MPs ask govt to replace acting officials forthwith
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lower house members on Monday asked the government to replace acting governors because their presence had increased insecurity.
The unity government since its formation in September has so far appointed governors of only three provinces with the rest being run by acting governors.
An official on Monday told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had appointed new governors for western Heart and southern Kandahar province as well as the Independent Directorate of Local Governance head.
Naqibullah Faiq, a lawmaker from northwestern Faryab, said the security situation had worsened in most of the provinces and central capital Kabul. He linked the growing insecurity to the absence of new governors in provinces.
He said the president and the chief executive officer (CEO) could not agree on appointment of some governors, leaving some areas to be controlled by Taliban. He said residents of areas under Taliban control would join the rebels if the government did not regain control.
Another Wolesi Jirga member Kamal Nasir held similar views. He said the existence of acting officials caused insecurity which needed to be controlled.
He said the majority of acting governors had been involved in corruption and dishonesty and promoting their own interests believing that they could be fired anytime.
Abdul Rahman Rahmani, a lawmaker from northern Balkh province, said he had evidence that showed some acting governors paid money to insurgents groups like Daesh and Taliban to spread insecurity. He said such officials deserved severe punishment.
Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahim said working beyond two months in acting capacity was against the rules. He said Afghans wanted improved security and urged the president to name responsible individuals to replace the acting governors.
He also said corruption and mismanagement had increased under acting governors and departmental heads.
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