The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Wednesday said that eleven governors have been appointed by the Afghan government in less than three months.
The IDLG spokesman said that the appointments were made on the basis of separate orders by the president and in response to the demands of the people in the provinces, adding that more governors will be appointed in the coming days.
“The Independent Directorate of Local Governance takes into consideration the needs of a certain province, the demands of the public in the province and the nature of governance in every province before making the appointments of the new governors to find out which person can be more effective in a province,” said Sayed Shah Saqim, a spokesman for the IDLG.
But despite the ongoing appointment of new governors, the government so far has not been able to finalize its cabinet members.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed governors of Khost and Samangan have vowed to crush any corrupt element in their provinces and to bridge the gap between the people and government.
“The pole of relations between the government and the people is there, we will work to bring ties between the nation and the government very close,” said Daud Kalakani, the newly-appointed governor of Samangan.
“No deal must be made when it comes to the implementation of the law, the law will be implemented equally for all in order to help ensure development,” said Sediq Patman, the newly-appointed governor of Khost.
This follows President Ashraf Ghani's appointment of Mohammad Omar Daudzai as the president’s special envoy for Pakistan, and issued separate orders on the appointment of governors for Baghlan, Laghman, Nuristan, Khost and Samangan in less than a week.
Also on Tuesday, Ghani announced the appointment of Yasin Zia as the Chief of Army Staff.
“Regarding the structure of the institution---It is the decision of the entire government of Afghanistan, particularly the president, that the structure of the institution shouldn’t lead to discord, but it should lead to unity,” said Amrullah Saleh, the First Vice President of Afghanistan.
In May, President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal after months of political discord that critics at the time said could have pushed the country towards a new crisis if not resolved.
But two months after the signing of the political agreement between Ghani and Abdullah, the list of those who will take a cabinet post has still not been made public, said an official from the Presidential Palace.
Abdullah's final choices for his share of the cabinet are still pending, the official said.
Abdullah has been given 50% share in the cabinet based on the political agreement.