Poor Governance Main Reason for Insecurity: IDLG

As security deteriorates in parts of Afghanistan, particularly in the northern provinces, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Saturday blamed the issue on poor governance in most parts of the country.

The head of the IDLG, Ghulam Jilani Popal, said weak performance by local offices in provinces has increased the gap between people and the government, and insurgents have used this gap to destabilize most parts of Afghanistan.

Popal suggested the government afford more authority to governors and district chiefs to overcome the problem.

“Our inattention to good governance in the past 13 years was one of our main failures for which we should confess that the enemy has used this weakness and has created security challenges in secure areas,” he said.

He pointed out that the department was struggling financially, and said the government was trying to increase its budget for them in a bid to help them better their performance.

“A department which has 6,000 personnel and has a $36 million USD budget along with municipalities, how can this team establish good governance? This is a dream,” he added.

He said municipalities are a big source of corruption in provinces. He said mayors will be appointed in future.

According to IDLG, 22 new governors have been appointed so far, and four others have been introduced to the president.

IDLG officials said their priorities for the upcoming 100 days include creating coordination between the central and local governments, reviewing local governance law and increasing authorities of governors and district chiefs.

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