A president submissive to his functionary

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 03:38 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 154 times

President Ashraf Ghani not only has failed to honor his campaign promises but also mostly acts in contradiction with them. Whenever he has pledged to do something, he has certainly acted against the promise over the past two years and a half. Known for his decisiveness, President Ghani was emphasizing that he would not build a coalition government; however, after the election became controversial, he accepted the proposition to establish the National Unity Government (NUG) and effectively shared power with his election rival on a 50-50 basis, disrespecting the votes and will of millions of Afghans. 

 

His another election campaign slogan was to absolve all “parallel power structures and governments”. Afghans still remember President Ghani’s laughter in response to a question about the fate of Gen. Atta Mohammad Noor. President Ghani finally surrendered to the power of his functionary who served as acting governor of Balkh province for two years and a half, and officially reappointed him as Balkh governor. In a short press statement, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has said President Ghani has signed an order about the appointment of Atta Mohammad Noor as Balkh governor. 

It is very sad to say that president issued a decree sacking all provincial governors at the initial days of taking up office only for the sake of Atta Mohammad Noor. At that time, everyone knew and believed that President Ghani had issued the order solely to avoid any clash with Noor. With all his constitutional powers, the president could not fire a provincial governor over the past two years and a half of being in power, so how should the people expect such a president to salvage a country like Afghanistan that is embroiled in decades-long conflict. 

President Ghani’s actions are increasing dashing the hopes of Afghan people for restoring stability and justice to the country, and most of his activities, instead of boosting the moral of people in the current difficult situation of the country, erode public’s trust in the future. If he cannot do anything to rectify the situation, he should at least avoid actions that further complicate things in the country.