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MPs Stress End to Differences between Ibrahimi, Humayon

MPs Stress End to Differences between Ibrahimi, Humayon

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga session on Saturday held in-camera after the lawmakers said differences between the first speaker and first deputy speakers should be resolved otherwise it would degrade the prestige of the house.
On July 22, Humayun accused the secretary of the lower house of embezzlement and illegal employment of individuals. However, the house secretary rejected the allegations.
A report recently published by Tolo News TV channel also accused the Wolesi Jirga speaker and secretary of embezzlements in some contracts.
The report said 50 million afghanis was paid in rent for the Wolesi Jirga speaker’s house and his office outside the parliament from government funds.
The speaker was also accused of employing a number of his favorite persons in the Wolesi Jirga secretariat.
Earlier, fierce verbal clash between lawmakers and attempts to attack each other physically marred Wednesday’s session of the Wolesi Jirga.
Shekaba Hashami, a lawmaker from Kandahar province, said differences among lawmakers brought disgrace to house and the Parliament was now dubbed as Chorlaman “the house of looters” in the public.
Kubra Mustafavi, a lawmaker from Kabul, said: “The administrative panel should not weaken the parliament for the sake of foreign trips, rents of house and other illegal income.”
She demanded an end to the current differences among lawmakers and said the crisis which hampered public trust.
Maulvi Abdul Rahman Rahmani, a lawmaker from Balkh province, said: “We cannot afford anymore to harm our honor for the sake of two persons. From now onward discussion on differences is rejected and those want to have discussion on this issue will be considered a foreign agent.” 
A commission has been tasked to investigate the accusations, but no practical steps have so far taken in this regard. (Pajhwok)