President, CEO at loggerheads over mayoral appointment
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace and the Chief Executive Office are said to be at loggerheads over the appointment of a new mayor for Mahmood Raqi, the capital of central Kapisa province.
Documents available to Pajhwok Afghan News reveal that Abdul Qahar Abid, head of the Chief Executive Office, wrote formal letter No. 2339 to the CEO Abdullah,recommending Abdul Manam Shariati as Kapisa mayor.
Via order No. 1958, issued on January 4, the CE Office approved Shariati’s selection and directed the authorities concerned to meet all formalities in this regard.
In compliance with the CEO’s instructions, his office chief wrote another letter No.2403 to the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), asking it to execute the directive.
An IDLG official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confided to Pajhwok Afghan News there was an entirely different procedure for mayoral appointments.
Anyone could apply for the post if they present convincing programmes for city development, according to the source, who said one of the top five applicants had to be chosen by the president.
The documents from the CEO Office in connection with the appointment of the Kapisa mayor indicate the relevant rules were bent to ensure the direct selection of Shariati.
IDLG spokeswoman Munira Yousufzada, meanwhile, said they had interviewed two candidates for the slot, but a final decision on the appointment was yet to be taken.She did not comment on the appointment letter issued by the CEO Office.
For his part, Shariati confirmed applying to the CEO Office, but he did not know whether or not he had been appointed as mayor.
Shariati claimed having held different positions during the jihad period, including the post of Mahmud Raqi mayor from 2001 to 2006.
Provincial council head Hussain Sanjani said there were five candidates, including the acting mayor and a former one, for the position. But a final decision was yet to be taken, he added.
Another source close to the government said the president had introduced Khwaja Zmaray for the position, but he was rejected by Dr. Abdullah.
However, CEO’s spokesman Javed Faisal said all key appointments were finalised as a result of consultations between the governmentleaders. The president and the CEO jointly decidedon filling key offices, he concluded.
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