Urmatbek Samaev Dismissed as Mayor of Tokmak City Following Detainment over Corruption Charges
Urmatbek Samaev, the mayor of Tokmak City, has been relieved of his position by the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov. This comes following the submission of Samaev’s resignation letter and his subsequent arrest on April 17 for alleged involvement in corrupt activities.
Investigations revealed that Samaev was involved in a sustainable corruption scheme at Tokmok Zhyluuluk municipal enterprise, specifically the illegal connection of private houses in the city to the central heating main. The proceeds from this connection were allegedly transferred to the enterprise.
Although Samaev was released from pre-trial detention on April 29, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Bishkek ordered him to pay 25 million soms in damages to the state budget. The decision to dismiss him from his post was made based on these corruption allegations.
This move by President Japarov demonstrates his commitment to rooting out corruption in Kyrgyzstan. It also serves as a warning to other public officials that corrupt practices will not be tolerated, and those involved will face consequences.