Jalalabad mayor pledges review of flawed contracts
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The mayor for Jalalabad city, capital of eastern Nangarhar province, claimed there were anomalies in some of the municipality’s contracts, pledging to revise them and unearth possible graft cases.
Hamidullah Afghantold Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview that contracts of previous years, marredby shortcomings, needed revision.“It is claimed that some contracts signed recently are anomalous.”
For instance, the mayor said: “I saw the contract of Siraj-ul-Emara. Its work was against the bidding and it paid less rent. I raised the rent and after that decided to revise previous contracts.”
He did not give details about the number of flawed contracts but said investigations would need one to three years to complete. Efforts are ongoing to restart construction work on some townships that was recently stopped for various reasons.
“Regarding Qasimabad, Sherzai and other townships, we have weekly meetings, chaired by the governor,” said Afghan, who revealed the municipality had taken written assurances from shopkeepers to keep the city clean and those not abiding by rules would be fined.
“I’m serious about the illegal stops in the city; I will investigate the problem and find a solution to it,” the official promised.
Ehsanullah Dost, a Jalalabad resident, said some of Kabul-Jalalabad drivers used the city’s roundabouts and squares as terminals.
“These vehicles have created chaos in the city. The Kabul bus stop has a clear address but they stop their vehicles here. It must be a matter of bribery that no one prevents this,” he said, urging the new mayor to remedy the situation.
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