Ghor MPs blame legislative-executive tensions for slow progress
CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): Admitting to having failed to fulfill their campaign promises, most of the MPs from the western province of Ghor call tensions between the executive and legislative powers the main impediment to their work.
Ghor has six MPs in the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the Parliament, two of them female. The MPs are facing increasing criticism from locals for failing to provide public goods. People from almost all walks of life in the western province protest the MPs’ failure to build roads, schools and bridges.
Muhammad Gul Rahimi, who is in charge of a provincial teacher training academy, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the MPs had promised to build bridges, roads, and a university, among other public projects, but failed to fulfill even one promise. "Let alone working for people, the MPs have not even returned to the province after winning their seats in lower house,” he said.
He also alleged that Haji Qurban and Sayed Nader won their seats fraudulently in the provincial election.
Ahmad, a resident of the provincial capital, said he believed the MPs supported only their own relatives. "Sayed Nader, a Ghor MP, helped replace the former provincial youth department head with one of his relatives," he claimed.
Aqila, the head of the women’s council in Ghor province, also complained that the MPs had failed to fulfill their promises. She said: "[Ghor MP] Qurban used his political power to appoint General Khudayar Qudsy as Ghor police chief, and he has failed to take measures to improve the security situation."
Sayed Baqer Sajjadi from the Lal-wa-Sarjangal district of the province complained: "You cannot expect any service from MPs who won Wolesi Jirga seats through fraud."
Ghulam Hazrat Wahedi, a resident of the Teyora district, blamed Ghor MP Ibrahim for involvement in provoking tribal disputes between the Chishty, Yalan and Bayen tribes who share the district. He did not give more detail, but called upon the government to prevent such disputes.
Fawzia Nasery, a member of the Ghor Khwaharan movement, also complained that MPs had yet to help implement any development projects, including building roads and strengthening institutions.
Karamuddin Rezazada, an MP from Ghor province, said that the Ghor MPs had told officials about people’s problems, but that the strained relationship between the Wolesi Jirga and the executive branch had prevented any improvement.
He denied allegations about election fraud, praising instead the people whose votes had secured him his seat. He said he was doing his best to resolve tribal disputes, but admitted that he had failed to bring about the considerable change he promised in educational institutions.
Sayed Nader, another MP from Ghor, admitted to failing to accomplish much for the province, but he blamed government inattention on the province and unfriendly relations between executive and legislative bodies. "There is no one in the cabinet from Ghor province, which is why there is no attention to the province," he explained.
Rejecting fraud allegations against him during parliamentary elections, Nader said: "I neither had money for the campaign nor power; with empty hands I traveled to the farthest parts of the province to attract locals’ support."
He admitted he had not visited those areas after winning elections.
Qurban, another Ghor MP, also blamed tensions between the legislative and executive branches for preventing the MPs’ work. He denied allegations of his involvement in appointing the police chief of the province. "General Khudayar Qudsy, the current police chief, is from another party; he supported another candidate during the elections, and I have no connections with him."
Ruqia Nayel, one of the two female representatives from the province, said however that she never made promises that she was unable to fulfill. "I had only promised to convey their voices to the authorities and government," she said.
Highway construction topped the list of demands for Ghor’s people, she said, and she urged the government to speed up work on a highway project that got the president's approval six months ago.
"My intention is to serve, but I have failed in my mission due to the weakness of government institutions and I feel humiliated," she said.
Pajhwok Afghan News was unable to reach the remaining two MPs of the province.
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