Non-declared property of local self-government officials
Transparency International Georgia continues monitoring the officials' property declarations.
Our study has revealed that some officials of the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Imereti and Adjara self-government institutions have submitted incomplete information on their property and business activities in the annual property declarations.1
The legal terms and mechanisms for the submission of property declarations, by the officials, are regulated by the Law of Georgia On the Conflict of Interests and Corruption in the Civil Service, as well as the 14 January 2010 Decree N22 of the President of Georgia, which provides the register of officials for whom filling in the property declarations is made mandatory.
Gocha Dgebuadze, Acting Gamgebeli (local governor) of the Senaki Municipality
The declaration that Gocha Dgebuadze submitted in September 2013 states that he is a partner of "Kolkhi-99" LLC, but without indicating that his spouse, Lali Nadaraia-Dgebuadze, is the co-owner of 33.34 percent shareholding in "Kolkhi-99" LLC. "Kolkhi-99" LLC owns a 5032 sq.m of a non-agricultural land plot at 12a Chavchavadze Street in Senaki, including five different buildings located on this land (cad./cod. 44.01.28.190).
Gocha Dgebuadze's declaration is silent on his 100% shareholding in DitoMotors LLC, as well as Lali Nadaraia-Dgebuadze being the 100% shareholder and Director of "Traveller" LLC.
Furthermore, Gocha Dgebuadze has not declared the agricultural (personal allotment) land (426.36 sq.m) located at 31 Demuria Street in Senaki and the building with a total area of 444.65 sq.m (cad./cod. 44.01.03.092).
Edisher Toloraia, Acting Gamgebeli of the Zugdidi Municipality
Edisher Toloraia has not reported in the declaration submitted in February 2014 that since 2011 his spouse, Maka Ghurtskaia, is the 100% shareholder of "Tbili Kera 2011" LLC.
Toloraia has not declared that his sister, Ekaterine Toloraia, owns 50% shareholding in "Orte" LLC.
Furthermore, Edisher Toloraia has not declared the car park owned by Maka Ghurtskaia, located in Tbilisi, at 14a Nutsubidze Street (cad./cod. 01.10.15.007.042.01.629).
Davit Babilua, Chairman of Sakrebulo (local council) of the Self-Governing City of Poti
In the declaration submitted in February 2013 Davit Babilua has not reported that by the time of filling in the declaration he owned 50% of "M.K." LLC. He has remedied this gap in the new declaration and currently owns 100% of shares in the same LLC.
The declaration is also silent on the fact that Davit Babilua's son, Vasil Babilua, owns a 535.5 sq.m non-agricultural land plot at 66 Kldiashvili Street in Poti (cad./cod. 04.01.08.161).
Levan Konjaria, Chairman of Sakrebulo of the Zugdidi Municipality
Levan Konjaria did not report in the declaration submitted in August 2013 that his spouse, Ia Khvingia, has received from the President's Reserve Fund on 27 June 2013 the single financial aid (income) in the amount of 10,814.10 GEL.
Since 2011, Ia Khvingia is the Chair of the Board of the Non-Entrepreneurial (Non-Commercial) Legal Entity "Wisdom Pyramid". Furthermore, since 2011, Ia Khvingia is also the Deputy Chair of the Board of Association "Gaenati". Both organizations offer private lessons in different subjects to interested persons . It is unclear if Ia Khvingia has received any financial income from these organizations. At the same time, it is notable that Levan Konjaria was obliged to include this information in the declaration only if his spouse would have received any income from the abovementioned positions.
Temur Chubinidze, Acting Gamgebeli of the Tkibuli Municipality
Temur Chubinidze has submitted the declaration on 28 December 2013. The declaration is silent on his spouse’s, Nino Tsirekidze, 7% shareholding of in "Mining Investment Corporation" LLC, which she owns pursuant to the Entrepreneurial Registry data.
Levan Kirkitadze, Deputy Chairman of the Kutaisi Sakrebulo
Levan Kirkitadze has filed the declaration on 29.06.2013 as the Deputy Chairman of Sakrebulo. The declaration does not report on his 25% shareholding in "Natakhtari - Imereti" LLC, which he owns according to the Entrepreneurial Registry data.
Medea Vasadze, Chair of the Commission for Human Rights Protection of the Adjara Supreme Council
Member of the Adjara Supreme Council Medea Vasadze has submitted the declaration on 21 December 2013. In the column for fulfilled paid work she has inserted 1735.00 GEL - income received from legal practice in 2013. Medea Vasadze became a member of the Adjara Supreme Council as a result of the 1 October 2012 election, and accordingly, after the election to this position she was prohibited by law from fulfilling other paid work pursuant to Article 64.1 of the Law of Georgia on the Civil Service.
Irakli Jashi, Member of the Adjara Supreme Council
In addition, Irakli Jashi is the President and member of the Executive Committee of the Adjarian Association of Backgammon and Board Sport Games, but it is unclear if Jashi has received any income from this position.
According to the Public Registry data, Irakli Jashi's spouse, Gulnara Jashi, owns a 2018.00 sq.m agricultural land parcel (cad./cod. 05.32.04.402) in the Kakhaberi settlement of city of Batumi, but Irakli Jashi has not reported this property in the declaration.
Yuri Katamadze, Chairman of Sakrebulo of the Shuakhevi Municipality
Yuri Katamadze has submitted the declaration on 5 March 2013. The civil servant has not reported the below-listed real property that he holds a title to:
1. 220,00 sq.m agricultural land plot located in the Shuakhevi District, Uchamba Sakrebulo (cad./cod. 24.06.35.092);
2. 756,00 sq.m agricultural land plot located in the Shuakhevi District, Uchamba Sakrebulo (cad./cod. 24.06.35.032);
3. 2327,00 sq.m agricultural land plot located in the Shuakhevi District, Uchamba Sakrebulo (cad./cod. 24.06.35.098);
4. 3579,00 sq.m agricultural land plot located in the Shuakhevi District, Uchamba Sakrebulo (cad./cod. 24.06.35.045).
Submission of declarations by the officials is an essential mechanism of transparency and accountability, and therefore it is necessary that the officials fill in the declarations in full. Furthermore, submission of incomplete declarations involves corruption risks as well. The legislation must provide for adequate sanctions in cases of breaches of lawful requirements, which unfortunately are not available at this point.
Transparency International Georgia has on numerous occasions pointed out to the authorities the need to develop extra monitoring mechanisms for an efficient fight against corruption.
1 The study includes data as of 28 February 2014.