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Despite absence from Senate, Mujaddedi paid 22.8m afs

Despite absence from Senate, Mujaddedi paid 22.8m afs

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May 14, 2017 - 10:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Despite his continued absence, Senator Sibghatullah Mujaddedi has been paid 22.8 million afghanis in salary and privileges, Pajhwok Afghan News has learnt.

Dr. Faisal Sami, Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon deputy secretary, said Mujaddedi neither showed up in the upper house nor attended Senate commission meetings after Fazal Hadi Muslimyar was appointed as chairman.

Without going into detail, Sami said Mujaddedi -- also a former president and peace negotiator -- had been unable to attend Senate sessions for certain reasons.

He added every member of parliament was paid 200,000 afghanis in monthly salary and another 72,000 afghanis for his/her driver, four bodyguards and other expenses.

Under the relevant rules, he explained, Mujaddedi received a total of 22.8 million afghanis from the exchequer over the past seven years in salaries for himself, one driver and four bodyguards.

Sami said last week the house had decided if a member remained absent for more than a month, his salary and privileges would be withheld. But the house decision came long after huge payments were made to the former head of state.

A well-placed source, whishing anonymity, confided to Pajhwok that Mujaddedi also enjoyed privileges as a former president in addition to the benefits lawmakers were given.

Zalmai Zabuli, a lawmaker from southern Zabul province, alleged the continued payment of salaries, perks and privileges to the senator despite his absence flew in the face of rules and justice.

But Syed Ikhtiar Sabawoon, spokesman for the Mujaddedi-led Jabha-i-Nijat Milliinfo-icon, (National Salvation Front) party, said the ex-president donated some of his salaries to the Red Crescent Societyinfo-icon (RCS).

Meanwhile, RCS spokesman Mohammad Miram Sadaqat confirmed Mujaddedi had donated his three-month salaries to the humanitarian onganisation when he was Senate chairman.

However, he explained the former president had made no donation to RCS over the past seven years. Sabawoon said Mujaddedi had resigned his Senate seat several times but his resignation was not accepted.

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