NUG Criticized For Failing To Carry Out 'Basic Duties'

A number of critics and residents of Kabul on Monday blasted the National Unity Government (NUG) for not carrying out what they called basic duties to improve the country’s situation.

They said they doubt the NUG’s capabilities as they have not changed people’s lives for the better in the 18 months they have been in power.

Karimullah, a plastic bag seller, said since the NUG came into power, his small business has suffered.

“I sell half a kilogram of plastic bags to shopkeepers but they keep them for a long time and don’t need new ones often,” he said.

Ajmal, a shopkeeper, said: “Companies should be established. People should be encouraged to work.”

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani’s deputy spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi said government has taken several steps to improve matters – especially in good governance.

“The National Unity Government has taken several steps in good governance over the past few months. The establishment of the High Council of Anti-Corruption, basic reforms in the judicial system, the assessment of more than 1,000 contracts worth 141 billion Afghanis, and investment in 15 water dams are among the government’s achievements,” he said.

However, analysts maintain the NUG has not fulfilled its promises in different areas including security, good governance, fighting endemic corruption and bringing reforms to the electoral bodies.

“None of the promises have been addressed. Focusing on long-term programs and other issues is not the NUG’s duty,” said Nazari Paryani, a journalist.

The NUG leaders – President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah – made many promises during the presidential campaign but widespread perception is that they have essentially failed to fulfill these commitments.

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