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Anti-Nuristan governor rally staged in Kabul

Anti-Nuristan governor rally staged in Kabul

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Oct 26, 2016 - 20:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some residents of eastern Nuristan province on Wednesday protested in Kabul against their governor, accusing him of administrative corruption.

Numbering around 40, the protesting Nuristanis demanded removal of Hafiz Abdul Qayum as Nuristan acting governor and urged President Ashraf Ghani to address their complaints.  

Altaf Hussain Khalili Nuristani, head of the Nuristan Solidarity Council, said that Qayum had been governing the province over the past two years without doing something efficient.

Khalili accused the acting governor of embezzlement in development projects. “We have documents that show Qayum’s embezzlement in development projects.”

He alleged the acting governor had given an 11km road construction project in Mandol district worth $26 million to Luqman Engineering and Construction Company which contracted another company against $10 million in coordination with Qayum.

 The12km road in Doab district, a $23 million project, had also been given a company for $12 million, he added.

Khalili said he was going to submit the documents to the Presidential Palace for investigation.

Meanwhile, Abdul Saboor Tahiri, advisor to 1st deputy CEO on good governance, also accused the acting governor of incompetence and asked for his removal.

He said the acting governor along with his team had handed over a number of project contracts through fake documents and the projects weren’t implemented so far and the money pocketed by them.

Tahiri also accused Qayum of dividing people and causing disagreements among them. Qayum even sacked some local officials illegally and beyond his authority.

Ibrahim Waygal, another protestor, said: “We want the president not only to dismiss the acting governor but also send a delegation to probe the allegations against him.”

However, Hafiz Abdul Qayum denied the accusations, saying Abdul Saboor Tahiri wanted himself to be appointed as Nuristan governor and for this he was planting false accusations against him.

The acting governor accused Tahiri of being involved in cutting forest trees and smuggling the timber abroad.

The governor said he was ready to face accountability in judicial organs and if the accusations weren’t proved, he would continue his duty.

Qayum said during his two years in office he had been able to eliminate insecurity and pave the way for implementation of infrastructural projects.

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