Ghor protestors want corrupt officials sacked
Some 200 people took part in the demonstration and gathered in front of the urban court in Ferozkoh, the provincial capital, chanting slogans against corruption.
Cases of several senior officials, including the deputy governor, have been referred to the court by the attorney’s office after the former governor accused them of corruption.
The protestors said graft-tainted officials should be relieved of duties because they used their positions to avoid justice.
Abdul Qadir Ghafori, one of the civil society activists, said: “Our main demand is that the duties of officials involved in embezzlement, including the deputy governor Mohammad Amin Tokhi should be suspended so they could not use their authority in their interest.”
He said they would close the gate of the court and continue their protest until justice was delivered in the cases or the president himself visited Ghor to resolve the problem.
Former governor Seema Joyinda in November, 2015 introduced Tokhi, finance department director Mohammad Paiman, revenue director Mohammad Yousuf Daniar and procurement head Taj Mohammad to the attorney’s office over their alleged involvement in corruption in five construction projects at the police headquarters.
The attorney’s office banned the accused from travelling out of Ghor until their cases were fully investigated.
However, Mohammad Yousuf Daniar rejected his involvement in corruption and said he was ready to stand trial.
Tokhi had previously said he did not accept the attorney office’s allegations against him.
He said the embezzlement allegation against him was baseless and that he had asked for a delegation from the central government to assess the issue.
Tokhi added he had approached the attorney’s office to defend himself, but he believed the office was not impartial and had links with the former governor.
Other officials also rejected allegations against them.
A week earlier, the attorney’s office referred their cases along with six other graft-tainted officials to the local court.
The protestors asked the court to be impartial in addressing the cases based on the law.
Another protestor Wazir Norani said the international community would cut their aid in the presence of corruption in Afghanistan. He stressed corrupt individuals should be taken to justice.
Ghor appellant court head Gul Ahmad Haidari said they were investigating the cases of the accused officials and had referred them to the provincial court for a final decision.
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