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WJ accused govt of forming illegal departments

28 Sep 2020 - 13:06
28 Sep 2020 - 13:06

KABUL on Monday accused the government of creating illegal parallel departments and vowed not allocate budget for independent departments until the problem was resolved.

A number of the lower house members at today’s session  criticized  what they called parallel illegal departments established through legislative decrees.

They said the president had issued a decree delegating the powers of the three security sectors to his national security adviser.

“The National Security Council (NSC) which has no legal basis and status has become a second power and has formed a separate unit embezzling the government budget,” said Munawar Shah Bahaderi, a lawmaker from western Herat province.

Hamidullah Hanif, another lawmaker, said: “The departments created under legislative decrees have no effect except embezzlement of the nation’s budget.”

Habib Rahman Pedram, another lawmaker, said: “Hamdullah Mohib who has no security or military experience has taken over all security affairs. Even the Minister of Interior has no power to appoint a district commander or a battalion commander.”

A number of other lawmakers expressed similar views and criticized the establishment of independent administrations based on the President’s legislative decrees.

Mohammad Rahim Aliyar, a member of the Justice and Judiciary Commission, who presented the commission’s findings to the house, said the Afghan government needed to be reconsidered because its current form was an old and corrupt one and needed a review.

According to him, the commission has found that in the past, 20 independent departments, including state ministries, independent departments and independent directorates, were established on the basis of orders that were against the country’s laws.

He said according to the constitution, the central administrations included ministries, which must obtain a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga in order to be accountable.

Ali Yar said the commission has reached a conclusion in joint meetings and proposed three cases for the Wolesi Jirga members to decide on.

According to the proposal, until the draft law on the constitution was sent to the lower house, the government will not be able to create, cancel and modify an office by issuing decrees.

Also permanent commissions of the house have proposed formation of a committee to work one-on-one with members of all standing committees on a plan to bring all departments created against the law under the auspices of the ministries and solve their problems.

Finally, Mir RahmanRahmani, Wolesi Jirga speaker, voted on the report and proposal of the Judiciary Commission, and the members present in the house approved it by a majority of votes.

Rahmani called creation of departments by the government illegal and said it was powers of the Wolesi Jirga to establish or dissolve departments. He said the house would not allocate funds to ministries and departments set up by the Presidential Palace.

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