Winter recess: Ghor MPs enjoying foreign trips
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Residents of western Ghor province complain their representatives in parliament are busy enjoying foreign trips instead of visiting their constituents to know their problems and address them as part of their responsibilities.
Both houses of parliament have gone on a 45-day winter recess since January 20 and few days are left in their return to parliament.
According to Article 107th of the Constitution, the parliament shall hold two regular sessions annually. The term of both regular sessions shall be nine months every year, and when needed, the assembly shall extend its term.
Before rising for the winter break, Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi had requested lawmakers to spend time with their constituents and hear their problems and share them with the house after returning from the winter recess.
But residents of Ghor province say none of their representatives have so far visited them. They say lawmakers are busy enjoying foreign trips.
A civil society activist, Mohammad Wazir Noorani, said MPs were supposed to travel to their provinces during winter and summer recesses to assess people’s problems and share them with the government.
He said lawmakers were responsible to evaluate the performance of local administration and report problems to the parliament and the government.
“Our five representatives in Wolesi Jirga and a senator are currently on foreign visits, some of them had even not come to Ghor province since their election to the lower house. Only a few come here and go back with government delegations.”
Noorani said their representatives only used to visit people of their own tribe and relatives and resolve their problems, not of other residents.
“The promises of these lawmakers have proved falses because they are not committed to their pledges,” he said, adding the lawmakers were only interested in appointing their relatives and friends in government offices.
“Ghor people are in need of roads, power, security and improvement in health and education services, but our representatives pay no attention to them and even sometimes they try to prevent such projects from being implemented,” he alleged.
He accused lawmakers from Ghor of achieving nothing areas of reconstruction, security, good governance, the fight against corruption and resolving people’s problems. “They have been busy enjoying sightseeing in foreign countries.”
Sayed Ahmad, a resident of Ferozkoh city, the provincial capital, said he regretted voting for liars who breached their campaign promises.
“Joblessness, poverty, corruption and insecurity has reached the peak in Ghor. Everyone here works for personal interests and we have no constructed roads, access to electricity, health services and job opportunities,” he said.
He said their representatives in Wolesi Jirga had not yet visited Ghor since entering parliament and they had failed to resolve people’s problems.
“The lawmakers are helping their friends and relatives only and get employed them on high government positions,” Ahmad added.
A policeman, who wished not to be named, said: “I have been serving in the police force as corporal for the past four years, but my rank has been demoted and I traveled to Kabul to resolve this issue, but no one helped me. Only those who have links with strongmen or lawmakers can get their problems resolved.”
The policeman said he met three lawmakers from Ghor, but none cooperated with him. He claimed some lawmakers had appointed their relatives to high military ranks without experience of a single day.
Pajhwok tried to contact Ghor lawmakers, but their telephones were switched off. Relatives of these lawmakers when contacted said they were on visit to foreign countries.
Ghor representatives, including Sayed Nader Shah Bahar has been in India, Karamuddin Rezazada in Turkey, Qurban Kuhistani in Kazakhstan and Dr. Mohammad Ibrahim Malakzada in Iran as well as Senator Mohammad Dawood has been on a trip to Islamabad.
Only Ruqia Nail is inside the country who said they could not travel to Ghor province due to impassable and snowy-bound routes.
She said they had created a committee in Ghor to assess people’s problems and share those with lawmakers. She said they were following problems shared with them.
“Neither I have gunmen nor I have appointed my relatives in government organs, but I don’t know about other lawmakers.”
Nail expressed her concern over insecurity in Ghor province and said if government did not act timely the situation would get worse.
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