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Ask your ministers why MPs visit them, Qadir tells Ghani

Ask your ministers why MPs visit them, Qadir tells Ghani

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Jan 10, 2018 - 18:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Wednesday said they visited government departments during recruitment process in order to prevent injustices not to get hired their own people.

Their reaction came a day after President Ashraf Ghani addressing freshly graduated police cadets at Kabul Police Academy urged lawmakers not to visit ministries for trying to get appointed their own individuals, saying whoever did this, it should be recorded through cameras and then aired on TV channels.

His remarks were criticized by a number of lawmakers. Lawmaker Obaidullah Barakzai from central Uruzgan province, dubbed the president remarks as an insult to the Wolesi Jirga.

 “We are not interested in going to government organizations, unless we are obliged. An ordinary individual cannot reach out to a government official for months.”

Abdul Rauf Inami, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, said: “No justice is observed in hiring process and ministers are busy playing games inside their offices.”

Haji Zahir Qadir, a legislator from eastern Nangarhar province, also called the president’s remarks as an insult to Wolesi Jirga. “The president should have asked his ministers why lawmakers visit them? If officials address people’s problems, there will be no need for lawmakers to visit government offices.”

A number of other Wolesi Jirga also held similar views, saying lawmakers referred to government branches because of unresolved problems of people.

Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the National Assembly had been granted its authorities by the law not by someone else.

“Representing people is one of the main responsibilities of lawmakers given by the law and they are obliged to refer to government offices in order to help address their clients’ problems.”

Ibrahimi said if the government performance had been in compliance with the law and appointments made based on meritocracy and justice, lawmakers would have never visited public organizations.

“We will invite the Minister of State for parliamentarian affairs and send a clear and decisive message to the government that we will no longer visit any ministry and that ministers should come to the Wolesi Jirga for addressing problems of lawmakers’ constituents.”

“We are public representatives and we do not belong to government. This is a ‘total unjust’ that the government or the president treats the National Assembly like this.”

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