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Saakashvili likes it quick

04.10.2010  |  10:26

8334.jpegGeorgian President is here with fresh ideas able to up-end the theory of state management. Sakartvelo's leader praises his officialdom for mobility and "constant traveling" around the country. Why are Michael Schumacher, Usain Bolt or a USAF pilot not given posts in Georgian government then?


At a recent meeting with parliamentary deputies president Mikheil Saakashvili came down hard on activities of UN High Commissioner for Refugees solving the issue of people forcedly evicted from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. According to the Rose Revolution leader, the UN representative is too slow doing it and comes to Georgia where things are already set right.

By all appearances, the reason why Saakashvili told the UN official off was the statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Georgia Peter Nicholaus: in mid September he dared to criticize policies pursued by the country's leadership over the issue still painful for thousands of people. According to him, Tbilisi pays no attention to providing these citizens of Georgia with any kind of job. "They (refugees) have no means of subsistence. That is why, if the government wants the process to go on normally, they must be given jobs", - Nicholaus thinks.

Apparently, Mikheil Saakashvili sticks to the opposite point of view that problems of refugees have been finally solved with the help of Sakartvelo Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili in charge of construction of cottages. "Homes were built under Merabishvili's control. At first there was discontent that Merabishvili was responsible for construction but the task was entrusted to the one would be the quickest and most efficient. In spring there came UN High Commissioner for Refugees asking what help was needed. We told him - thanks a lot, we have built everything. If we were waiting these people would still be out in the open", - Mikheil Saakashvili remarked.

To be on the safe side, it would be useful to remind the Georgian leader of opinions the refugees have over these houses and their repeated complaints to the country leaders. The refugees and various rights-defending organizations criticize quality of the constructions, or, to be more precise, lack of it. Vakhtang Kobaladze, executive director in International Transparency-Georgia remarks that the refugees were given some "temporary shelter", not permanent homes from the state.

However, Saakashvili is hardly interested in problems of refugees. Most probably, he did not even notice large protest rallies against eviction of refugees from administrative buildings they had been offered earlier in the Georgian capital. Georgian president is now focused on other things - to prove success of his staff policies to his Western sponsors.

Adequacy of Saakashvili's "recruiting" capacities has been highly doubted by the world community since the government of Georgia was filled with a bunch of good-looking but totally incompetent ladies. That made Mikheil Nikolozovich explain how fast Georgia's current regime is heading for prosperity. "We have a dynamic government. We are always on the move. Tkeshelashvili sees different places all the time, Ugulava either works at a petrol station or bakes bread. There are jokes about me rushing past somebody who fell ill with pneumonia, Nikolaishvili is thrice more reactive than anyone of you... We are a highly mobile government and we must keep the pace", - the president of Georgia stated.

So you see that the main quality for a Georgian minister is an ability to move fast. We must expect that the government building will soon be transformed into some kind of giant airbus moving about the territory of the state. After all, it looks very much like creating a Laputa island from Gulliver's Travels. Why not: Georgia's current leaders will most probably appreciate methods that citizens of the mythic flying machine used in their struggle against dissidents.

Speaking seriously, Mikheil Saakashvili just proves his inefficiency once again. Mayor of Tbilisi supposed to become Saakashvili's successor must not bake bread. It is not his business. Neither should Georgian ministers move around in panic trying to prevent a political and economic catastrophe in Georgia as an emergency. Given the size of the country, a small group of qualified officials would be just enough to put things in order in Sakartvelo. However, Saakashvili seems to have only two requirements for his future candidates to the Georgian government - good looks and dog's loyalty.

Artem Martynuk

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