DABS Says Top Govt Officials Not Paying Electricity Bills

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Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) on Monday released a list of names of top government officials including First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, Mohammad Karim Khalili, a former vice president to ex-president Haimd Karzai, former Jihadi commander Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayaf and a number of MPs, among others who have not paid their electricity bills.

The list contained the names of 73 main debtors who have not paid their electricity bills.

According to DABS, from among the powerful figures who have failed to pay their bills, 24 of them are from Kohdaman district of Kapisa province.

DABS said that despite it having disconnected power to those who owe money in the past, they once again reconnected the lines and refuse to pay their bills.

“Names of those who refused to pay their bills have been referred to the legal and judicial institutions,” said Wahidullah Tawhidi, spokesman to DABS.

“The law is implemented only against the poor, the lawbreakers do whatever they want and there is no one to hold them accountable,” said local resident Ahmad Farid.

“In other countries, the law is implemented in equal manner on all people, but in Afghanistan it is not like that, if a poor family fails to pay his bill, DABS will cut their line, but DABS is not able to collect money from the lawbreakers,” said economic commentator Samim Sarim.

DABS has made several accusations against government officials in the past, however it has so far has not been able to resolve the issue.

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