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Htantalan PDC chair sacked for corruption

Jan 23, 2009 (DVB), The chairman of Htantalan township Peace and Development Council in Chin state has been sacked after being accused of corruption by the local Union Solidarity and Development Association.

When state USDA coordinator and deputy home affairs minister general Thura Aung visited the township recently, local USDA members told him that PDC chair Kwar Leh Htan was corrupt.

According to a source close to Htantalan township PDC, the USDA members felt that Kwar Leh Htan did not pay them the appropriate respect.

"Kwar Leh Htan was a megalomaniac," the source said.

"He didn’t care about the USDA and never treated them with respect so they were disappointed and told [general Thura Aung] about his corruption."

Since Kwar Leh Htan's dismissal, rumours have been circulating in Chin state that the state’s Peace and Development Council chairman colonel Hote Ngai and other officials were angered by the decision.

This latest incident highlights ongoing tensions between USDA members and Peace and Development Council officials.

Reporting by Khin Maung Soe Min