Chonsawat Asavahame faulted by NACC concerning garbage collection deal

Former Samut Prakan mayor Chonsawat Asavahame has been faulted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission for disciplinary violation and committing criminal offence in connection with and garbage collection and road sweeping deal.

NACC secretary-general Sansern Poljiak told the media on Thursday that a probe team of the NACC had carried out an investigation into 5-year deal endorsed in May 2, 2003 by the Samut Prakan provincial administration organization appointing a private firm to undertake garbage collection and road sweeping in the municipal area at a total cost of 128 million baht.

The Local Administration Promotion Department objected to the deal, claiming that the Samut Prakan PAO under the leadership of the mayor, Mr Chonsawat, had no authority to enter into the contract which was binding to the budget of the PAO in excess of one year.

Sansern said Chonsawat was notified by the Local Administration Promotion Department to make rectification of the deal, but this was ignored.

Mr Chonsawat, the son of exiled former deputy interior minister Wattana Asavahame, was recently released from prison ahead of the end of the 18-month jailterm handed down by the Supreme Court after he was found guilty of election fraud and malfeasance in office.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)