Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Health minister summoned to Assembly

Health minister summoned to Assembly

Health minister summoned to Assembly

Minister of Health Mam Bunheng has been called to appear in parliament over his alleged inaction in response to the Global Fund scandal and other allegations of corruption in the health sector, an opposition lawmaker has said.

The request for Bunheng to appear before the National Assembly on Friday was made by Ho Vann, a lawmaker who chairs parliament’s anti-corruption commission.

Ho Sothy, chief of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet, and Or Vandin, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry, said they had not received the request as of yesterday afternoon.

“The Global Fund found Ministry of Health officers has used the granted aid in a network of corruption. So far no legal measures have been taken. I want to know what the minister of health is doing about that,” Vann said.

A November 2013 investigation found, among other things, that two senior Ministry of Health officials had defrauded the multibillion-dollar fund out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for allocating more than $11.7 million in contracts to two foreign firms who allegedly bribed them to secure the contracts.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the

  • Soaring global fuel prices: an opportunity for Cambodia?

    Cambodia is feeling the squeeze from the soaring global coal and oil prices. Electricity du Cambodge (EDC)would certainly be hurting from this reality, and most likely re-assessing its plans to add more coal power stations. EDC buys half of Cambodia’s electricity from plants

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when