Water Money Disappeared Down the Drain

When people in Tetovo, Macedonia, turn on the water, nothing may come out. The water supply is inconsistent – and not because the problem has been ignored.

The “messed” story of the water supply system in Tetovo started in 2001, though attempts to ensure enough water for the town were made earlier as well. In 2011, the Macedonian Government allocated about 2.2 million Euros for this purpose. Only a part of the project has been realized with this amount of money, and everything has stopped now.

Based on some information, still unconfirmed officially, the money has been given to the company “Idnina Engineering” from Skopje, which was responsible for the project realization. Five years later only a third of what was projected was carried out. There is suspicion of an enormous corruption scandal, and the prosecution in Tetovo has filed a charge against two people involved in this affair.

Gezim Sulejmani followed the water, and the story was published in FAKTI (a daily newspaper in Macedonia) on November 11, 2011.

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