GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The director of southern Ghazni province’s power utility says the governor deliberately dismissed and replaced him over alleged absence from duty.
On the other hand, Da Afghanistan BreshnaShirkat (DABS) says the governors are the president’s first-level representatives in provinces and they could fire government officials.
Governor Mohammad Daud Laghmani fired ShahrullahMubarez, director of Ghazni’s power utility, and appointed Jan Mohammad as acting director of the department.
ShahrullahMobarez told Pajhwok he had been out of office conducting official affairs, but the governor counted those days as his absence.
“Whenever there is a power outage, I go to the area with my colleagues, but the governor counted this as my absence and told me that you were not in the office for a long time,” he explained.
Mobarez said the governor had fired him and appointed another individual in his place.
RahmatullahMarjankhel, a civil society activist in Ghazni, said Mobarez had worked tirelessly to improve the province’s power supply.
Meanwhile, Provincial Council chairman Amanullah Kamran said that the governor had no authority to remove the power utility director.
Without providing any comment, Governor Mohammad Daud Laghmani confirmed he had fired the power utility director.
On the other hand, the governor’s house wrote on its Facebook page that the electricity department head was fired due to his continued absence from office.
Related to this matter, Da Afghanistan BreshnaShirkat’s spokesman Sangar Niazai said the governor was the first-level representative of the president and had the authority to dismiss government officials.
He said that ShahrullahMobarez had been asked to come to Kabul and a decision about his fate would be made there.