MOGADISHU, Somalia Feb 14 2013 (Garowe Online) – Government
sources in Mogadishu have said that Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and
Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon have had a fall out after President Hassan
returned from his foreign trips, Garowe Online reports.
inside source says that the leaders had heated arguments on a number of issues
that have not yet been confirmed yet.
the source says some of the related to a number of sensitive issues that the
government is handling.
Interference of duties
you may be aware, it is well known that the President [Hassan Sheikh Mohamud]
has been interfering in the work of the Prime Minister’s office since the
selection of Cabinet ministers in October , which he had a very strong
influence in,” said the source.
small Cabinet of 10 ministers was appointed in October along with 25 deputy
ministers and state ministers. The previous government had a Cabinet consisting
of 18 ministers based on 4.5 clan power sharing system, which ensured clan
President Hassan’s administration took a new approach and many ministries were
Hassan’s government stated that the move was done to improve effectiveness of
the ministries. However, the confidential source told Garowe Online that some
ministers have complained about “continuous interference by the president’s
ministers have even threatened to resign as they feel that they have no real
authority of their ministry,” said the source, adding: “That the issue of
interference from the presidential palace has been brought to the table many
the source could not name which ministers threatened to resign, the source did
note that the rift between President Hassan and Prime Minister Shirdon is
Aid and development
from recent trips to the United States,
United Kingdom, Belgium and the Middle East, the international
community reassured President Hassan that Somalia would receive a new focused
aid and development approach.
EU has promised to host a Somali conference in fall, which will work out a “new
deal” for Somalia.
The Middle East has also suggested a more effective aid and development
initiative in Somalia.
The source suggests that the unprecedented pledge by the
international community and how it would be managed could also be the cause of
two had a fall out after President Hassan returned from his trips abroad and
some are saying that the funding from the international community especially Qatar and how
it would be managed is part of what caused the rift,” said the source.
to Abdirahman Abdi a Somali government consultant, the Middle East approach to
financial assistance with regards to Africa is
not as accountable as international standards.
less paperwork with Middle Eastern funding compared to funding from UN agencies
or Western powers’ donations,” said Mr. Abdi.
the creation of Somalia’s
first permanent government in 22 years, the Somali Federal Government has seen
an increase in aid pledges. Previous governments were reportedly riddled with
corruption and the new democratically elected government has promised to clear
the blemish of previous Somali governments.
rift comes at a time when regions in Somalia are preparing to form
federated states with the international support. Regions, such as Lower Jubba,
Middle Jubba and Gedo regions, are aspiring to form ‘Jubaland State’
and a state convention is expected to open later this month in Kismayo
political groups in Jubaland regions and the Intergovernmental Authority have
backed the process on Development (IGAD), despite complaints from officials in Mogadishu about the IGAD
involvement. In 2002-2004, IGAD hosted the Somali peace conference in Kenya that gave birth to the Transitional
Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia,
which preceded the current Somali Federal Government.
political groups have alleged that the Federal Government is against the
formation of Jubaland; however Prime Minister Shirdon has gone on the record
supporting the Jubaland state process. During visits to Minnesota,
USA, and London, UK,
Somali protestors demanded that President Hassan stop his interference of
Jubaland state formation.
confidential source says that he believes that President Hassan and Prime
Minister Shirdon disagree over Jubaland, as the Prime Minister has “refused” to
speak negatively of the local process for Jubaland state formation.
Bay region, a new governor was nominated by Abdifatah Ibrahim Geesey, the
former governor, has rejected the new nomination and is currently in Baidoa
commanding hundreds of troops. The new governor is nowhere to be seen and Mogadishu’s influence in
Baidoa, only 250km away, seems nonexistent, the source added.
Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari, who hails from Bay region, is
currently visiting Ethiopia
and it is believed that issues on the table include support for Mr. Geesey as
governor of Bay region. Baidoa is hosting a conference to establish a new state
for Bay and Bakool regions.
move to appoint a new governor at this critical time has been interpreted by
some local residents in Bay and Bakool regions as a bid to influence the
outcome of a state formation process for the area.
political analysts tell Garowe Online that the fall out between the two Somali
leaders could impact the pledged support by the international community towards
helping rebuild Somalia.
leaders were notorious for political infighting, with Presidents attempting to
unseat Prime Ministers via a parliamentary vote of confidence on numerous