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WJ chief secy suspended, speaker to return 5.3m afs

WJ chief secy suspended, speaker to return 5.3m afs

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Nov 04, 2017 - 20:44

KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga investigative commission on Saturday suspended and referred Chief Secretary Khuda Nazar Nasrat to the Attorney General Office (AGO) and asked Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi to return 5.3 million afghanis spent on his personal works.

The commission also fired two employees of the Wolesi Jirga Television and banned First Deputy Speaker Humayun Humayun and two other lawmakers from house proceeding for 10 to 15 days.

The commission, which announced these decisions at today’s lower house session, has been tasked with investigating allegations of corruption and illegal appointments against the chief secretary and the speaker.

The investigative commission comprising of members from the five permanent panels completed its investigation in three days.

On July 22, First Deputy Speaker Humayun Humayun had accused the chief secretary of the lower house of embezzlement and illegal employment of individuals. However, the secretary had rejected the allegations.

A report recently released by Tolo News channel also accused Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi and the secretary of embezzlements in some contracts.

The report said 50 million afghanis had been paid from the government exchequer in rent for the speaker’s house and office outside the parliament.

In Saturday session, Erfanullah Erfan, head of the investigative commission, announced suspension of the chief secretary, return of 5.3 million afghanis by the speaker to the bank account of the lower house and a 10-17 day ban on the first and second deputy speakers from attending house sessions.

Erfan said the Wolesi Jirga speaker should return 5.3 million that he had used on personal expenses. Deputy speakers Humayun and Obaidullah Barakzai would be banned in the house for 10 days and Lalai Hameedzai for 17 days.

Humayun and Hameedzai were banned from entering the Wolesi Jirga Television without permission and assailing lawmakers Gul Pacha Majeedi and Barakzai.

According to the commission report, Haleem Tanvir, a contract based employee of the television, was dismissed and Tabasum, managing director of the lower house television, removed from her position and referred to the AGO over interrupting the television transmission at the orders of the chief secretary.

The commission suggested Erfanullah Safi, an employee of the house, to be appointed as acting managing director of the television.

Speaker Ibrahimi, accepting the commission’s decision, promised to return 5.3 million which, according to him, had been spent on security of his home and office outside the Wolesi Jirga.

Humayun and Hameedzai also accepted the decision and left the session.  But Secretariat Director Nasrat rejected the verdict and accused legislator Hafeez Mansour of receiving $10,000 in bribe.

Mansour, however, did not share his view on the allegation against him. But Erfan asked Nazar to provide details regarding the allegation otherwise corruption charges against him would be disclosed.

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