Ghazni council turns its back on responsibilities
GHAZNI CIYY (PAN): Residents of southern Ghazni province say most provincial council members have turned their back on problems being faced by their constituents and instead working to promote their own interests.
A Ghazni City dweller, Najibullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News council members remained absent for months taking their time to resolve personal problems.
He said the job of the public representatives was to oversee development projects and give their advices to the government, but they had never performed their this obligation.
Another resident Mohammad Alam was also not happy with the performance of the council, saying the body was dominated by individuals who were illiterate and could not recognise their duty.
Writer and journalist, Mohammad Arif Noori, said the people of Ghazni were disappointed and showed little interest in participating in next year’s presidential and provincial council elections.
He said the council and the Wolesi Jirga members kept their own interest supreme over those of their constituents.
The council member, Hamida Gulistani, acknowledged the complaints were rights, saying the public representatives had failed to deliver.
She said some members had no idea about their responsibilities and others were involved in underhand deals and corruption.
She said the people were right in their assertions, saying if inefficient individuals continued to make it to the council, the people would lose their trust in the government and the system.
However, the council secretary Jolena Faizi would not acknowledge the complaints, saying the council had been able to effectively perform its duty.
The representatives were able to give the government viable suggestions and monitor the government’s affairs and projects, the secretary said.
Faizi said council members had repeatedly visited districts and remote parts, saying the allegation against them could be a result of not accepting illegal demands by some people.
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