A number of lawmakers on Saturday accused speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi of misusing his authority and called him a thief and shameless.
The problem reportedly started two weeks ago when Ibrahimi visited Pakistan along with a number of other MPs.
According to some lawmakers, Ibrahimi chooses people to go with him on foreign trips based on his likes.
“You could have taken someone from Kunar or Helmand with yourself to Pakistan. You are shameless. I ask you if you have repaid the money that you had stolen?” said Saleh Mohammad Saleh a parliament member from Kunar province.
Ibrahimi however rejected the allegations and said that he did not do anything illegal or anything to be ashamed of.
“I have not stolen nor have I embezzled and am not a traitor. All the Afghan people judge me,” Ibrahimi said.
This comes after last month TOLOnews revealed that over the past five years, more than 50 million Afs had been spent on rent for a house and office for Ibrahimi.
A fact-finding team was assigned to probe the corruption allegations against Ibrahimi and he was eventually ordered to pay 5.3 million AFs, but he has not re-payed the amount yet.
“The speaker does not have the money to pay. The head of security section who is having surgery abroad due to an illness will convicne (MPs) when he is back,” said Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai, second deputy speaker of parliament.
Both Ibrahimi and parliament's first secretary Khodai Nazar Nusrat were accused of corruption by Mohammad Nazir Ahmadzai, second deputy speaker of parliament and Nusrat’s case was handed to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) for further investigation and Ibrahimi ordered to repay five million AFs.
The task-team was assigned to probe the allegations following TOLOnews' 06:30 Report on corruption in parliament.