Author(s): Wael Gamal
Former chief auditor Hesham Geneina is facing trial after a controversial report about the extent of corruption in Egypt. Following the publication of the full Arabic report in Mada Masr, Wael Gamal reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of Geneina’s report.
Exaggeration is the main accusation leveled against the Central Auditing Authority and its former head Geneina. For this, Geneina is facing trial on charges of disseminating false news that could harm Egypt’s economy and disturb social peace and security.
The presidential fact-finding committee created to look into a study on corruption carried out by the CAA under Geneina’s leadership makes five primary criticisms: misleading and exaggerating; lack of credibility; deliberate omissions; misusing figures to present positive numbers and policies in a negative light; and misusing the word “corruption.” All of these criticisms lead to the same conclusion: The study presents an exaggerated estimate of the extent of corruption in Egypt…
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