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Strongmen, insecurity impede development schemes

Strongmen, insecurity impede development schemes

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Mar 24, 2018 - 13:17

TIRNIKOT (Pajhwok): Some officials in central Uruzgan province complain growing insecurity and the persistent presence of strongmen are creating hurdles to reconstructioninfo-icon projects.

The complaint came at a gathering in the provincial capital on Friday. Organised to promote accountability, the public meeting was attended by government officials, tribal elders, religious scholars and community leaders.

Representatives from departments of urban development, public works and municipality acknowledged most of district roads had been blocked and several areas were insecure or under Talibaninfo-icon control. Development projects could not be executed there.

Mohammad Sabir Ahmadzai, director of public works, recalled they wanted to repair a portion of the Deh Rawood highway a few months back. But a local strongman asked the department for 400,000 afghanis before it could launch work.

Ali Rezaee, director of urban development, accused some powerful individuals in Tirinkot of building houses and markets in violation of municipal rules and preventing implementation of urban plans in the city.

Mayor Modeer Mohammad said his department had many plans and projects aimed at beautifying the city. Some strongmen, however, were making impeding the strategies, he alleged.

The officials urged security forces, tribal elders and common people to support the execution of development projects in the province. All participants promised cooperation with the relevant departments on implementing projects.

Malik Tawoos, a tribal leader, linked the poor quality of projects to the payment of money by strongmen. He called for an immediate end to the practice that hampered development.

Governor Mohammad Safiq promised holding more gatherings of this kind and informing the general public of the government’s future programmes to develop the province.

sa/mud

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