Zelekha: Kadima-led councils get more funds

September 21, 2007 02:31

Finance Ministry Accountant-General Yaron Zelekha on Thursday claimed to have uncovered a major corruption affair. According to Channel 2, Zelekha, in a letter to Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz, said local authorities whose heads belong to the Kadima Party received grants up to five times larger than other local authorities. Local authorities received grants as part of a recovery plan, which was initiated more than a year ago to help them recuperate from a financial crisis. Zelekha has been fighting a one-man, self-described war on corruption in the public sector for four years. He has many supporters, but also many enemies, some of whom accuse him of being a megalomaniac and unreasonably rigid. Zelekha's most well-known act was to testify before State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, while serving as finance minister, had interfered in a tender for the sale of the controlling interest in Bank Leumi on behalf of personal friends. Last month, Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On decided not to renew Zelekha's contract, which Zelekha attributed to ulterior motives. Zelekha was trying to keep his position by any means necessary and was acting out of political interest, a spokesperson for Bar-On told Army Radio Thursday.

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