Even though the decision surprised us all as the Karachi Mayor chose his arch nemesis to take charge and since Mustafa Kamal accepted the challenge, it seemed like Karachi would finally be able to get a proper waste disposal system but politics has gotten in the way of a more prosperous society again because of the ulterior motives of individuals in senior management. Wasim Akhtar, has now taken back his decision of appointing Mustafa Kamal on the basis of him ‘playing politics’. During a media talk he said
I had appointed him thinking that he sincerely wanted to solve the city’s problems. However, after the press conference he held last night, it is clear that Kamal only wants to play politics. I am hereby suspending Kamal from the position I had given him yesterday.
Earlier when the PSP head was appointed for the project he accepted the offer but took his words too far by saying that the mayor should resign and hand over all tasks to the PSP chief and this didn’t go down with the Mayor.
In good faith, I responded positively to his request, setting aside all the differences we had had in the past. Everything that he has said about me and to me on a personal and professional level is on record; in spite of all of that, I said that I will let this man take the position, for the sake of the people of Karachi.But my sincerity was misused.It was given the colour of politics. You (Kamal) used my move to play politics; you took out a rally, gathered your party workers, called the media and started saying those same vile things that you had said about me before. This proves that you are not sincere, it means that all you wanted to do was play politics.
“What should have happened was that you should have come to the municipal works department head office, and given a formal joining there. You should have shared your 90-day plan and the formula you have for clearing Karachi in 90 days with us so that we all could have proceeded on the matter with seriousness.
“Instead, you held a press conference and tried to act like you had been given all mayoral powers; you started acting like districts had come under you. That is not the case, you had been made the project director of garbage and you had to work under the mayor office to clean this city up.
That was a short-lived fiasco which came to its inevitable end way sooner than we expected.