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Bribery and abuse of people: Ukrainian MP on corruption risks in mobilization bill

8 February, 2024 Thursday
21:55

Oleksiy Honcharenko, MP, commented on the recognition of the draft law on mobilization by the Parliamentary Committee as one that poses corruption risks

He said this on the Espreso TV channel.

"The Anti-Corruption Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament has recognized this draft law as one that poses corruption risks. This is true, and it is a serious issue. Every time there are no clear rules, but later someone can allow something to someone else, it is obvious that there are risks. It is important to know how exactly this will be allowed. And these will be the risks when "we allow our own, but not others", or they will use acquaintances, relatives, godfathers, etc. It will probably just be bribery or mistreatment of people. This should not be the case, and we must fight it," said Honcharenko.

The Parliament should establish a clear term of service. The soldiers who are currently serving at the frontline have the right to know when they will return home, the MP said.

"This also applies to those who will be mobilized. They have the right to know how long they will serve in the army. Otherwise, it will demotivate people," he added.

It is also important that the rotations are defined. There must be a fair and just system, the MP believes.

  • Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets claims that some provisions of the draft law on mobilization violate the Constitution, Ukraine's international obligations and human rights. 
  • In late January, the government submitted an updated draft law on mobilization to the parliament. However, at its meeting on February 5, the Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Corruption Policy again recognized the document as containing corruption risks.
  • At a meeting on February 6, the Ukrainian parliament supported the extension of martial law and general mobilization for another 90 days - until May 13, 2024.
  • On February 7, the Parliament supported in the first reading the government's draft law No. 10449 on enhanced mobilization.
  • On February 8, the head of the Servant of the People faction, David Arakhamia, said that there were three points in the draft law on mobilization which the Parliament had adopted at its meeting on February 7 that needed to be improved. 
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