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Ghazni City without mayor for past 6 months

Ghazni City without mayor for past 6 months

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May 09, 2017 - 16:41

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The absence of mayor for the capital of southern Ghazni province over the past six months has affected the municipality’s affairs.

Former Ghazni City mayor Faridon Ahmadi resigned about six months ago following his reinstatement by President Ashraf Ghani.

The president had dismissed Ahamdi as mayor but had to reinstate him after protests were carried out in Ghazni City against the mayor’s removal.

A resident of Ghazni City, Mohammad Ibrahim, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday that the mayor’s absence had disrupted all activities of the municipality.

“Most workers of the municipality do not appear for duty. I had a work pending for 20 days at the municipality while normally the work was supposed to be done in a single day.”

He said plants along roads and in gardens were drying up due to the negligence of the municipality workers.

He also said unauthorized constructions had been started at various parts of the city by taking advantage of the mayor’s absence.

Another resident of Ghazni City, Mohammad Ajmal, held similar views and said the municipality had stopped irrigating plants and gardens by using a solar power system.

Residents said the province also lacked a deputy governor. Rahimullah, a resident, said: “The governor has no deputy, it is not easy for everyone to reach the governor and sign documents.”

The residents asked the government to appoint the two officials as soon as possible.

Ghazni governor Abdul Karim Matin said Ghazni City had been without mayor for the past six months and the province without a deputy governor for the past several years.

He wondered how a department could smoothly function in the absence of its head. “My work burden has increased because I don’t have  a deputy.”

Matin said he had time and again discussed the issue with officials in Kabulinfo-icon, but there had been no positive response.

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