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Govt advisors busy fueling tribal differences: Senators

Govt advisors busy fueling tribal differences: Senators

Nov 05, 2017 - 18:19

KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday said the Presidential Palace and the Chief Executive had hired ‘inexperienced’ advisors, with most of them fueling ethnic differences.

Senator Sher Mohammad Akhundzada from southern Helmand province told today’s session that a number of youth had been appointed as advisors at the presidential palace and the CEO office. These youth have not obtained higher education, he said.

“The duties of these advisors are unclear but they are paid high salaries from the national treasury”, said the senator, adding the government had rented expensive offices for advisors and most of them were busy creating tribal differences.

Akhundzada suggested the Meshrano Jirga must demand the list of all advisors from the palace and the CEO office so their qualification could be checked.

“The government should use millions of US dollars paid to these useless advisors for empowerment of Afghan forces and helping families of martyred soldiers,” he said.

Jummadin Gaianwal, another senator, also said most of the youth appointed as advisors in the palace and office of the chief executive were inexperienced.

“It is a shame when our leaders’ advisors are unqualified, most of them are fueling tribal discrimination and receive high amount of salaries,” he said.

Gaianwal asked the Parliament to prevent appointment of unnecessary advisors who pocketed millions of dollars from the national treasury every year. “This practice should be excluded from the next year’s budget plan”, he said.

Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar tasked the economic and budget commission of the house to assess the advisors issue in the presidential palace and in the office of chief executive and share its report with the Senate.