Karzai replaces Governors of nine provinces
21 September, 2012
KABUL: President Hamid Karzai introduced sweeping changes at the local government level Thursday, replacing nine provincial governors out of the country's 34 provinces.
The Office of Administrative Affairs reported the names of new provincial governors in Takhar, Kabul, Helmand, Baghlan, Maidan Wardak, Laghman, Logar, Badghis and Faryab. In the northern provinces, Gen. Ahmad Beig will replace Takhar governor Abdul Satar Taqwa, Sultan Mohammad Ebadi will replace Baglhan's Munshi Abdul Majid, Taher Sabri will replace Badghis governor Delar Jan Arman, and Mohammadullah Batash will head Faryab whose previous governor Abdul Haqq Shafiq was dismissed last month.
In central Afghanistan, Abduljabbar Taqwa will replace Kabul provincial governor Ahmadullah Alizai, Eqbal Azizi, currently serving as Laghman governor, will replace Logar's Mohammad Tahir Sabri, and the outgoing governor of Baghlan, Munshi Majid, will replace Maiden Wardak governor Mohammad Halim Fedayi.
In the south only one provincial governor will change at this point with Naim Balooch taking the helm from Helmand governor Mohmmad Gulab Mangal.
In the east, Fazlullah Mojaddadi will replace Laghman governor Iqbal Azizi who is moving to Logar. The Office statement added that Munshi Majid will also be introduced as advisor to the President.
TOLOnews revealed yesterday that a dismissal was expected for at least six provincial governors. A source close to the matter claimed that as many as 20 provincial governors would be dismissed or moved to other roles.
Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) spokesman Mohammad Bashir Bahram said Wednesday that the directorate was investigating all the governors on Karzai's orders.
"We have started investigating all the governors – some of them will be transferred to other provinces. Those governors who have had good relations and experience will be remain on their jobs," he said.