Court orders Kachin State ex-chief minister Dr Khet Aung, ex-ministers U Wai Lin, U Win Nyunt, U La Saing (aka) U Da Shi La Saing, U Nawli (aka) Za Khaung Kham Yan, U Zaw Win, U Nay Win, state municipal director U Soe Naing to jail under Anti-Corruption Law
- Sat, 23 April 2022
Anti-Corruption Commission inspected the complaints against Kachin State ex-chief minister Dr Khet Aung, ex-ministers U Nay Win, U Zaw Win, U Wai Lin, U Win Nyunt and their close partners under the Anti-Corruption Law. According to the inspections, Kachin State ex-chief minister Dr Khet Aung and ex-ministers U Wai Lin and U Win Nyunt allowed a private company to pave AC tar road of 23 miles long Myitkyina-Bhamo road. It was not mentioned in the budget of the 2017-2018FY, using K11007.009 million that must be returned to the government without calling tender as per the President’s Office Directive 1/2017. According to the QC team, the road was unqualified and was repaired, and it did not follow the terms and conditions of the contracts, and it caused losses to the State budget. Kachin State ex-chief minister Dr Khet Aung and ex-ministers U Wai Lin and U La Hsaing (aka) U Dar Shi La Hsaing failed to follow President’s Office Notification 1/2017 when they sold the confiscated 10,000 tonnes of quartz in 2020.
They sold 5,000 tonnes each to two companies at K36,000 per tonne, and it caused K240 million losses to the State budget. According to Order No 70/2020 of the Union Government, they failed to pay 20 per cent of quartz sales – K72 million to the Union Budget, and it caused losses to the State budget. Ex-chief minister Dr Khet Aung and ex-minister U Wai Lin used over K1,492 million from the General Reserve Fund (GRF), which is not allowed to use, for the 2018-2019FY in constructing a two-storey guesthouse for the Kachin State government without following financial rules and regulations. Ex-chief minister Dr Khet Aung and ex-minister U Wai Lin also spent more than K248 million on the construction of tar road, concrete bridge and canal in Myaymyint, Tatkon and Dukahtaung wards in 2019-2020FY without calling tender in line with the President’s Office notification no 1/2017. The ex-minister U Zaw Win received about K2.1million of bribes from the in-charge and staff of the border inspection camp in 2019 and 2020. The ex-minister U Wai Lin took more than K57million when he divided the K525 million cash prizes received from the seized fertilizer auction on the Waingmaw-Sadon-Kanpaikti Road in 2019. He asked for K30 million from the state company owners, giving reasons for the construction of the Mogaung township party office in 2020. Ex-minister U La Hsaing (aka) U Dar Shi La Hsaing misused his power and took K96 million from gem entrepreneurs to construct a township party office and Hpakant township party office in 2019 and 2020. Ex-minister U Win Nyunt misused his power and took K20 million from business people under the title of construction Waingmaw township party office and K25million to purchase materials for Nay Pyi Taw party research office in 2019 and 2020. Ex-minister U Nay Win and U Nawli (aka) Za Khaung Kham Yal, and Director U Soe Naing of the Kachin municipal department used K219 million for fuel and maintenance and heavy maintenance of 23 unregistered vehicles in 2018-2019 and 2019- 2020FYs. Ex-chief minister Dr Khat Aung, ex-ministers U Wai Lin, U Win Nyunt, U La Hsaing (aka) U Dar Shi La Hsaing, U Nawli (aka) Za Khaung Kham Yal, U Zaw Win and U Nay were charged under Section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law. Kachin State municipal department ex-director U Soe Naing was charged under Section 56 of the Anti-Corruption Law at Kachin State High Court. As they were found guilty, the court sentenced Dr Khet Aung to 12 years in prison with labour under Section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law and U Wai Lin to nine years in jail with labour under Section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law. U Win Nyunt, U La Hsaing (aka) U Dar Shi La Hsaing, U Nawli (aka) Za Khaung Kham Yal, U Zaw Win and U Nay Win were sentenced to three years in prison with labour under Section 55 of the Anti-Corruption Law and ex-director U Soe Naing to eight months in jail with labour and K300,000 fine under Section 56 of the Anti-Corruption Law on 22 April.