Lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga—the lower house of Parliament--on Wednesday accused President Ashraf Ghani of violating the country’s Constitution, stating that some of the calamities that the nation faces today are rooted in the violation of Afghanistan’s Constitution by the president and other high-level government officials.
Citing acting ministers, the lawmakers said that the government’s failure to address the problems caused by an incomplete cabinet raises serious questions about the credibility of the government.
Currently, at least 10 ministries are being run by caretakers--acting ministers. The government has also failed to appoint several members of the Supreme Court, the governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan, and a member of the Constitution oversight commission.
“We want the culture of caretakers to end in the ministries,” said MP Najibullah Naser.
“The law states that the caretakers do not have any legal status, but today these caretakers act beyond the authority of the cabinet ministers,” said MP Zakira Sangeen.
Lawmakers said that the government is practicing nepotism in the appointment of government officials instead of taking advantage of the academic cadres in the country.
“I think we don’t have any other option except to close down the national assembly because of the govt’s reluctance to appoint the ministers,” said MP Ibdalullah Mohammadi.
“Unfortunately, today the security sector has lost its national status and it is now ethnic-oriented, this is an act of oppression against the soldiers and the Afghan people,” said MP Gul Ahmad Noorzad.
The lawmakers also criticized the government institutions of corruption.