Increasingly the regions of Kyrgyzstan arrange protests. Rallies contagion reached hitherto peaceful cities of Chui province. Immediately in two towns - Kara-Balta and Tokmak - last week protest campaigns were held. Residents demanded resignation of mayors. Rallies ended, but people have remained "with nothing".
The "chair" under the Mayor of Kara-Balta Daniyar Shabdanov reels all the time since his tenure. The opposition of the city council tried to release the mayor from his office for several times. In vain. All the attempts failed.
In the fight for just cause the last tool - rally, came into play. The protest campaign in Kara-Balta was organized by "Ata Meken" party. It gathered more than 300 people. For this small town it is a great event, given that the action took place in the middle of workweek. The participants required only one thing: resignation of the mayor. Why? In pursuit of big money the leadership rarely remembers all residents and pressing urban problems. No, at least something is done: like, rubbish is removed, roads are repaired and lighting is restored. But behind the veil of common problems, not solved for years, all this goes unnoticed.
Whether the old hardened, whether our people are so compassionate, but Kara-Balta residents gave a chance to Daniyar Shabdanov to justify himself. People tried to hear the answers to the main questions: what happened to the budget money, why the trash is not taken, the trees are not watered, why the city is crumbling before our eyes? But the mayor didn't meet their hopes and expectations. He stood his ground: it is not my fault what is happening in the city. Allegedly, the problems have been accumulating for decades, and it is not possible to solve them in three years.
As a result, the next vice mayor - Tilek Naamatbekov resigned, who worked at the post just over a month. The fourth one. There is a need for a new candidate. Now Daniar Shabdanov himself is going to nominate for the vacant position. The logic is simple: if MPs can not choose a worthy, who can resist the post longer than a couple months, then it will be taken by the mayor himself. And what? Not MPs will work with the vice mayor, but the vice-mayor himself will do it. That is why the governor knows better what person is required.
It is unclear how MPs will regard such an initiative. But, guess, delights can't be expected. Confrontation between the two branches of the power happens with surprising regularity. MPs of the present convocation differ by their stormy temper. Therefore, would it be an excuse, and to stir up a scandal - simple enough. MPs do not want to play the game of the mayor.
Immediately after another extraordinary session of City Council, after the meeting of residents, there was a scandal. Minority opposition left the hall in protest against the actions of the majority coalition. They refused to put the issues of censure of the mayor on the agenda and removed t the vice-speaker Anatoly Kim from the post. Incidentally the former mayor of Kara-Balta and the leader of "Akshumkar" opposition faction.
Just when the tempers settled in Kara-Balta, currently another town of Chui province - Tokmakb recalled about itself. There disgruntled with policy of the Mayor Anvar Omorkanov gathered to protest. Claims are similar: nothing is done in the town, garbage is everywhere, dirt and drought. Both rallies have the same scenario as a blueprint. The only difference is that Tokmak residents did not call MPs of the local council for help. They went on. They at once wrote an appeal to the President and the Head of the Cabinet.
The Mayor's Office of Tokmak town also denies the charges. And they say, as in Kara-Balta, that the protests - the machinations of officials and entrepreneurs who are out of work. But the Mayor Anvar Omorkanov - unlike his predecessors and dissatisfied ones - allegedly got down dealing. But if probe deeper, it turns out that the reasons for discontent among Tokmak residents exist. The Mayor's Office informed 24.kg news agency that citizens owed for garbage over 2.5 million soms.
"In past years the municipal budget allocated up to 7 million soms for removal of garbage. In 2014, the Mayor's Office didn't earmark funds for these needs, and local residents were made to pay for removal of waste. We have established a fixed fee - 20 soms per month. Supervisors were hired from local residents. They receive a salary equal to 10 percent of the collected charge. At first, people protested, so the first few months the town was strewn with litter. But now they started to pay," the Deputy Mayor Marat Abdraev stated.
But they disowned from the broken roads. And even explained that they started to spend money on repairs. A specially created for save budget money brigade at utilities is engaged in patchwork. Good ideas. Rational use of funds - "Rosy Dream" of any financier. But people are outraged. Why? Maybe owing to the lack of information and dialogue with local authorities?
There is no smoke without fire. It is early to put an end to the conflict of residents and the authorities of in the two towns of Chui province. In Kara-Balta town, disgruntled with politics of the mayor, are going to arrange another rally. Tokmak residents also threaten to bring people to the streets. Promise thousands of participants. People are waiting for reaction of Bishkek, but the republican authorities keep silent. I wonder how many precautions and signs are necessary for drawing attention of the authorities? Or just clang a bell?