CEO appoints 2 customs officials at Heratan port
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News has obtained documents that show the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has appointed two senior officials at the Heratan Dry port in northern Balkh province.
The documents show Ahmad Massoud Qayumi, a former acting head of fuel section at the dry port, has been recommended to the CEO’s office for the position of services section head at the port’s customs department on March 5, 2016 and the CEO office approved him on March 9, 2016.
In another document, the CEO office states to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries that Mohammad Azim Azimi has been appointed as the head of fuel section at the Heratan dry port.
On Jan 02, 2016, the Wolesi Jirga approved a presidential decree authorizing the officials concerned to make appointments in first and second ranks.
Earlier a joint commission of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission would recommend officials for such positions to the president for approval.
“Those appointments took place based on the political agreement, not on the basis of law and regulations,” Wolesi Jirga secretary Abdul Rauf Inaami said.
“The activities of the unity government should not be in conflict with the Constitution,” a legal expert, Ajmal Hodman, said, calling such appointments against the Constitution and the law on civil services.
He said such appointments were the main cause of corruption in the country and government officials were obliged to bring reforms in accordance with the Constitution.
This reporter tried to contact the CEO office, but failed. However, the spokesman for the Balkh governor, Munir Farhad, said “we proposed the (two) officials to the Ministry of Commerce who dispatched a copy of the suggested correspondence to the Presidential Palace and the presidential palace approved them.”
The appointment of Ahmad Massoud Qayumi has been approved and he would be sent to his duty station in a couple of days, he said, adding the local administration has the authority to suggest experts and capable people to the related ministries for approval.
While responding a query whether the CEO office has approved the positions, he said “not the CEO office, but the Presidential Palace has approved the officials.”
However, Syed Aqa Fazil Sancharaki, CEO’s advisor, told reporters that the president was yet to give such an authority to Dr. Abdullah, but he has been using his position in the current political system.
“As I know the authority of appointments has not been given to Dr. Abdullah, but he has been using his influence and position for appointments,” he said.
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