A document seen by TOLOnews suggests that Ajmal Ahmadi, the governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan, has made dozens of new appointments over the recent months with special privileges offered to the candidates.
The documents show that some of the newly appointed employees were paid more than 450,000 Afs under the name of an exceptional salary difference.
Meanwhile, former officials of the Central Bank of Afghanistan have said that over 100 people were hired by the bank in collaboration with a number of lawmakers in the parliament. But the Central Bank has not commented so far.
The documents seen by TOLOnews list the names of 60 people who were hired by Ahmadi as the acting governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.
A former official of the bank said on Tuesday that 100 new appointments were made over the recent months.
“One part of the appointments belong to those who in a way were suggested by others and it was aimed to seek a vote of confidence from the parliament,” said Abasin Mal, the former head of the procurement department of the Central Bank of Afghanistan.
According to the documents, special salaries and privileges were considered for the newly appointed employees. For instance, the head of the office of the governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan received 451,000 Afs additional money in addition to his monthly salary.
Based on the document, another adviser of the bank was awarded 522,000 Afs in addition to his monthly salary.
“This is against the law to appoint people based on nepotism and fire qualified people from the job,” said Mohammad Ali Akhlaqi, a member of parliament.
“Parliament never used its leverage to appoint their candidates in exchange for votes, I am a lawmaker, I never did such an act,” said Saima Khogyani, an MP.
The document also suggests that several other employees were either fired from the job or were appointed to posts in other departments.
“Such moves damage the operation of the bank and create mistrust among the people,” said Farshid Hakimyar, an economist.
Although the Central Bank officials are not prepared to give details about the appointments in the media, Ajmal Ahmadi on Tuesday during his speech to the parliament pledged to bring reforms in the bank.
“Perhaps I did commit some mistakes while I was serving as an acting minister or in the past six months in the Central Bank, but I pledge to serve the people honestly,” said Ahmadi.