Public official family members in the public service - საერთაშორისო გამჭვირვალობა - საქართველო
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Public official family members in the public service

28 November, 2016

Transparency International Georgia (TI Georgia) analyzed asset declarations filed by Georgian public officials and identified instances where family members of these officials are employed in the same or related institutions. The majority of such cases were identified in local government bodies. We focused on cases when a family member was not already employed in the public sector at the time of the public official’s appointment. We identified 70 such cases in different regions of the country.

In a 2015 public opinion survey, TI Georgia asked respondents whether they heard of cases where competition for a job opening in public service was unfair and preference was given to friends, relatives or party members. 15% of respondents said that they have often heard of such cases, and 29% said that they rarely heard of such cases.

The problem of illegal dismissals from public service and violations of competitive recruitment procedures became much more prominent following the 2012 Parliamentary and the 2014 Local Government Elections. These problems were highlighted by the Supreme Court, the Public Defender and local civil society organizations. The public servant certification process was also conducted with serious violations. TI Georgia provided legal defense to dozens of citizens who were illegally dismissed from public service, or whose rights were violated during the recruitment process. TI Georgia also proposed criminalization of nepotism in the public service, but this initiative was not supported by the Parliament. 

The cases presented below do not necessarily involve violations of competitive recruitment rules. The list is not aimed at questioning any specific individual’s professionalism or integrity. What it intends to do is show that, considering the shortcomings of the enforcement of Georgia's Anti-Corruption Law, such a high number of cases indicates the existence of a systemic problem and the need for an effective response. Moreover, this research is based solely on data included in asset declarations filed by public officials and, therefore, cannot reflect the full extent of the problem.

TI Georgia’s main recommendation for solving the problem of nepotism in the public service is to set up an independent anti-corruption agency that will be equipped with appropriate authority and resources and protected from political influence. TI Georgia has already elaborated a relevant legislative proposal; however, the Parliament has yet to review it. We call on the new Parliament to pay special attention to the challenges faced by the public service and to take effective steps to overcome them.

Kakheti

Giorgi Mchedlishvili – Head of the Administrative Department of Lagodekhi Municipality since 2013

According to the 2014 asset declaration, his wife Lela Kurtanidze is a chief specialist at Lagodekhi Municipal Administration.

Davit Jorjadze – Chairman of the Georgian Dream faction in Telavi City Council since 2015

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Maia Chichua is a specialist at the Administrative Department of Telavi City Hall.

Zurab Arsenishvili – First Deputy Governor of various administrative - territorial units (Akhmeta, Gurjaani, Dedoplistskaro, Telavi, Lagodekhi, Sagarejo, Sighnaghi and Kvareli Municipalities) since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Lela Beriashvili was appointed as director of NNLE Culture Center of the Telavi Self-governing Community.

Dimitri Kalatozishvili – Deputy Governor of Gurjaani Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Nana Ramazashvili was appointed as head of the Legal Department of Gurjaani Municipal Council.

Zurab Chkheidze – Deputy Chairman of Kvareli Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Lali Avazashvili was appointed as chief specialist at the Culture Department of Kvareli Municipal Administration.

Gocha Kitesashvili – Commission Chairman at Akhmeta Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his daughter Maka Kitesashvili is a senior specialist at the Internal Audit Department of Akhmeta Municipal Administration.

Nikoloz Khutsishvili – Deputy Chairman of Dedoplistskaro Municipal Council in 2013-2014; Chairman of the Georgian Dream - Free Democrats faction in Dedoplistskaro Municipal Council since 2015

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Maka Gigolashvili was appointed as senior specialist at the Legal Department of Dedoplistkaro Municipality Administration.

Nugzar Papiashvili – Deputy Chairman of Dedoplistskaro Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Tsiuri Zurabashvili was appointed as a specialist at Dedoplistskaro Municipal Administration.

 

Adjara

Jumber Abuladze – Deputy Head of LEPL Adjara Forestry Agency since 2014

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his son Jaba Abuladze is an assistant accountant at LEPL Adjara Forestry Agency.

Suliko Surmanidze – Head of the Oversight Department of Keda Municipality since 2014

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his son Giorgi Surmanidze is head of the Budget Planning Department of Keda Municipal Administration.

Kukuri Umpriani – Commission Chairman at Adjara Municipal Council since 2012

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Eka Mikiani is a specialist at Adjara Municipal Administration.

 

Guria

Gia Giorgadze – employee of Chokhatauri Municipal Administration since 2009; Head of the Economy and Infrastructure Department since 2014

According to the 2014 asset declaration, his son Vazha Giorgadze is an accountant at Chokhatauri Municipality NNLE Bakhmaro Resort.

Koba Dundua – Deputy Mayor of Ozurgeti sicne 2015

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Tinatin Nadiradze is a project and program specialist at NNLE Ozurgeti Municipal Center of Culture and Youth.

Giorgi Ghurjumelidze – Deputy Governor of Ozurgeti Municipality since 2013

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Natela Zedgenidze was appointed as a chief specialist at Ozurgeti Municipal Council.

 

Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

Ketevan Khardziani – Head of the Oversight Department of Mestia Municipality since 2014; Head of the Administrative Department since 2015

According to the 2015 asset declaration, her husband Besik Japaridze is deputy head of NNLE Mestia Cleaning Service.

Gocha Dgebuadze – Governor of Senaki Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Lali Nadaria is a medical statistician at NNLE Senaki Municipal Healthcare Center.

Gela Kintsurashvili – Head of the Military Recruitment Department of Senaki Municipality since 2015

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Ekaterine Jojua is a specialist at NNLE Senaki Municipal Cultural Center.

Maizer Nanava – Commission Chairman at Zugdidi Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Nino Karchava is a specialist at NNLE Zugdidi Municipal Central Library.

Besik Nachkhebia – Head of Agriculture Development Department of Khobi Municipality in 2014-2015

According to the 2014 asset declaration, his wife Inga Beraia was appointed as a specialist at NNLE Khobi Municipal Cultural Center.

Murtaz Bokuchava – Head of the Budget and Finance Department of Zugdidi City Hall since 2015

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his daughter Nino Bokuchava was appointed as senior specialist of the American section of NNLE Zugdidi City Central Library.

Paata Chaganava – Head of the Budget and Finance Commission at Poti Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Ekaterine Topuria was appointed as a department head at NNLE Poti City Hall Center of Tourism and Social Research.

Zaur Chartolani – Deputy Chairman of Mestia Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Eka Ushkhvani is head of the Winter Sport Department of NNLE Mestia Sport Center.

Ruslan Kilasonia – Deputy Governor of Zugdidi Municipality in 2012; Head of the Economic Development and Program Management Department of Zugdidi Municipality since 2014

According to the 2012 asset declaration, his wife Larisa Akubardia is a specialist at Zugdidi Municipality.

 

Samtskhe-Javakheti

Giorgi Chankotadze – Head of the Legal Advice, Court Hearings, Control and Internal Audit Department of Borjomi Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his brother Davit Chankotadze is a lawyer at NNLE Borjomi Central Park.

Shota Beridze – Head of the Military Recruitment Department of Aspindza Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Lela Tamaradze is a teacher at NNLE Aspindza Kindergarten. In 2014, Shota Beridze was the one who held this position.

Stepan Ezoyan – Head of the Administrative Department of Akhalkalaki Municipality since 2014

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his son Satenik Ezoyan was appointed as a senior specialist at Akhalkalaki Municipality.

Samson Pnjoyan – Head of the Administrative Department of Ninotsminda Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Diana Tumasyan is a chief legal issues specialist at Ninotsminda Municipal Council.

 

Tbilisi

Nana Manizhashvili – acting Head of the Service Department of Saburtalo District Administration since 2015

Since 2016, her husband Luka Burjaliani was appointed as chief specialist at the Technical Oversight Department of NNLE Tbilisi Municipal Laboratory.

Megi Kalatozi: 2014 asset declaration – Head of the Social Affairs Department of Isani District Administration; 2014 asset declaration – Representative of Navtlughi Governor inside the Isani District Administration

According to the 2015 asset declaration, her mother Marina Davituliani was appointed as head of Navtlughi Territorial Management Department. According to the 2016 asset declaration, Marina Davituliani was appointed as an expert-consultant at Isani District Administration.

Gulo Zumbadze – Commission Chairman at Tbilisi City Council since 2014

From 2015, her daughter Nino Noghashvili is a supernumerary employee at Tbilisi City Council.

Giorgi Jighaurishvili – Head of the Co-funded Projects Department of Didube District Administration

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his mother Manana Jighaurashvili is a senior specialist at Social Issues Department of Didube District Administration; According to the 2016 declaration, Manana Jighaurashvili no longer holds this position. [1]

Vasil Bekauri – acting Department Head at Nadzaladevi District Administration since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his daughter Ketevan Bekauri was appointed as  a specialist at Tbilisi City Hall.

   

Nana Maisuradze – acting Deputy Governor of Krtsanisi District since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, her son Otar Balanchivadze was appointed as chief specialist at Tbilisi City Council.

 

Racha Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti

Sergo Lobjanidze – Commission Chairman at Oni Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Rusudan Rekhviashvili is a public relations specialist at Oni Municipal Administration; According to the 2016 asset declaration, she is a specialist at Oni Municipality NNLE Cultural and Educational Relations Center.

Davit Mushkudiani – Head of the Economy and Property Management Department of Tsageri Municipality since 2014 and Head of the Internal Audit Department since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Irma Porchkhidze is a laboratory assistant at NNLE Tsageri Healthcare Service Laboratory.

Gocha Khutsidze – Commission Chairman at Ambrolauri City Council since 2014

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Maka Chachkhiani is a specialist at the Military Recruitment Department of Ambrolauri Municipal Administration.

Zurab Liparteliani – Head of Military Recruitment Department of Lentekhi Municipality since 2014

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Naira Liparteliani is a senior specialist at Lentekhi Municipal Council.

Vano Baghashvili – Commission Chairman at Oni Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Iza Rekhviashvili is a department head at Oni Municipal Administration.

Mikheil Dalakishvili – Head of the Education, Culture, Sports, Monument Protection, Youth, Health and Social Affairs Department of Ambrolauri City Hall since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Rita Kvinikadze is a chief specialist at Ambrolauri City Hall.

 

Shida Kartli

Liana Chlachidze – Head of the Administrative Department at Gori Municipality since 2015

According to the 2016 asset declaration, her son Giorgi Chlachidze is a specialist at NNLE Gori Public Service Center.

Jondo Gochashvili – Head of the Administrative Department at Kurta Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Eka Mindiashvili is a specialist at Kurta Municipal Administration; The 2016 asset declaration does not contain any information about her employment, suggesting that she no longer holds this position.

Givi Tabatadze – Commission Chairman at Tighvi Municipal Council since 2012

According to the 2014 asset declaration, his wife Irma Chavchavadze is head of the Health, Social Affairs, Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Department of Tighvi Municipal Administration.

Iuri Kobesashvili – Head of the Georgian Dream faction at Kareli Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Madona Skhirtladze is a specialist at Zghudri (village) administrative unit of Kareli Municipal Administration.

Tamaz Lomidze – Head of the Internal Audit Department at Khashuri Municipality since 2014

His wife Manana Mkervalidze was appointed as specialist at the Municipal Property Management Division of the Economic Development Department at Khashuri Municipal Administration in 2014.

 

Imereti

Aleksandre Mosiashvili – Head of the Economic Development, Statistics and Property Management Department of Sachkhere Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Asmat Abramishvili is a senior specialist at NNLE Sachkhere Youth House.

Paata Gogoladze – First Deputy Governor of Sachkhere Municipality since 2013

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Irma Dekanosidze was appointed as a specialist at NNLE Kharagauli Domestic Tourism Promotion and Development Center and a guide at NNLE Kharagauli History Museum. According to the 2015 asset declaration, she only holds the latter position.

Giorgi Chighvaria – Deputy Governor of various administrative - territorial units (Baghdati, Vani, Zestaponi, Terjola, Samtredia, Sachkhere, Tkibuli, Tskaltubo, Chiatura, Kharagauli, Khoni Municipalities and the City of Kutaisi) since 2015.

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Tamta Popkhadze is the head of administration at NNLE Kutaisi City Kindergarten Union. Before that she was a chief specialist at Imereti Governor’s Administration.

Shalva Kuchukhidze – Head of the Georgian Dream – Industrialists faction at Tskaltubo Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his son Vasil Kuchukhidze is a chief specialist at the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Department of Tskaltubo Municipal Council.

Gela Mshvildadze – Deputy Governor of Baghdati Municipality since 2015

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his son Zurab Mshvildaze was a courier at Baghdati Municipal Administration; According to the 2016 asset declaration, he holds the position of operator.

Vakhtang Gvenetadze – Head of the Budget and Finance Service of Tkibuli Municipality since 2015 

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Ketevan Janelidze is a senior specialist at the Infrastructure Department of Tkibuli Municipal Administration.

 

Kvemo Kartli

Nabi Abdulaev – Chairman of Marneuli Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his daughter-in-law Pamila Nasibova became a teacher at LEPL School #2 of the Village of Sadakhlo (Marneuli Municipality). According to the same declaration, his wife Tamasha Nabieva also became a teacher.

Valentina Naveryan – Deputy Governor of Bolnisi Municipality since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, her son Vladimer Kapanadze was appointed as a technical assistant at NNLE Bolnisi Municipal Stadiums and Squares Service.

Kote Bochoidze – Commission Chairman at Marneuli Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Jana Barnovi was appointed as chief specialist at NNLE Marneuli Municipal Disease Control and Public Health Center. According to the 2016 asset declaration, his daughter Mari Bochoidze was appointed as a specialist at NNLE Marneuli Municipal Sports School.

Teimuraz Tetradze – Head of the Infrastructure and Economic Development Service of Dmanisi Municipality since 2013.

According to the 2014 asset declaration, his daughter Tamara Tetradze was appointed as the acting deputy director of Dmanisi Education Center (at the time when her father was the acting deputy governor).

Mikheil Bakhutashvili – Commission Chairman at Dedoplistskaro Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Ekaterine Mangoshvili was appointed as a specialist at the Dedoplistskaro Municipal Administration.

Giorgi Avalishvili – Commission Chairman at Gardabani Municipal Council since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Irma Zurabiani was appointed as head of the Human Resources Division at the Administrative Department of Gardabani Municipal Administration.

 

Mtskheta-Mtianeti

Giorgi Eloshvili – Deputy Mayor of Mtskheta since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his father Revaz Eloshvili was appointed as head of the Architecture and Infrastructure Service of Mtskheta Municipality.

Vladimer Shermadini – First Deputy Governor of Akhalgori Municipality since 2005

According to the 2013 asset declaration, his son Davit Shermadini is chief specialist at the Financial Service of Akhalgori Municipal Administration.

 

Non-profits (NNLE) and Legal Entities of Public Law (LEPLs)

Giorgi Sharabidze – Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission since 2014

According to the 2015 asset declaration, his wife Ana Shekriladze is a supernumerary employee at the Central Election Commission.

Dali Kapanadze – Deputy Head of Legal and Parliamentary Relations Department at the Ministry of Agriculture since 2012

According to the 2014 asset declaration, her husband Tengiz Kurdadze became a supernumerary employee at the Ministry of Agriculture. According to the 2015 asset declaration, he was appointed as a specialist at the Agricultural Research Center.

Levan Kharatishvili – Deputy Minister of Culture since 2013

According to the 2016 asset declaration, his wife Irine Baghdadishvili is a specialist at LEPL Cultural Heritage Protection Agency.

Amiran Dateshidze – served on various positions at the Ministry Health since 2012. Currently, he is Head of the Social Issues and Programs Department

According to the 2014 asset declaration, his wife Tamar Papava became a supernumerary employee at the Universal Healthcare Department of NNLE Social Service Agency at a time when Amiran Dateshidze was head of the Social Issues and Programs Department and acting head of the Program Monitoring Department.

[1] Following the publication of this list, TI Georgia was contacted by Giorgi Jighaurashvili, who explained that since September 1, 2014, his mother no longer holds the specified position and that he and his mother had not worked at Didube District Administration at the same time.

Following the publication of this list, TI Georgia was contacted by Rostom Torghashvili, member of Sighnaghi Municipal Council, who explained that his wife had been working at Sighnaghi Municipal Public Health Center since 2004, prior to their marriage. In 2014, she was on maternity leave.

Following the publication of this list, TI Georgia was contacted by a press service representative of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti governor, who explained that the wife of Korneli Tsurtsumia, member of Chkhorotsku Municipal Council, had held the specified public service position prior to their marriage.

Author: TI Georgia