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Why unity govt leaders not use holidays?

Why unity govt leaders not use holidays?

Mar 28, 2017 - 16:51

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The unity government leaders do not use public holidays to get relaxed but they continuously work keeping in mind the country’s sensitive situation, it is claimed.

Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman to the president, said the president’s official time to start work was 8am till 8pm but he attended his office before 8am and started his work by reading newspapers.

“The president meets people and studies some cases and just take a break between 1pm and 3pm during the day,” he said.

Murtazavi said meeting Afghan and foreign guests such as foreign ambassadors and representatives was part of the president’s daily work.

“Besides his official work, the president oversees the security situation and economy of the country”, he said.

“The president when leaves office at the end of his work, he takes at least 10 cases home and studies them during night and highlights problems and gives necessary instructions to relevant officials,” Murtazavi said.

Besides offering Friday’s prayers and meeting local people, the president during Friday holidays also travels to provinces to assess people’s problems. “The president is too much busy,” he said.

To a question whether President Ashraf Ghani availed national holidays, he said, “Unfortunately the situation in Afghanistaninfo-icon has taken away that opportunity from the president. He does not go out for recreation or entertainment, not like presidents of other countries,” he added.

Murtazavi said the president worked extra hours in order to improve the capacity of government organs and pave the ground for those who would take future responsibilities of the government.

While Ahmad Umaid Maisam, deputy spokesman for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, also said the CEO also worked on holidays as the current situation of the country did not allow him to stay idle.

He said meeting foreign envoys, NATOinfo-icon commanders, officials of international organs, the natural disasters committee, parliament members and provincial security and other officials were part of the CEO’s daily activities.

The CEO could take holidays like other government employees, but the current situation of the country did not allow him to use such opportunities and he has to monitor the ongoing situation, he said.

Maisam said the CEO even on vacation used to meet people and hear their problems.

Do government leaders avail holidays?

Gul Ahmad Madadzai, the deputy head of Lawyers’ Association of Afghanistan (LAA), said ordinary government employees availed holidays but no specific holidays had been defined for senior government officials such as the president, the CEO and ministers.

However, he said using holidays was the right of officials. “If we view senior government officials as ordinary officers, they have 20 annual leaves, 20 sick leaves in a year and 40 leaves to perform the Hajjinfo-icon pilgrimage,” he said.

Calling holidays important for refreshment and relaxation of humans, he said senior government officials were also humans and they could use holidays for their refreshment.

“In other countries, a president and other senior officials use their holidays for refreshment and rest because all humans need recreation for their physical and biological relaxation,” Madadzai said.

The risk of too much work

Naser Habibi, a lecturer at the Psychology Institute of Kabul University, said a person who worked consecutively for two weeks could develop stress.

He said President Ghani also had stress as anger and emotions could be seen on his face some times. “This problem occurs because he works more than his responsibilities and it is the cause he sometimes forgets his promises,” he said.

“A newborn needs 20 hours of sleep, a child 10 hours, a teenager eight hours and an elder man six to seven hours in a day”, Habibi said, adding a person might face problems if he or she did not sleep enough.

President Ghani has said he works 18 hours a day in order to address major problems of the country. It may be the reason President Ghani has been several times noticed making mistakes in his speeches.

However, a political expert, Ahmad Saeedi said the president was doing his work himself because he did not trust his subordinates.



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