On Thursday, 7 high officials of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency, announced their resignations.
Senior members of the resignees warn that neglect of this problem will cause serious damage to the department.
Roohullah Ahmadzai, one of the people in charge of investment promotion in the AISA office says that this move is a practical step towards eradicating corruption in the country.
He claims he has sufficient evidence and witnesses in hand. He called on President Hamid Karzai in an interview to help deal with this issue.
“We demand the President to honestly review the capacity of the present manager of AISA and to assess how many of the goals and objectives that we laid out two months ago have been achieved. We hope that this issue will not be delayed, since we feel that [the manager] wants to destroy some certain documents in the office.”
The list of people who resigned is as follows:
- Rohullah Ahmadzai, Investment Promotion Director
- Baryalai Malyar, Industrial Parks Promotion Director
- Mohammad Omar Joya, Research and Policymaking Director
- Ghulam Rabbani Mansori, Licensing Director
- Sulaiman Akbari, Investment Support Deputy Director
- Mir Taufiq Ansari, Research and Policymaking Deputy Director
- Abdul Ghafar Rasin, Industries Advisor
The above has accused Wafiullah Eftikhar, Head of AISA, for misuse of the organization’s revenue and for employing his friends and members of his political party in key positions of the organization, something Mr. Eftikhar denies and calls baseless.
Mr. Eftikhar warned that if the resignees failed to prove their accusation, he will approach the higher court.
“Their statements are baseless and void of evidence and truth. This is merely a conspiracy against me. If they have any evidence they should bring it forward, if not I will petition against them in legal and judicial organs.”
Meanwhile, Dr.Azizullah Luddin, Head of High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption, says that he will soon appoint an investigation team to research on this issue.
AISA works to help local and foreign investors by providing them assistance and information on Afghanistan’s investment opportunities. New companies have to seek AISA license in order to be able to establish their business.