s Office which is investigating all corruption cases within the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI)? A SWOT analysis, a modern decision-making tool, was a major part of the command and leadership workshop discussed with 19 senior office, including its Head, Inspector General Major General Hakim Nejrabi, at EUPOL HQ.
Kabul, March 2014. When Zulhuja’s husband, a police officer, was killed in 2003, the mother of five children decided to join the police force. After all, she had become the provider and the head of the family. Now, 11 years later, Zulhuja is one of eight students of Female Leadership Course at Kabul’s new Police Staff College. Zulhuja believes that female police officers are playing a very important role in a society like Afghanistan.
Kabul, 19 March 2014. It was a day full of joy at EUPOL HQ with traditional Afghan music, dances and Afghan food served to EUPOL colleagues and guests from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice. The party organised to mark the start of the Afghan New Year was also an opportunity not only to celebrate but to express wishes and hopes for the future.
Kabul, 17 March 2014. A ribbon was cut, a commemorative plaque unveiled and two trees planted: these were some of the highlights at the inauguration of the Afghan National Police Crime Management College. The three Million Euros investment by the European Union will provide more efficient and up-to-date specialist criminal investigation training of a professional and committed Afghan National Police. The Crime Management College and the new Afghan Police Staff College funded by the European Union were already handed over to the Ministry of Interior in February 2014.