Cabinet orders district chief removal
Independent Directorate of Local Governance head Abdul Khaliq Farahi informed the weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, district officials were involved in the land grab incident.
Farahi was assigned with investigating the case, sacking the district chief, Haji Muhammad Zahir, and bringing to justice the rest of officials involved in the scam.
Refugees and Repatriation Affairs Minister Jamahir Anwari said some powerful individuals had illegally seized land for the 4000-acre Mamozai Refugee Township in the district. The land grab was based on orders from the district and police chiefs.
In an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone, Anwari complained that 30 percent of land for the township had been grabbed by local officials and residents.
Locals had moved the appeal court for land ownership, based on fake documents, he said. The land originally belonged to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, but was awarded to the Refugee and Repatriation Affairs Ministry.
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