JAKARTA, NNC - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) received 459 complaints related to village funds during January-June 2017.
The complaints are among others the inappropriate or fictitious procurement of goods and services, budget markup, not involving the community in village meetings, misappropriation of village funds for personal gain, poor supervision and embezzlement of village officials' fees.
In 2017, the cases handled concerning misuse of village funds include the arrest of Pamekasan (East Java) Regent Achmad Syafii and Head of Pamekasan District Attorney Rudi Indra Prasetia.
"So do not play games again in the management of village funds," said Moch Jasin, a former chairman of the KPK, Tuesday (3/13/2018).
Thus, the cases handled by the KPK, misuse of village funds also resulted in four village heads in Merangin (Jambi) were detained by the prosecutor's office. Also in Bone (South Sulawesi) a village chief was detained by a local police station because of the same case.
To prevent the growing corruption at the village level Yasin reminded the need for funding allocation for supervision, village funding and capacity building of the village apparatus.
"In addition to the need to increase the capacity of regional APIP [internal monitoring apparatus] in village fund audit, it is also necessary to increase the participation and optimization of the local government [empowering village communities) in the socialization of planning and use of village funds as well as the need for capacity building and integrity of the Village Fund Assistance Workforce by the Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (Kemendes PDTT)," Jasin said as quoted from Visinews.
Meanwhile the participation of the community and village officials is expected to suppress the number of corruption with the courage of citizens by reporting the alleged existence of corruption in the village and choosing not to give or take bribes.
"Also reporting the acceptance of gratification, voicing anti-corruption movement through various media and socializing and campaigning anti-corruption," he concluded.