Ghani was speaking during a ceremony to mark International Anti-Corruption Day in Kabul.
“Billions of dollars poured in Afghanistan after 9/11, why wasn’t our water controlled, why weren’t our roads built, why didn’t we have infrastructure? It is because we didn’t manage the money, we preferred personal interests to national ones,” Ghani said.
The president said that he was committed to eradicating corruption, as he cited reforms in institutions in different sectors of the country.
He also called for setting a special annual day to praise corruption fighters.
“Now we have tangible achievements and they should be commended,” Ghani said.
The president said the poor pays the price for corruption. He said that employing youths was a way of fight against corruption.