MPs representing Kunduz fail to keep promises
KUNDUZ (PAN): Voters in northern Kunduz province said they were regretted for casting their valuable votes to Members of Parliaments (MPs) representing the province and blamed those MPs for making false promises to them.
Wakil Ahmad, a tailor and resident of Khan Abad district of the province said no one MP had visited them after the end of their election campaign while during the campaign five to six candidates were frequently visiting them and promised them to solve their problems.
“We thought, those candidates visiting our villages were nice people and hoped they would solve our long standing problems but it was just a dream which did not come true,” Wakil said.
He participated in election campaign of Shaista Baz Nasiri whom he knew personally while Nasiri had promised for provision of electricity and building clinics but forgot everything after gaining seat in the Wolesi Jirga, Wakil complained.
Shaista Baz Nasiri, MP from the province said he had to serve his people but if the government itself was violating law, what would be the result of our work?
“I have discussed the issue of providing electricity to my people with provincial authorities and Ministry of Water and Energy but no concrete measures have been taken so far,” Nasiri said.
Once their own problems were resolved by the government, he would visit the province and talk to the people personally on their problems, he assured.
It is worth mentioned here, Nasiri is one of those MPs who will lose his seat under theSpecial Courtdecision, formed to probe the fraud cases in parliamentary elections.
Syed Dawood Nadiri and Fatima Aziz from the province are also among those failed candidates.
Abdul Qayum, a sportsman from the province said, “I have voted for Fatima Aziz as she had promised us that she would help local athletes by providing grants from the government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) but once she went to the parliament, she forgot everything.”
MPs could easily solve their problems but when they sit in the parliament, they only thought about filling their pockets, he said.
However Fatima Aziz, the MP said she had approached the relevant government agencies and treid to talk to them about the problems of athletes but no one listened to her.
“The government has some powerful mafia groups inside it which act at their own sweet will and do not want to hear our vioces,”Fatimacompalined.
The government was infact very weak while the ministers, governors and other officials were just sitting behind their desks who did not think of the problems faced by the nation, she said.
According toFatima, when they discussed issues of their constitunicies with the government officials, they promised for a solution but did not act which was an embarrassmnet for them.
In her view, the government was trying to form a weak parliament so that the MPs could not raise their voices for solution of people’s problems.
Qurban, a farmer from Qala Zal district of the province, who is also not satisfied with the MPs role inside the parliament, said although they had so many problems in the district but the most important and urgent one which needed attention, was construction of clinics.
“We have rented a house for a clinic but there is no facility of beds for the patients while it takes two hours journey to shift patiecnts to the provincial capital for treatment,” he said.
“Our villagers had voted for a teacher namned Malim Chahari who had promised construction of a clinic but when successed, he went away,” Qurban added.
Malim Chari, the MP confirmed making the promised of clinic and said he had visited the Minister of Public Health and construction process of the clinic would be started soon.
That was the right of the people to ask MPs who were elected by them, regarding their problems and its solution,Charisaid and added, “If the distance among the people, the parliament and the government existed, people will be disappointed of both government and MPs.”
According to Mahboobullah Syedi, provincial governor’s spokesman, government agencies could not do everything according to the MPs’ will as every office had their own planning which werecarried out in an organized manner.
“We fully respect MPs and act upon their advice in a project when it is fesiable, but in some cases MPs demand so high which is impossible for our offices to implemet at a level as they wished for,” he said, adding the agencies had always tried to solve the problems of the people and they would continue so.
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