The European Union in Afghanistan calls for investigation into the corruption allegations against the Afghan parliamentarians.
According to a statement released by the EU office in Afghanistan, the delegation urges the government of Afghanistan to launch a prompt investigation into the allegations of corruption in the Lower House and share the outcome with the Afghan people.
The delegation says it is important for people to talk against corruption and help make corrupt practices public.
Recently, former minister of information and culture Abdul Bari Jahani called Afghan parliamentarians corrupt and emphasized that corruption cannot be eliminated unless they are in power.
The minister claims that all cabinet members in the Afghan government have been forced to pay a bribe in order to receive votes of confidence. Jahani accuses MP Zahir Qadir for encouraging nominees to pay bribe in order to face confidence votes at parliament, but the lawmaker is rejecting the allegations and called it as “baseless”.
Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), an organization acting for transparency, accountability and anti-corruption in the country claims that the issue of corruption existed in the parliament from long time ago.
“The bribery issue in the Afghan parliament is not something surprising, these illegitimate acts is going on since a long time,” said Sayed Ikram Afzali, the Executive Director of IWA.
The government officials have not made a comment about the allegations yet, but some lawmakers do not reject the claims.
“I cannot reject or accept the allegations, but it was great if Mr. Jahani had disclosed this issue on the day he faced with confidence votes in the parliament,” said MP Azim Mohseni.
By Hesamuddin Hesam