Banteay Meanchey provincial land management director Prak Poly has been removed from his position over suspected corruption and the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction will announce a new director today.
According to a ministry statement obtained yesterday, the ministry on Thursday had expressed plans to announce a new director, indicating that Mr Poly was officially removed from his position last Thursday.
The ministry in its statement also referred to a speech by Minister Chea Sophara delivered on Friday instructing Banteay Meanchey provincial Governor Um Reatrey to announce the new provincial land management director today. Mr Reatrey declined to comment yesterday.
The statement further noted that Mr Sophara ordered a secretary of state at the ministry to preside over the ceremony and for him to be accompanied by ministry spokesman Seng Loth along with two other officials.
Mr Sophara declined to comment yesterday. However, he had previously told a local news media that Ang Narith, currently deputy director of the master plan department at the ministry, will replace Mr Poly starting today.
“This change is a normal procedure in order to improve public service,” Mr Sophara said.
Mr Loth could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Mr Poly was previously involved in a scandal related to allegations of corruption and nepotism, prompting the ministry to create a working group on July 30 to investigate him.
According to a report by the working group obtained yesterday, Mr Poly wasted the majority of his time at work, coming into the office at 11.30am and leaving at 1.45pm.
He also used office hours to do work for personal gain, including signing documents in order to receive money.
It added that Mr Poly also assigned his brother to work in the one-window service sector at the provincial hall and kept the seal of the provincial land management to get bribes.
Mr Poly could not be reached for comment yesterday.
In a separate case, Phnom Penh Municipal Court last month charged Liem Bunroeun, Pursat provincial management department director, and two of his subordinates for allegedly seeking bribes to approve construction projects.
All three were charged with misappropriation of public funds, abuse of power and money laundering. They are currently in pre-trial detention.