New governors to be named in 15 days: Qadir
KABUL (Pajhwok): As some lawmakers claimed insecurity was on the increase in provinces ruled by acting governors, Wolesi Jirga first deputy speaker assured new governors would be introduced within next 15 days.
Soon after being inaugurated in late September, the national unity government ordered governors to continue their job in acting capacity until their replacements were introduced. So far only three governors have been appointed.
Lower house member from central Ghor province, Seema Joinda, criticised the performance of the new government and said acting governors, lack of salaries and mismanagement in provinces had led to increased insecurity.
She said 56 district chiefs, who were appointed during former president Hamid Karzai’s government, had been without salaries over the past few months.
“The government itself is causing insecurity and criminal activities. The lack of attention on the part of acting officials has created concerns,” Joinda said, asking the government to replace acting officials with new ones.
Her colleague from Farah province, Mohammad Sarwar Osmani, also said managing departments by acting officials had created problems.
“The so-called Islamic State (IS), which receives strong financial and military support, is a clear example of official negligence in Farah,” Osmani said.
He said the presence of the IS group in Farah also threatened western Herat province and neighbouring Iran.
Haji Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker and a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province, held similar views and said, “Nangarhar was a peaceful province, but now if an official wants to visit its districts, he/she needs a hundred security guards or must travel by air,”
He added the recent wave of insecurity was intolerable for the Afghans. However, Qadir said President Ashraf Ghani had assured him he would introduce new governors to replace acting ones within the next 15 days.
He urged lawmakers to work for serving the national interest and strengthening national unity.
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