The Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Wednesday announced that lawmakers in the house have decided to start impeachment proceedings against two senior ministers and the county’s top security official.
This is a direct consequence of last week’s deadly attack on Sardar Daud military hospital in Kabul and the surge in threats in other parts of the nation.
Targeted for impeachment are the minister of defense Abdullah Habibi, minister of the interior affairs Taj Mohammad Jahed and director of the National Directorate of Security Masoum Stanekzai
Meanwhile some MPs accused parliament’s administrative board of deliberately delaying the impeachment process, blaming it of dealing behind the scenes.
On Tuesday, parliament’s administration board met with President Ashraf Ghani where they discussed the possible impeachment of security officials. However, details of the talks were not disclosed.
“When you (the administration board) go there (to the presidential palace), you forget that you are the administration board and instead you think that you are the leadership delegation. You then express your views from the parliament without any agenda. You could in fact interpret the law and the internal functioning of the house,” said MP Fawzia Kofi.
Parliament’s speaker Abdul Rauf hit back at the allegations that house’s administrative board was delaying the impeachment of the security officials over the dramatic surge in the insurgent attacks.
“There is no the question of any kind of dealing, we are completely aware of the situation in the hall,” said house speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi.
Some lawmakers however said that the impeachment of the security officials was not a solution to the problem.
“Our young security forces are fighting the terrorists in the battlefields with courage, but the main issue is that there is no proper security planning within the government and mistrust is rife because the enemy has infiltrated our security institutions,” said MP Abdul Qayoum Sajjadi.
At the meeting with the parliamentarians, president Ghani also pledged to nominate four cabinet ministers and three members of the Supreme Court next week.
“President pledged to introduce three judges and four ministerial nominees next week, he agreed with us about the remaining ministers,” said MP Qadir Zazai.