The Concept of Unity Government of Afghanistan – By: Faheem Nazimi

April 13/2017
The relationship between the president of Afghanistan and his CEO should resemble that of the leader and the manager such as:
– The manager administers; the leader innovates.
– The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.
– The manager maintains; the leader develops.
– The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
– The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
– The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
– The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.
– The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.
– The manager imitates; the leader originates.
– The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.
– The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.
– The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing. I hope the two teams should have the wisdom and knowledge to see the relations between the two authorities in that spirit so that any misunderstanding and delusion can be avoided. Dr. Abdulla in my view must perceive the fact that he is in the role of a manager and not a leader. Likewise, Dr.Ghani must also see him in that role, delegate managerial authority to him, and assume the leaders’ responsibility himself. This is an underlying principle that politics is intractably linked to the phenomena of conflict and cooperation. Fortunately, the two teams have chosen to adopt the path of cooperation rather than conflict, that is sensible.
John kerry the then US Secretary of State (US minister of foreign affairs) said this time and again that the Unity Government concept has been purely President Ashraf Ghani’s own decision and no rules or law or person could have imposed this that up on him.
However, the principle of parity in terms of power sharing between the two teams, i.e. equal numbers, fifty fifty seems irrational and detrimental to the principle of unity between the two parties. It is in absolute contradiction to the principle of leadership and national management. It will give false delusion of having two headed government which will be self destructive .One can say with utmost certainty that Dr.Ashraf Ghani would not wish to see himself as a belligerent leader encircled by a team with ulterior design. He would certainly expect an honest and selfless cooperation towards the realization of his vision for the nation. The two teams must emerge as one team and should act in that way too. I hope Dr.Abdulla’s team will realize that there can never be parity in such matters, one has to lead, and that is in this case Dr.Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan and Dr.Abdulla has to follow him on all policy matters or else face the consequences.

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