Medical Superintendent at Hospital in Myanmar’s Mandalay Arrested for Corruption

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 20 December 2019

Yangon – The Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar (ACC) has sued the medical superintendent of Mandalay’s Orthopedic Hospital and one of his colleagues in connection with a corruption case.

The ACC said in its statement on Friday that it had conducted a corruption investigation after receiving reports that Dr. U Kyi Lwin, medical superintendent of Mandalay’s Orthopedic Hospital, and one of his colleagues had abused their power.

The commission said the medical superintendent of the hospital was found to have asked for bribes totaling 6 million kyats from two businessmen who had tendered bids in a project to collect car parking fees in the compound of the hospital.

It also found that the medical superintendent had asked for additional bribes worth 8 million kyats from the two businesses in relation to the same project in fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

Dr. U Kyi Lwin sought bribes from the businessmen in exchange for promising to help them win the car parking concession, the ACC said.

The commission also investigated U Aung Kyaw Oo, director of the Mandalay Regional Administration Department of Medical Treatment, for taking bribes from the tender winners to operate bicycle and motorcycle stands at the hospital.

The commission said it has opened a lawsuit at the Chan Aye Tharsan Police Station in Mandalay Region to take action against Dr. U Kyi Lwin under Section 56 of the Anti Corruption Law.

U Aung Kyaw Oo has been sued under Section 57 of the Anti Corruption Law.

”They both have been detained at the police station” said U Kyaw Soe, spokesperson of the ACC, to The Irrawaddy on Friday.

According to Section 56 of the Anti Corruption Law, any competent authority, except a person who occupies a political post, who commits corruption, shall be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison or a fine.

Under Section 57 of the law, a competent authority other than a political office holder who commits corruption shall be jailed for up to seven years, or fined.

The ACC sued a land management official from Mon State earlier in December and also sued the former Myanmar Labor Attaché to Thailand for corruption in November.