With two weeks passed since 786 million Afghanis was stolen from one of the branches of the Central Bank in Kandahar province, there has been no significant progress in the investigation.
A number of House of Representative members have demanded that the government dedicate more resources to the resolving the issue. The lawmakers have also criticized the Central Bank for its poor management of its branches, which they cited as part of the reason why the robbery was possible at the bank in Kandahar’s Spin Boldak district.
“Without a doubt, the weakness in management of the Central Bank was the only reason behind the robbery of money from the branch,” MP Muhammad Ali Akhlaqi said. “The thief are not even identified yet, and it is unknown where the money has been taken.”
Although, officials from the Central Bank have said that investigations are ongoing, they have not shared details about the recovery efforts or the possible identities of the thief. “If we have any significant progress, we will let you know,” Acting Governor of the Central Bank Khan Afzal Hadawal told TOLOnews. “Meanwhile, if anyone has anything to say to the senior management of the bank, they can share it.”
Initially, security officials in Kandahar had said that the Central Bank branch manager in Spin Boldak was behind the robbery. In a letter to President Ghani, it was claimed corruption in the central bank was behind the robbery. However, Central Bank officials have denied the accusations.