North Korean authorities recently two people responsible for the management of personnel from the Department of Organization and Guidance (OGD) and their families were expelled to the countryside over allegations of corruption, the Daily NK has learned.
A source in Pyongyang told Daily NK on May 3 that authorities recently ended a official nicknamed Kim and an OGD Guidance OfficerDepartment of Executives. Kim and the an official would have selected staff for business based on who could give them the most bribes instead of who had the best skills and professional qualities.
People who hope for a successful career in the Central Committee gave the two men huge sums of money under the table in exchange for a nomination for important posts.
For example, a graduate of Kim Il Sung University gave Kim and the guidance counselor about $ 6,000 in exchange for help being selected for an important position. However, the two broke their promise for over a year. They also did not return the $ 6,000.
Authorities uncovered the couple’s corruption after Kim Il Sung University graduate reported the case to the Central Committee.
During its investigation, the OGD found that the two men had received between 10,000 and 20,000 dollars in bribes from regional officials in exchange for the promise of “help” to access the facilities. positions they wanted.
“The fight against corruption among civil servants [party] organizations has become more intense, ”the source said. “Because this corruption case took place while this campaign against corruption continues, Kim and the guidance counselor will receive much tougher penalties.”
In the past, the authorities sent party officials who had made missteps to be “revolutionized” but eventually allowed them to resume their functions. However, this time the situation will likely be different.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently gave the order “never to tolerate the corruption of employees of central party organizations,” stressing that “[corrupt] people have to pay for their behavior. As a result, the authorities expelled official OGD Kim, the guidance counselor who worked with him, and their families to a rural area in South Hwanghae Province.
“This phenomenon of people applauding externally [for the Party and the leader] and then dreaming of something else in private are considered the anti-party and anti-revolutionary acts of someone who has given up his loyalty to the Supreme Leader, ”the source said. “Kim and the guidance counselor who worked with him have fallen to their lowest point, and they will never get over it.”
“Because another corruption case took place this year, the authorities are trying to fight corruption by forcing every division of the OGD to submit letters of self-criticism,” the source continued. “However, unless the treatment of civil servants [like Kim who stand to benefit from bribes] improves, corruption will be impossible to eliminate completely. “
The Daily NK published a report on a similar corruption case at Pyongyang Medical University in November last year. In this incident, the authorities chose to publicly execute the leader, dismiss senior Central Committee officials linked to the scandal, and force them to work as ordinary laborers.
* Translated by S&J