MP Tashiyev claims innocence, calls authorities cowards

MP Kamchibek Tashiyev is one of the most known faces among the 120 in the parliament. His ascend to and presence in power has been controversial ever since he was appointed an emergencies minister by President Bakiyev in 2007. Some say his business — a chain of petroleum stations — helped him to first become an MP and then a minister, whereas other point to the fact that Bakiyev and Tashiyev are fellow-townsmen. He again rose to power after his former boss fled and has so far been known more as a boxer, not an MP.

In an interview with a Bishkek-based news agency, Ata-Jurt faction leader Kamchibek Tashiyev accused the current government of being responsible for the loss of lives in April and June 2010. This very government, according to Tashiyev, feels its end will come soon (presumably after the presidential elections in fall) and is now trying to neutralize a “worthy opponent.” But is not the parliament, where he is an MP, the strongest branch of power in Kyrgyzstan currently? Does THAT authority feel its imminent end? Anyway, in trying to discredit Tashiyev which authority and several top officials, whose names Tashiyev knows but would not disclose for some reason, have allegedly threatened one of his fellow party members into testifying against Tashiyev by claiming the latter has beaten him up. Tashiyev dismisses the charges as “preposterous attempts” ahead of the presidential elections. By the way, the “propesterous” issue he is referring to is an intentional bodily harm infliction charge advanced by the Prosecutor General’s office.

In response to the criminal investigation, Tashiyev has issued a statement “uncovering” the real intentions of the current authorities: evading responsibility for lost lives in April and June 2010 and making sure he does not run for president. The MP is quite frank in his accusations of the current powers that be: “They are cowards”. They are afraid of being held accountable for calamities that befall Kyrgyzstan since April 2010. Well, if they are cowards and still in Kyrgyzstan, how does one call Askar Akayev and Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the previous presidents who are now enjoying themselves outside Kyrgyzstan?

Tashiyev’s words could make sense to the man in the street. However, even an inexperienced observer is aware that Tashiyev leads the largest parliamentary faction that is a member of the ruling coalition, which forms… that very government Tashiyev is accusing. Coming back to the men and women in the street, Tashiyev’s supporters rallied against the “false accusations and persecutions” of the MP they voted for. The rallies were carried out in Osh, where the peaceful protesters (that’s what they called themselves) have beaten up journalists, and in Jalalabad — Tashiyev’s homeland and stronghold. I for one do understand their cause: yes, the “current guilty and corrupt government is falsely accusing” the MP whose party “I voted for” and “it doesn’t even occur to me that that very party has appointees in that very government.”

But, ravenous a nos moutons! Tashiyev himself is certain the presidential elections in fall will cleanse the political arena of those plunging Kyrgyzstan into economic and political crisis — Ata-Jurt appointed candidate wins the elections and every Kyrgyz citizens bathes in happiness. However, Tashiyev contradicts himself by saying that this goverment is following the footsteps of Bakiyev and Akayev, who used to rig elections. Because if the current government is NOW trying to eliminate the “worthy opponent” lest the electorate certainly votes him into presidency, does that not mean it has NO control over the elections and the Central Electoral Committee? Does that not then mean the current government is NOT like the previous two administrations?

For more thoughts on Tashiyev contradicting himself, see this post.

Marat Sartpaev

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