Somalia: Jubaland accuses Federal Parliament speaker of backing motion
KISMAYO, Somalia, May 20, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Jubaland administration in southern Somalia has accused Federal Parliament Speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari of spearheading smear campaign against the formation of regional assembly, Garowe Online reports.
Jubaland spokesman Abdinasir Seeraar Mah said on Mogadishu-based station that speaker Jawari embroiled himself in the anti-Jubaland parliament motion a day after Somalia lawmakers concluded a two-day debate on the composition of regional assembly.
“We don’t see parliament speaker as neutral figure, he is part of the motion in favor of specific groups,” noted Mah.”Parliament speaker has never come to Kismayo, ask him but it’s not up to us”.
On April 15, Jubaland officially unveiled 75-member MPs line up, drawing mixed reactions from some subclans.
In the following days, lawmakers in Mogadishu-based Federal Parliament criticized selection process mainly entrusted to local clan elders, alleging lack of inclusivity.
On May 7, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud attended inauguration ceremony held for Jubaland parliament in the southern port city of Kismayo.