New governor urged to control rampant corruption
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nangarhar governor Salim Khan Kanduzi--- having lack of political and local support like his predecessor--- has resumed his duty as governor earlier this week amid expectations by residents that he would control mafia groups in the province.
Ajmal Omar, provincial council secretary, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday that administrative corruption was at its peak which needs to be controlled immediately.
He said that mafia was ruling since they were in control of all procurements contracts in the province. The secretary, however, did not mention names of any mafia but warned that some elements wanted to develop relations with governor to misuse his office.
“We have clearly told the governor to keep away from local politics if he wants to build good reputation among people,” Omar added.
Nasar Kamawal, provincial council deputy chief, said the governor had many challenges such as land mafia, lack of coordination among various departments and administrative corruption. He suggested transferring old employees who had been remained on their posts for years to tackle administrative corruption in the province.
Obaid Jabarkhail, a student of Nangarhar University, said new governor would have to confront worst law and order situation since the start of spring offensive by militants.
The government sought support of provincial council members and local people to overcome challenges and improve law and order in the province.
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