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WJ to probe $30m bribe claim against MPs

WJ to probe $30m bribe claim against MPs

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Oct 21, 2019 - 15:59

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament on Monday said it would seriously investigate $30 million bribe allegedly taken by some lawmakers.

Ali Kabar Qasami, a lawmaker from southern Ghazni province, told today’s session that the house should investigate lawmaker Kamal Nasir Usoli’s allegation that the Administrative Board members had taken $30 million in bribe from traders.

He said Usoli had claimed a few days back in a general session that the administrative board’s members invited traders to their homes and sought bribe from them to get permission from the authorities concerned for import of oil without paying taxes.

He did not provide further details in this regard, but said Usoli had accused the administrative board of taking $30 million bribe from traders.

Lawmaker Ghulam Hussian Nasari from Kabul held similar views and said: “If it is true, we should make a decision, if it untrue, then no one should be allowed to accuse the administrative board as it has been selected by the house.”

Ahmad Shah Ramazan, second deputy speaker, said that Kamal Nasir Usoli’s clip should be played in the house to know what exactly he had said.

Usoli, a lawmaker from southeastern Khost province, told today’s session. “I have never said that the administrative board has taken $30 bribe but there were reports that some lawmakers invite entrepreneurs to their homes and take money from them in return for helping them to avoid tax.” He said the issue should be investigated by appointing a delegation.

Usoli told the administrative board that more than 20 percent of lawmakers had signed the suggestion and voting on it should be conducted and it got more votes, the issue should be included in the agenda.

However, Ghulam Hussian Nasari said Usoli’s allegation had landed the house in trouble and the issue should be investigated by an impartial delegation.

Meanwhile, Zahir Salangai, a representative from central Parwan province, said only the house finance and budget commission has the right to investigate the issue.

He urged the house speaker to assign the issue to the mentioned commission.

But speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said the issue should be investigated seriously as Usoli mentioned that the administrative board was not involved in the case. A decision will be taken based on the lawmakers’ suggestion in this regard.

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