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Civil society reprimands acting mayor of Jalalabad

Civil society reprimands acting mayor of Jalalabad

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May 30, 2020 - 16:54

JALALBAD (Pajhwok): Civil societyinfo-icon activists in eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday handed a letter of reprimand to the acting mayor of Jalalabad over his failure to control prices of food items.

Civil society activists blamed the acting mayor for his dismal failure to rein in food item prices, rebuild the city and take other measures to safeguard people’s interests.

They gathered in front of the Jalalabad municipality, shared information about the mayor’s poor performance with the media and then displayed the letter written on a large banner at the entrance to the municipality.

Abdul Latif Wahidi, head of the Coordination Council in the eastern zone, hit out at the mayor. He alleged the official was unaware of the state the city had been in, complaining food items were being sold at higher prices in the provincial capital.

He claimed the municipality prepared price lists but could not ensure adherence to them. As a result, he said, shopkeepers sold food items at higher prices and ignored the price lists.

Another civil society activist, Abdul Salam Rasooli, said they had taken the step in line with demand for justice, after meeting the mayor and sharing the problem with him. As the mayor failed to act, they handed him the letter of laziness.

Yet another activist, Farid Ahmad Istiqlal, called on the mayor to shape up or ship out. He told the governor the mayor's actions were unacceptable to the people, so he should appoint his successor on merit.

Pajhwok Afghan News tried to contact the the acting mayor, but he could not be reached for comments on the issue.

Naqib Ahmad Atal, head of the municipality's good governance department, acknowledged the hike in prices and said efforts were being made to control the situation.

He claimed prices of food had risen globally due to the coronavirus pandemic. About the public criticism of the increase in prices of the vegetables and fruits produced by Nangarhar, he said the items were sent to other provinces to meet market demand.

With the arrival of fresh fruit and vegetable crops in the province in the next few days, the rates would come down significantly, the official hoped.

bk/mud

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