CAIRO: Former member of parliament Abdullah al-Moghazy demanded Saturday the dismissal of Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly for wasting public funds, reported Youm7.
Moghazy said Waly issued a decision approving allowance payments for attendance and representation of the Ministry of Solidarity in ministry committees, which he says is worth thousands of pounds and is an attempt to buy the loyalty of ministry leaders and reflects the government’s scam on the people.
Former Minister of Solidarity Ahmed Boraie abolished the allowance payment during his time in the ministry, since he considered representation in the ministry a normal duty that does not constitute as extra work. Boraie said the money should be saved and distributed as bonuses to ministry employees instead of being given as an allowance that only benefits the ministry’s leaders, El-Watan News reported.
Waly’s ministerial decision abolished Boraie’s decision, initiating the return of allowance payments.
Several ministry employees issued a statement Friday condemning Waly’s behavior, adding that Waly was going against Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab’s call for austerity.
The statement said Boraie issued his decision to eliminate the “committees attendance allowance mafia” as it consumes a huge part of the budget and benefits a limited number ofministry leaders.
Waly said Friday that people outside of the ministry work in these committees and the ministry cannot utilize them without any return, adding that ministry employees, who receive allowance usually work more time in order to attend these committees including their days off, El-Watan News reported.
Additional reporting by Mohamed Magdi.