Some MPs said that Ajmal Ahmady, the acting governor of the Central Bank, is planning to register his signature for a contract of the bank on new banknotes that are planned to replace used ones.
Lawmakers also said that Ahmady is planning to travel to Warsaw this week where he will monitor a previous contract of the bank. Ahmady said in a tweet on Saturday that he did not sign the new banknotes under their current contract “because they were signed by the former governor of the bank.”
TOLOnews attempted could not get the comments of the Central Bank’s spokesman on the matter despite multiple attempts.
Lawmakers said Ahmady’s presence as acting governor of the bank is in contravention of the law as he has been voted-out by the parliament.
“Currently, we do not have a governor for the Central Bank,” said Azim Mohseni, member of the parliament’s finance and budget committee. “Mr. Ajmal Ahmady has failed to secure a vote of confidence from the parliament. If he signs on the banknotes, the value of Afghani will collapse.”
“There are a many in this area. If the parliament makes a decision about invalidating Ahmady’s signature, then the president will come under pressure and the signature of the Central Bank governor will no longer be credible,” an economic affairs analyst Sayed Massoud said.
Analysts said there is a need for President Ghani’s serious action to prevent issues around the printing of new banknotes.
“The Central Bank is led by an acting governor for a long time. We hope that the president takes an action in this regard because this entity is prestigious. At least all signatures that are issued daily should be issued by a credible official who should be acceptable to lawmakers,” said banking expert Sayed Jawed Andish.
Waheed Omer, President Ghani's senior adviser for public and strategic affairs, on Saturday said the Afghan government will soon introduce new candidates to replace the caretakers in the state institutions.
“Other candidates will be introduced in the appropriate time so that they can secure votes from the parliament,” said Omer said.