North Korea’s OGD probes corruption at cadre training schools

The dismissal of OGD head Ri Man Gon reportedly fueled the creation of the new department in the OGD to run the investigation

The North Korean Central Committee’s Organization and Guidance Department (OGD) recently began a corruption probe of cadre training schools in areas outside of Pyongyang, a Pyongyang-based source told Daily NK on Apr. 27. 

The newly-created OGD division in charge of the investigation began its investigation on Apr. 1 with a focus on municipal and county party-affiliated schools, the source added. 

The public dismissal of the head of North Korea communist party’s Organization and Guidance Department (OGD), Ri Man Gon, at a February politburo meeting reportedly drove the creation of the new division within the OGD. 

Ri was dismissed on charges of “corruption” related to a party-affiliated school (presumed to be the Kim Il Sung Higher Party School).

Party-affiliated schools established to train party cadres, Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League officials and workers’ organizations officials, are located in cities and counties throughout North Korea. 

The OGD’s investigation will reportedly focus on gauging the “attitudes” of cadres in carrying out party orders, mistakes they have made, and whether or not they committed acts of corruption. 

The investigation will also probe whether party schools in the provinces are properly conducting classes and other training focused on cultivating “moral” and “practical” skills, and judge whether major decisions and internal administrative reviews are being made properly. 

“Party cadres frequently get involved in corrupt activities to make money given that North Korea faces sanctions from our enemies and because the border has now been shut down due to COVID-19,” another source told Daily NK.

Money-related corruption is an omnipresent part of cadre-related education and the “Central Committee surely knows this,” he added.

*Translated by Violet Kim

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