President asked to replace female governor
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s decision to appoint a female governor for central Maidan Wardak province has drawn strong criticism from social media users, with civil society activists calling for the decision to be reversed.
The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) earlier in the day said Masoom Muradi had been appointed as the governor of Maidan Wardak province, the first female to govern the province.
The activists urged President Ghani to reverse his decision of appointing the female governor keeping in mind the existing problems in the province.
Ajmal Hodman, the Afghan Lawyers Network president, wrote on his Facebook wall that the president should take back his decision of appointing the governor of Maidan Wardak province.
“The president should take back his decision. Sending a woman associated with the Muhaqqiq group as governor shows the president had studied nothing about provinces which are on the verge of falling.”
“There has been fighting from dawn to dusk in the Narkh district. The provincial administration is protecting its self with the help of irresponsible armed men. The social fabric will not accept someone linked to the Hizb-i-Wahdat. If the president did not reverse his decision, it will have bad consequences,” wrote Hodman.
Journalist Mohammad Hakim Basharat wrote the appointment of a female governor for an insecure province like Maidan Wardak was a decision made blindly.
Civil society activist Sifatullah Stanikzai said the decision represented a betrayal of the people of Maidan Wardak. “The president has betrayed the people of Maidan Wardak, the masses have rendered many sacrifices for him, but he gave this gift in return.”
Another activist Khurshid Ahmad Fitrat wrote the people of Wardak should stage protest demonstrations against the decision.
But another civil society activist Gul Mohammad Pakhtun urged the critics to comment on the appointment after a thoroughly analysis.
He said correct information should be collected about the new governor and then it should be decided if she was a good choice or bad. He said the success lied in unity.
A tribal elder in the province, Rahman Gul, told Pajhwok Afghan News a strongman should have been appointed as the provincial governor because Maidan Wardak was considered a volatile province and known as the gateway to Kabul.
He said insecurity had reached the doors of provincial departments and asked how could a little known woman control it. “As far as I know the situation of this province, a female governor will give no result.”
A female member of the provincial council, who wished not to be named, said tribal differences ran deep in the province and a Hazara woman would face many challenges as governor.
“There are differences among Wardak, Maidan, Kuchi and Hazra tribes. Similarly the deputy governor and the provincial council head belong to the Hazara tribe. A governor from the same tribe will further fuel the differences.”
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