DNT WELCOMES GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO REMOVE FOREIGN MINISTER
Any form of corruption is an impediment to the nation’s progress, particularly; political corruption at the highest level of the government can be detrimental to the health of Bhutan’s young democracy. In this wake, the PDP government’s decision to remove the Foreign Minister who is currently embroiled in a lawsuit in the ongoing Lhakhang Karpo case is a correct move. Druk Nyamrup-Tshogpa is confident that such decisions will have positive impact in our collective effort to root out corruption in the country.
However, Nyamrup believes that a decision to this effect should have been taken much earlier. Therefore, question that one could ask ourselves is: Why did the PDP government wait for this action to be taken only after the court verdict that cleared the Foreign Minister of corruption? PDP presents this action on high moral ground. If morally sound, we could ask why PDP nominated him in the first place as candidate and then as a Minister? This contradic- tory decision is a demonstration of the weakness of PDP’s executive and poor judgment of its leaders.
DNT believes that corruption is a serious threat and impediment to our nation’s progress. We hope that the government will now review several of its past decisions such as such as the controversial and illegal existence of BOIC as pointed out by the National Council and the unfair promotion of electric cars as reported by ACC. These and others have disregarded the rule of law and also violated the provisions of the sacred Constitution. While Nyamrup welcomes the government’s decision, we urge the PDP government to do much more to combat corruption.