Weak governance fuel corruption in Daikundi
NILI (Pajhwok): Some residents of central Daikundi province lauded the performance of provincial government while others complained against growing corruption and misuse of resources.
Daikundi was a district of Uruzgan province. It assumed the status of a province a decade ago that’s why the province is backward and doesn’t have developed infrastructure and other facilities.
But some people of Daikundi said development took place in the province and people have become more developed and civilized. In addition, governance has improved and authorities were utilising all resources for the welfare of the people.
Governor Abdul Haq Shafiq said: “Good governance means the implementation of law without discrimination. In Daikundi no individual or group have privilege over the law therefore governance has improved here.”
It is one year since Abdul Haq Shafiq became the governor of Daikundi. He said that law could be implemented in a society where peace is established and its residents have full knowledge about the merits and demerits of the law.
Stressing upon the rule of law and implementation of justice, the governor said only these elements could ensure societal prosperity.
Shafiq hailed elders role in bringing peace and prosperity to the province by strengthening the contact between masses and government.
He said a few elements were fueling chaos in the society who will be brought under the law or will be perished.
According to the governor, masses understood that violence doesn’t lead to prosperity, saying that developmental activities were invisible in the past, however, currently multiple developmental projects were underway in the province.
He said the projects that could directly put positive impacts on people lives were not executed effectively. But documents of a road, hospital and electricity schemes to be implemented in provincial capital, are under process.
The governor said transfer of security responsibilities and political power that almost taking place at a same year disrupted development activities in Daikundi.
But despite all these troubles, they were able to implement a number of welfare schemes there, he added.
Calling elongation of the electoral process as another serious trouble, the governor said: “Certainly, implementation of such programms is very difficult because the situation is not good.”
A civil society activist, Rahmatullah Shariati, good governance could not be ensured without strengthening government departments, capacity building, dealing with primary requirements of people and giving people role in decision making.
The civil society activist said: “Majority of people in districts are not given role in making decision. The government is only accountable to a handful of tribal elders.”
In many instances, the local government either strived to suppress civil institutions in the wake of absence of national and international media outlets or used ways to weaken civil organizations, he explained.
He claimed human rights widely violated with the local administration yet to do anything in this regard.
According to the civil society activist, governance was very weak in Daikundi, despite international community donated substantial aid in order to ensure good governance and tackle graft.
One of women rights activist, Sodaba Mohadi, said hundreds of women were died annually due to lack of healthcare centers and long distances between remote areas and hospitals.
“A woman has lost her life during delivery case in Palas village of Miramor district because she cannot be reached to the hospital on time. The newly married woman was died in front of her husband,” Mohadi said, adding the government should adopt stringent measures to resolve problems of the people.
Mohadi also said that two of her daughters were died while on their way to school passing a river through a narrow and instable bridge built by locals. If there was a proper bridge made by the government such incidents would not take place.
About lack of facilities for school students, she said: “All offices are rife with corruption and discrimination while political parties and local government did nothing to improve the situation particularly about women affairs.”
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