An additional 1.7 billion Afs was allocated to the Presidential Palace’s "code 91" in last year’s budget, classified documents revealed on Monday.
The leaked documents, which belong to a budget and finance committee of the Afghan parliament, indicate that last year money was withdrawn from “code 91,” and added to it, with little oversight.
Codes 91 and 92 are two emergency funds within the government budget that cannot be accessed except by the president’s order.
Members of parliament said that the existence of emergency funds like “code 91” allows for the embezzlement of national resources because they lack transparency.
According to the documents, in 2018 the government allocated only 1.3 billion Afs to “code 91,” but an additional 1.7 billion Afs flowed into the account during the year.
Similarly, “code 92,” which originally gets 1.5 billion Afs, had an addition 200 million Afs added in last year’s budget without approval of the parliament.
“There are a lot of problems in this regard: Every year, money is being spent on various areas from this code and there is no clear accountability to determine transparency,” said Munawar Shah Bahaduri, a member of parliament.
“The government should be accountable and clarify where the money is being spent,” said Jawed Safai, a member of parliament.
“There are certain amounts of money for these codes in the budget, but they are transferring the money from these codes and this process creates problems,” said Sayed Mohammad Hussaini, the former head of the Supreme Audit Office.
On Sunday, the acting Finance Minister Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi said that expenditures from the emergency codes had been reduced.
“This year we have reduced the amount of money in code 91,” Qayoumi said during testimony before a senate committee.