Few acting governors to be appointed as governors
KABUL (Pajhwok): As concerns continue about the role of acting governors, the government on Sunday announced new governors would be introduced, with some acting governors would be formally appointed as governors.
Since the formation of the unity government only Kunduz, Kandahar, Herat and Farah provinces got new governors while affairs in rests of the provinces were being run by acting governors.
Some lawmakers stressed new governors should be appointed because the acting governors were part of the problem.
Naqibullah Fayeq, lawmaker from Faryab, voiced concern over security situation in the country, saying acting governors were a major reason for deteriorated law and order.
Kamal Naser Usoli, Khost MP, urged the president to introduce fresh faces as soon as possible. He claimed majority of the acting governors were mired in corruption because they thought their posts were not permanent.
Jawed Faisal, deputy spokesman of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, insisted acting governors only had limitations over hiring new staff and financial issues, otherwise the affairs were ongoing normally.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News: “The governors and acting officials have been like bridges connecting people and the government. They have been part of this government and are not the reason for insecurity.”
He added appointing new governors were government’s priority and both the leaders have been talking about the issue. Three weeks ago, he said, new governors for Herat and Kandahar provinces were appointed and the process would continue.
Faisal said reappointing acting governors to head provinces was not against any laws and if the government leaders agreed some would continue with their jobs.
Atta Mohammad Noor, Balkh acting governor, is reportedly to be reintroduced as governor of the northern province.
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