• publish: 16 October 2019
  • time: 3:09 am
  • category: Excerpted
  • No: 10919

Chief Executive Abdullah called for an investigation to assess a $255,000 salary received by Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday called for an investigation to be launched to assess a $255,000 salary received by Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, the acting Minister of Finance–and top adviser to President Ashraf Ghani–by the US-based Institute for State Effectiveness.

Earlier this week TOLOnews obtained documents revealing that Qayoumi received a $255,000 salary from a private organization in the US in 2017, called the “Institute for State Effectiveness,” which was founded by President Ashraf Ghani in 2013.

A year earlier, in 2016, Mr. Qayoumi received a $105,000 salary from the same institute while he was serving as Ghani’s top advisor. 

Abdullah claimed that Qayoumi’s case is not unusual, and that other cases like this need to be investigated.

“This question will not only be put to him. This case needs to be investigated. If a violation has occurred, then he should say it,” said Abdullah.

Legal experts say that based on article 153 of the Afghan Constitution, a minister or a government official is not allowed to work for another institution.

“There is a need to clarify this issue in a transparent way to get to the root. Because those who work in the government– including the ministers, the president, deputies of the attorney, members of the Supreme Court—have restrictions on their behavior,” said legal expert Abdul Subhan Misbah.

The Council of Presidential Candidates stated that President Ashraf Ghani will not allow an investigation of allegations against Qayoumi.

“There is no single government in Afghanistan. The president is an illegal president. Those around him want to manipulate the election results in their own favor and continue in their old, corrupt way,” said presidential candidate Shahab Hakimi.

Also according to the documents, in recent years the Institute for State Effectiveness and the Afghan government worked together on several projects which increased the income of the institute.

The institute’s earnings show a threefold increase every year since 2016.

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