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Ghor governor fears assassination

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“As protests flare against her alleged incapacity being a governor, Joyenda blamed some influential men of trying to assassinate her as she was sternly opposed to illegal activities of warlords”

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Interestingly, the provincial governor of Ghor has expressed concerns over her own security despite the fact that she is responsible for the overall security of the residents of her province being the chief of the province. Governor of Ghor province, Seema Joyenda, claimed in an interview to Azadi Radio that warlords and other influential people in her province were trying to assassinate her.

While not naming any person, she said that members of the provincial council (PC) were hell-bent on removing her from the office for her denial to support illegal activities of the armed and influential groups. The governor said that some members of the council were using different tactics to pressurize her such as allegations and protests.

Her statement came at a time when the PC members protested on Sunday in Ferozkoh against failure of the governor to improve law and order situation in the province and fight corruption.

Fazal Haq Ihsan, a member of the provincial council, said the provincial administration has turned a blind-eye to the problems.  He said the female governor was unable to resolve the problems. The PC member demanded removal of Seema Joyenda from the post of governor. Another PC member Abdul-Hameed Natiqi asked the central government to address the issue.

The governor alleged that some warlords and other influential people have asked her to allow them to continue their illegal activities but she refused. “Demands of these people were against the law,” she said, adding, “I will never destroy the image of women in Afghanistan by supporting illegal activities or to be accused of corruption. My family has also received death threats.”

Satar Sanjal,a social activist, claimed that some members of the provincial council and a few local warlords wanted to usurp lands illegally, but the governor prevented them. “After that the anti-governor protests started. The governor is receiving death threats regularly.”

After protests against the provincial governor, women also staged a rally in support of Seema Joyenda. In the support rally, women condemned the statements of the PC members. The pro-governor protesters said that Ms Joyenda took charge a few months ago and she could not resolve all the problems in such a short time.