CAIRO: Eleven officials of the Agriculture Ministry were referred Monday to General Prosecution over accusations of corruption and profiteering, announced caretaker Minister of Water Resource and Irrigation Hossam al-Moghazy, the acting Agriculture Minister, in a statement.
The accused officials face accusations of illegally facilitating the sale of a piece of land, affiliated with the General Authority for Agriculture Reform in Dakahlia Governorate, 126 km north of Cairo. They are also accused of profiteering when they facilitated the licensing of a poultry farm in Upper Egypt’s Minya, Moghazy added.
“We will not be lenient to root out corruption nor allow a small corrupted group’s affront to the honest majority […] in the Ministry of Agriculture,” he continued.
Moghazy was mandated Wednesday to take on duties of the Ministry of Agriculture when the former Minister Salah Helal resigned and was then charged with accepting bribes.
He and other three accused persons face charges of facilitating the sale of 2,500 acres in Wadi al-Natroun city in Delta’s Beheira Governorate.
Amid corruption charges, former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab’s Cabinet resigned Saturday and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi appointed Minister of Petroleum Shrief Ismail to form the New cabinet.