Heads are rolling in Shanxi, with Xinhua Net reporting Thursday that Wang Xiaolin, former boss of the Shanxi Provincial Transport Department, and Wang Zhimin, his second in command, have been expelled from the Communist Party for allegedly taking huge bribes and their cases passed to judicial authorities.
Wang Xiaolin is the third transport chief sacked in the country in two weeks, after Yang Guangcheng lost his job at the head of Yunnan’s transport depart and Cheng Mengren was deposed from the same position in Guizhou, the report said.
The three officials bring to 15 the total number of transport chiefs that have lost their jobs in the last two decades over graft or extramarital affairs, according to the report.
The others are: Zeng Jincheng, Zhang Kuntong, Shi Faliang and Dongyong An from Henan; Lu Wanli from Guizhou; Liu Zhongshan from Sichuan; Niu He’en from Guangdong; Wang Xingyao from Anhui; Zhang Junyuan from Jiangsu; Oman Haji from Xinjiang; Zhao Zhanqi from Zhejiang; and Pu Rixin from Jiangxi.
If deputy chiefs are included, the number is even higher.
The report said that one reason why transport chief has become a “high-risk occuptation” is because they wield too much power in infrastructure bids. Most of these cases involved a bunch of officials, who were all sacked or punished after the incident came to light, it said.
Yunnan University law professor Wang Qiliang said that the string of corruption cases involving transport directors is a result of systemic problems.
There is not enough transparency in how the government departments exercise power, and the transport departments control too many areas, he was quoted as saying.
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