Documents obtained by TOLOnews show that the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has appointed four advisers and five administrators without adhering to government’s hiring protocol.
These new appointees are also reportedly getting hefty salaries.
The documents show the advisers’ salaries range from 150,000 AFs to 230,000 AFs a month while the salaries of the administrators range from 30,000 AFs to 70,000 AFs a month.
These documents also show that the contracts of these officials are until the end of next year.
However, the MCIT has said that the correct recruitment procedures were followed.
“There is no problem with these appointments because the finance ministry approved them and they have been processed legally,” said MCIT spokesman Najib Nangiyal.
Afghanistan Integrity Watch chairman Ekram Afzali said however that the appointments were not carried out transparently and that the issue needs to be reviewed.
“It seems that they (the appointees) are close to senior officials at the ministry, therefore all these processes must be assessed seriously in order to recognize those who were given these privileges.”
“The National Unity Government should give convincing reasons for taking such a step. We cannot have a government which is appointing officials through illegal processes and without transparency,” said Khalid Khalid, an international affairs student.