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Burma’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has suspended its Taungoo District chairperson, Sein Tun, for alleged misappropriation of local village funds and donations provided by the party for disaster victims.
NLD spokesperson Nyan Win said that Sein Tun was suspended for one year as of the end of February, but could retain his position as lower house MP for the constituency of Htantabin in Pegu [Bago] Division.
“I know that there are two cases that led to [Sein Tun]’s suspension,” said Nyan Win. “First, he was entrusted with over 80 million kyat (US$80,000) in funds from the residents of Chaungwa village who wanted to contract a private company to install electricity in the town.
“To this day, they haven’t seen any electricity and [Sein Tun] has constantly been avoiding them,” said Nyan Win.
“In the other case, the party’s headquarters gave him a 10-million-kyat donation for flood victims in Htantabin, but he never handed over the money. The party launched an investigation and demanded that he return the money, but he never did. He was therefore suspended as a party member for his misconduct.”
Speaking to DVB on the sidelines of a parliamentary session in Naypyidaw, Sein Tun said the NLD accusations were unfounded.
“The party’s disciplinary committee has conducted this inquiry without following any official procedures,” said the Pegu MP. “They have chosen to punish me without conducting a proper investigation. They simply decided to pass judgment based on these allegations. I find it highly inappropriate.”
He said he was holding discussions with the party’s township and district officials, and would soon release a statement denouncing the decision.