President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ended, on Tuesday, the duties of M’sila governor, Hadji Makdad, less than five months after firing the governor of Blida province, Moustafa Al Ayathi, and other governors who abused the selection of sentences and phrases when they talked to citizens.
President Bouteflika is establishing a new method in dealing with officials who violate their obligations with citizens, a topic which is explained during each Council of Ministers on the government to make the citizens and their needs in the priorities of government’s work.
This was expected after the uproar and popular discontent that was raised on how did the governor of Mesila deal with the issue of the fall of a man called “Ayache” in an artesian well, as the President Bouteflika ended the story of Ayache by firing the Governor Hadj Mekdad, to add him to Blida governor, Moustafa Al-Ayadi, who was fired because of an incident of refusing to open the door to a patient who was infected with cholera, then he preferred to talk with her from a distance but this was shot by a private channel’s camera.
Private TV Channels’ cameras and mobile phones, documented the anger of Ayache brother due to the absence of the governor, Hadj Mekdad, in order to to take a look at the incident, then the social networks published the news provoking a wave of discontent and criticism due to the absence of officials who preferred staying away from the technical evaluation of the rescue operation, and away from the contents of the reports that were taken in accordance with the logic of the career ladder to higher bodies.
The termination of the tasks of Msila governor following the death of a citizen in an artesian well, and the expulsion of Blida governor from the governor’s line following the incident of disrespecting a patient and refusing to approach her for fear of cholera infection, and firing the governor of Tizi Ouzou province, Hakim Chater two years ago, before his rehabilitation in the last movement reform, following the verbal abuse against the Mujahideens (war veterans), and the expulsion of the former governor of Boumerdes, who was widely criticized for his bad way of talking to citizens who have been excluded from housing distribution lists, apart from the “populist” dimensions of such decisions, the governors and other local officials, including the heads of constituencies, and elected heads of municipalities or municipal councils, will have to review their way of communicating and dealing with the concerns of citizens, without ruling out the establishment of a punitive system that affects every official who transmits false reports to higher authorities, as often false reports cause misjudgment of how to deal with incidents, in the presence of bureaucratic procedures that are facing senior officeholders in a way that obscures citizens’ complaints.
Modern media, social networks and private channel’s cameras exposed the behavior of some officials and made them public, despite the successive warning of the President of the Republic, who had previously admitted that meeting a with a White House official in the United States of America or even in Russia Kremlin was easier than meeting a mayor in Algeria.
Will the series of the termination of the tasks of some officials who are accused of “harassing” the citizens by provocative statements, terrorize the hearts of some officials and end their stories of closed offices, air-conditioned offices and fake “protocols” that sometimes obscure the vision and make it unclear? Or that the “scarecrow” of the dismissals will soon be extinguished and will terror that has caused the isolated governor of Msila to attempt to recover will fail?
The “scarecrow” of dismissal and termination of tasks will be effective if they are accompanied by mechanisms and punitive measures and legislative provisions that protect the right of citizens and clearly define the duties of officials, especially at the local level, and draw red lines that can not be exceeded in response to the citizen.