Municipality chiefs not selected by nepotism, says Cairo governor

The Cairo governor has denied press reports claiming new municipality chiefs were selected because of their affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.

“We measure [the municipality chiefs’] ability to communicate with citizens and serve the municipality,” Governor Osama Kamal said.

“We see if they are always present in the streets to know the problems of the citizens and resolve them,” he added. “And we check if they participate with civil society organizations in implementing the schemes devised by executive bodies.”

“Not to mention good governance and leadership, and the ability to develop the resources of their municipalities,” Kamal said, adding required qualifications.

Adel Farahat, the new chief of Bab al-Shaareya municipality, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party. Media reports say Farahat has disappointed the municipality’s residents, who say he lacks experience in executive and administrative work.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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