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Nimroz residents set govt deadline over demands

Nimroz residents set govt deadline over demands

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Oct 22, 2016 - 18:40

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents on Saturday set the government a week-long deadline during a protest to end what they called widespread corruption in government organisations and resume work on incomplete development projects in southwestern Nimroz province.   

The residents gathered and staged a protest in front of a big mosqueinfo-icon in Zaranj, the provincial capital.

Maulviinfo-icon Salahuddin Moahid, one of the protestors, expressed concern over large-scale corruption in government organizations and said some public representatives and powerbrokers used to appoint their relatives on high-income positions illegally and without considering eligibility.    

Nimroz shares border with Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon and that is why the province has better revenue compared to other provinces, but unfortunately the government has ignored the province, some of the protestors told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Maulvi Bashir Ahmad Khatibi, Imaminfo-icon of the Khatim-un-Nabien Masjid in Zaranj, said President Ashraf Ghani had made many promises regarding development projects and preventing corruption in the province but unfortunately none of them had been kept.  

 “When we want our voice to reach the government and stage a rally, officials prevent us from doing so as they tell us the security situation isn’t stable; but no one is paying attention to innocent people dying, they are just busy pocketing money.”   

He mentioned half completed projects like Kamal Khan Dam, Zaranj city ring road and construction of road from Zaranj to Kang district. he warned of erecting protest tents in front of the governor’s house if their demands weren’t met in a week.

Baz Mohammad Nasar, the provincial council head, said “if the government didn’t respond with positive answers to the righteous demands of people, then I would also shut the provincial council office.”

However, Eng. Abdul Aziz Mohammadi, the provincial public works director, recalled the gravelling of 21km road in Charbarjak district, advertisement of 12km road construction in Kang district and asphalting of 5km road in Zaranj as the current year’s activities.  

About a 10km long and 60m wide ring road of Zaranj city, a $19million project, he said, “We have contacted officials of the ministry concerned in this regard and they had promised the project’s contract will be finalised next week.”   

The contract for a 10km road in Kang district had been also finalised at a total cost of 180million afghanis provided by the Worldinfo-icon Bank, he added.  

Meanwhile, an official said on the condition of anonymity that many government organs heads, including transport affairs, public works, information and culture, customs duty and other directors had been transferred or relocated in order to prevent corruption in the province.

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