The head of the Old Cairo district in south Cairo has been arrested after being caught red-handed while accepting an EGP 400,000 bribe, Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA), which is in charge of countering corruption, said on Sunday.
According to a statement by the ACA, the official received the bribe from a garbage collection contractor in return for not terminating a contract with several waste collection contractors and allowing them to receive late financial dues.
One of the waste collection contractors was also arrested for allegedly handing the bribe to the district head, the ACA said.
The state security prosecution ordered the detention of the two defendants pending investigation.
In January last year, former head of the Old Cairo district Mohamed Zein El-Abdin was also arrested for receiving EGP 2 million from a demolition contractor working with the district in return for disbursing funds owed to the contractor by the district, according to the ACA.
Zein El-Abdin has been detained since his arrest pending investigations.
The ACA, the state body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state bodies, has been waging a national campaign on corruption in recent years.