Key positions stay within certain families in 10 provinces
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen powerful positions have long been bequeathed by one family member to another in 10 different province of the country, reveals research by Pajhwok Afghan News.
Occupants of the slots include eight directors, three district chiefs, a member of the Meshrano Jirga, two managers and a general manager, according to information gathered by this news agency.
The holders of the 15 positions are based in Kabul, Uruzgan, Kunar, Ghor, Badakhshan, Paktika, Faryab, Farah, Kunduz and Nuristan provinces.
As these mighty offices changed hands, in 13 instances, fathers were replaced by sons. One brother was supplanted by another. At least one woman left her slot to her sister.
Zalmai Aloko, son of Sardar Mohamad Aloko, was appointed as director of agriculture, irrigation and livestock last year when his father retired from his job.
Fazal Rahim, son of Qudus Khan, succeeded his father two years ago after the latter’s retirement as director of labour, social affairs.
Rana Sami Wafa resigned her position six years back when she decided to run for the Wolesi Jirga elections. After her resignation, her sister Fareshta Sami Wafa was named as director of women affairs in the province.
Wazir Gul, son of Khanzad Gul, was appointed as director of customs department two years ago when his father retired from the same position.
Dr. Ihsanullah Fazli replaced his elder brother Dr. Asadullah Fazli nearly two months backwhen he was sacked as director of public health.
Abdul Ghafoor Ghafoori has been working as mange at Da Afghanistan Bank in Ghor since 2009. Earlier, his fatherAbdul Samad was holding the position.
Allauddin Mohammadi was appointed as he head of the National Radio and Television in 2011when his father Mohammad Jan Kindwali left this slot to join the disaster management section at the Department of Refugees and Repatriation.
Nasratullah Musadiq, son of Abdul Jabbar Musadiq, was appointed as the Orgu district chief in June 2015 when his father, then Kasham district chief, was killed in a roadside bombing.
Mohammad Osman Rahmani replaced his father Arsala Rahmani two years ago as senator under then president Hamid Karzai. Arsala Rahmani, a selective member of the Meshrano Jirga, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kabul.
Mohammad Rahim Masgar, son of Mohammad Azim Masgar, was chosen as Andkhoi district head for the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) three years ago after the death of his father in a traffic accident.
Mohammad Daud Mubarez succeeded his father as Parchaman district chief after Mohammad Saleem Mubarez was killed in an insurgent attack.
Nasruddin Saadi was appointed as Dasht-i-Archi district chief nearly two year back after his father Sheikh Sadruddin Saadi vacated the slot.
After the death of Haji Abdul Halim by unidentified gunmen in Kabul two year ago, his son Fazal Rahim was appointed as provincial head of high peace council -- `a position that previously rested with Halim.
Salahuddin Rabani was appointed head of the High Peace Council (HPC) in April 2012 after his father Burhanuddin Rabani was assassinated in a suicide attack in September 2011.
Salahuddin Rabani worked as chairman of the HPC until February 2014 when he was given the portfolio of foreign ministry.
Muneera Yousufzada, spokeswoman for the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), claimed qualified and deserving individuals had been appointed to key posts recently.
She said the appointments to key government posts such as governors, their deputies, heads of governor offices, spokespersons, district chiefs heads and others had been made based on IDLG recommendations.
The spokesperson acknowledged the transfer of key posts from one person to another within a family after the death or any other incident was not the right thing. In some districts, relative of previous district chief had been appointed on insistence from people.
Yousufzada said currently some posts were being occupied by acting officials, who would be replaced within two months, s directed by the president.
The hereditary nature of occupying key post could be observed in non-government institutions as well.
Salahuddin Rabani, son of Burhanuddin Rabani was appointed as acting head of the Jamiat-i-Islami Political Party after the demise of his father. Ustad Rabani was the founder and leader of Jamiat.
Abdul Shakur Waqif, member of the Jamiat-i-Islami, said Rabani was chosen as Jamiat leader in an emergency situation and a majority of members trusted him. He explained the Jamiat had not yet called a meeting to appoint its new chief.
Shahla Farid, a teacher at the Kabul University, said the grant of key government post within a family from one member to another was not in line with the law. Government jobs should not be made hereditary.
She lamented that top officials still preferred to see their relatives and family members in key government posts.
If this trend continued in government institutions, corruption and issues would badly affect the performance of the government, she warned.
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