FEFA held a town-hall in Kunar province
Free & Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) held a town-hall meeting in Kunar province on November 27, 2017. The meeting was attended by Mr. Tayeb Atta secretary of Meshrano Jirga, civil society activists, women rights activists, community leaders and a number of Kunar residents to discuss about Kunar acute challenges including the high rate of unemployment in this province, lack of electricity and illegal exploitation of mines by power-brokers. Participants of the town-hall meeting shared their problems with Mr. Tayeb to raise them in senate and seek solution for them. Subsequently, Mr. Tayeb thanked FEFA for holding the town-hall meeting in Kunar and promised participants of the meeting to raise their problems in senate and seek solutions for them. Foreword FEFA is a national independent civil society organization operates to increase transparency of national processes and hold parliament and government countable of their functions. FEFA hold the provincial town-hall meetings in presence of MPs, members of provincial councils, representatives of civil society organizations, community leaders, elites and public to discuss the acute challenges of provinces and spawn an opportunity for people to squarely share their challenges with their representatives to parliament and provincial council. This time, FEFA’s parliamentary monitoring team managed to hold a town-hall meeting in Asad Abad city of Kunar province. Residents of Kunar said Kunar has countless natural resources, mines, wood, gemstones and abundant waters but the government of Afghanistan has never heeded to these resources. The residents of Kunar believe if the government manage to utilize the resources of Kunar and prevent smuggling of Kunar gemstones and woods it can receive a considerable revenue. The residents of Kunar said Kunar has smoothly lands which are covered by mountains thereby there are no factories and agriculture to create job opportunities for people of this province so the government must create job opportunities for residents of this province. They accused powerbrokers and government officials of having hand in smuggling of woods and illegal exploitation of mines.
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