President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday visited Kunar province, in the east of Afghanistan, where he inaugurated work a number of development projects, but some activists from the province said the projects were already inaugurated by local officials.
The projects inaugurated by the president value AFs77 million, according to local officials.
Ghani held talks with local officials and some residents of the province but a public gathering was not held.
“The brave people (of Kunar) have defended the country by their blood and sacrifices, but (required) attention has not been paid to them,” said Ghani.
According to a Kunar activist, work on Kunar University’s dormitory and a 20-bed hospital in the province was already inaugurated by local officials, but according to him, they were once again inaugurated by Ghani.
"This was a symbolic and a campaigning visit to Kunar," civil society activist Shoaib Gharwal said. "You saw that he (Ghani) met with some certain individuals behind closed doors but he did not hear people’s voice."
The Presidential Palace has not commented on the allegations.
Meanwhile, Kunar journalists said they were waiting for President Ghani for at least seven hours, but when he arrived in the province, his media team did not allow them to cover the president's visit to the province.
“Dozens of reporters were invited from Jalalabad and Kunar. It was a big insult to reporters and media,” said Zabihullah Ghazi, a local reporter.
“After seven hours of waiting, president’s special guards told us that the big gathering which was supposed to take place with the people and reporters, was canceled,” said Yusuf Zarifi, a local reporter.