Wolesi Jirga’s decision: 4 more PC offices closed
CHARIKAR/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Provincial councils in Parwan, Jawzjan, Ghazni and Paktika also announced closing their offices in protest against the Wolesi Jirga decision barring them from overseeing local departments, officials said on Saturday.
Sticking to its stance, the lower house decided last week provincial councils did not reserve the right to supervise or evaluate the performance of local departments. A day earlier, 17 PCs closed their offices in protest.
Qari Abdur Rahman Ahmadi, a member of Parwan council confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News they had shut down their offices against the decision. The protest will continue until the assembly reverses its decision.
Supervision of local government institutions by the provincial councils could play a vital role in eliminating corruption Ahmadi believed, alleging the decision was supported by owners of private companies.
Meanwhile, Jawzjan council members also closed their office. Its chairman Maulvi Abdulhai Hayat said: “We are representatives for our people and the existence of our office would be meaningless if we can’t oversee the performance of local departments.”
Enraged by the parliamentary move, Paktika provincial council members also shut their offices. Niamatullah Babari, the provincial council deputy head, said evaluating local governance was their right.
He said the council would remain closed for a month to press the president to respond positively to their demand.
But a resident of Sharan, the provincial capital, Obaidullah, said some of council members were also involved in corruption.
Joining the protest, Ghazni council head Khaliqdad Akbari said he has closed his office. Depriving the provincial council of its monitoring role would pave the ground for more corruption, he feared.
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