KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid political tension, three governors who have been appointed by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah could not go to their offices while the orders of four of the five governors are not accepted in relevant organs.
On February 18, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final results of last September’s election following delays due to allegations of vote-rigging.
The commission declared President Ashraf Ghani as the winner, saying he was re-elected with 50.64% of the vote.
But his main rival Abdullah Abdullah, who came second with 39.52%, contested the result, declared victory, and vowed to form his own parallel government. The rival leaders were each sworn in as president in separate ceremonies on Monday.
The Stability and Partnership team led by Abdullah appointed governors for Baghlan, Sar-i-Pul, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces while present governors of these provinces still continue their job.
Where are the governors appointed by Abdullah and what are they doing?
Mohammad Noor Rahmani was appointed as the governor for Sar-i-Pul province by Abdullah on February 22.
Local officials say Rahmani is currently in the governor’s house while the government-appointed governor, Abdul Qadir Ashna, is continuing his job in the provincial Mines and Petroleum Department.
Atila Noori, spokesperson of Rahmani said that orders of Rahmani were implemented in all organs while Ashna said Rahmani’s orders were not accepted in any organs and he had only occupied the governor’s house.
Some officials who wished to go unnamed said salaries of local officers were approved by Ashna, not by Rahmani.
Stability and Partnership team also appointed Abdul Hai Hayat, a provincial council member of Jawzjan province as the governor of the province on February 23, while the government’s governor for the province, Lutfullah Azizi, also continues his job.
Some sources say Azizi is currently in capital Kabul.
Bashir Ahmad Tayanj, spokesman of Junbish-i-Islami Afghanistan, said that Hayat was in the guest house of the political party.
Some government organs in Jawzjan say Hayat’s orders are not valid in local departments.
Abdullah appointed Mohammad Asif Azimi as governor of Samangan province and Mustafa Mohsinsi as governor of Baghlan on February 24. Government’s governor for Samangan is Abdul Latif Ibrahimi and for Samangan, Abdul Qadim Niazai.
Mohammad Seddiq Azizi, spokesman of Samangan governor, said that Azimi was living in Zhwandon valley, 10 kilometers from the the provincial capital and Abdul Latif Ibrahimi was doing his job as governor.
“Governor appointed by Stability and Partnership team has no formal activities, he only walks with a number of armed supporters but has no any influence on government organs,” he said.
Some local officials in Baghlan province, wishing anonymity, said the government’s governor, Abdul Qadim Niazai was normally performing his job in the governor’s house.
Nooriali Akbar, spokesman of Mustafa Mohsini, the governor appointed by Stability and Partnership team, said Mohsini was in Pul-i-Khumri, meeting people there about his future plans.
Without giving details, he said Abdullah was elected president and all governors in future will be appointed by his team.
Eng. Kamaluddin Nizami, who is governor for Panjshir province since three years, has announced his support for Abdullah as president.
Mohammad Amin Seddiqi, deputy governor of Panjshir, said that Nizami continued job as normal.