A nation forgotten by its leaders at odds

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 04:18 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 74 times

With each passing day, frictions between leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) are increasing and deepening, and new alliances are forged within the government, fueling the divide. The primary engagement of government leaders over the past two years and a half was mainly focused on how to create problems for each other and challenge the rival’s decisions, even to the extent that they have completely forgotten about the country’s deteriorating situation.

 

The discords between the president and the chief executive officer have now permeated the lower reaches of the government, killing employee morale in government institutions. Because of this very issue, even some individuals committed to the country’s national interests and capable of handling things effectively cannot carry out their jobs properly, because when a flawed and corrupt system is in place, even highly-accomplished individuals are unable to do things in ways highly effective and living up to expectations.

The government is further divided and weakened day in day out due to these differences, and the longer they last, the more the chances of government survival drop. The continuity of the current status wrecks the morale of the security apparatus besides civil institutions, leaving them with hard choices detrimental not only to the people, but also to the government leaders themselves. If the leaders think the weakness of the government will hurt ordinary people, not their interests, they are mistaken because it will pose a threat to both of them, and there will be no chance of their interests still intact.

Before the situation spins out of control, government leaders should put aside their differences, and honor the promises made in the power-sharing agreement of the National Unity Government, one of which is the convening of Loya Jirga. Although the government should have fulfilled this promise earlier, it is still not too late and there is yet an opportunity to call the Loya Jirga to decide the fate of the government. As the disparities between NUG leaders don’t seem to end, Loya Jirga is the only mechanism to find an alternative solution to the ongoing problem. If the grand assembly decides that the government can continue, it should develop a legal framework to avoid divisions in the government and determine the roles of government leaders, thereby solving the legitimacy crisis of the government, while also finding out a logical and legal solution to put an end to the current rifts.