Tobruk municipality’s shutdown carries on for 17th consecutive day as solutions falter

Tobruk municipality’s shutdown carries on for 17th consecutive day as solutions falter

November 19, 2016 - 21:04
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Tobruk municipality continues to be closed by private contracting companies for the 17th successive day in protest of the delayed payment by the municipality for the projects the firms had done in the city.

Tobruk mayor, Al-Naji Maziq, said the continuous shutdown of the municipality’s headquarters is going to badly affect the work mechanisms within the service sectors in the city, as the municipality is its highest executive power.

“The notables, elders, and the security personnel were unable to solve the issue or reach a compromise between the two parties.” Maziq added, saying that the municipality does not have its own budget for development projects and all it has is for spending and individual allocations meant to be spent on water, sewage and public services.

“Municipal members are irritated regarding the shutdown as it is a violation of the executive authority in the city and will eventually lead to deteriorated living and security conditions.” He indicated.

After starting work in 2014, this comes as the second shutdown for the Tobruk municipality, which was first closed in August 2015 over internal dispute among members.

Tobruk mayor had previously urged the eastern region’s military governor, Abdelraziq Al-Nathori, to appoint a military mayor in his place just like other municipalities in the east, however; his urge was given no consent by the municipal members and the city activists.

Some observers say the shutdown of the municipality might speed up the appointment of a military figure as Tobruk mayor.