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Somalia: MPs blame Farmajo for violating power-sharing system

By Staff reporter , Garowe Online
A member of Somali parliament reads statement to the reporters in Mogadishu [File photo]

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali lawmakers have accused the country's President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of violating a power-sharing protocol, which was signed in 2000 in Djibouti, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu, the MPs from both the Senate and the House of the People described the President's acts as "unacceptable" and warned that the country could “slide into civil war".

The legislators held a five-day meeting in the capital between 25th and 30th August, in which they discussed the difficult times that Somalia has been inching through in the past two-decades full of bloody conflict.

Hassan Abdinur, a Parliamentarian who spoke on behalf of his fellow MPs has voiced grave concern over what he termed a setback in the processes of Federalism in Somalia. and how it has evolved over the years.

 - The Political affairs - 

The lawmakers blamed the President of the Federal Government and the Executive branch of 'deliberately' breaching the Arta power-sharing deal inked by Somali clans 18 years ago, after making illegal appointments.

The top leaders of the Government named the Ministers, army chiefs, deputies, Permanent Secretaries, Director Generals, key positions, such as the seaport, airport, Immigration and Benadir region unconstitutionally.

Furthermore, the legislators pointed out that the current administration led by Farmajo has failed to resume the talks with the northern breakaway region of Somaliland, calling the lack of commitment as "unfortunate".

 - The Security - 

Additionally, the Senate and Lower House members said Villa Somalia has failed in the security sector, especially the fight against Al-Shabaab which controls large swathes of land despite the presence of AU troops.

They have opposed to the frequent rape against women on passenger buses travelling between Mogadishu and Baidoa and as well as Barawe in southern Somalia by soldiers dressed in the army uniforms.

The sexual abuses continue in spite of government alert by the local community. The lawmakers also denouncing the oppression and intimidation of the government against its critics and lack of restraining.

- The Justice -

The justice is key for Every country's development, therefore, the current Somali government which has called itself peace and life failed to reform the justice sector to get a properly functioning system that provides good services to the citizens.

Since taking office last February, President Farmajo promised to initiate drastic changes to many of the vital institutions, including the justice, but, his government to fell short to form the Judicial Service Commission.

Farmajo was accused of appointing officials and promoting army officers without going through the country's Federal Constitution and clan power-sharing formula, known as [4.5] which his government is based.

 - Seek justice from Al-Shabaab courts -

The members of the parliament disclosed that the injustice in the government has forced the public to seek justice from Al-Shabaab, a move that gives the Islamic insurgent group to grow and expand their presence.

Garowe Online has published last week a report shedding light on the nepotism and favouritism in current government after the top leaders appointed their close relatives to higher positions, not in line with the 4.5.

Recently, Somalia's Minister of Planning, Gamal Mohamed Hassan appointed a politician hailing from Farmajo's clan to Permanent Secretary of his Ministry and naming the PM's close relative as the deputy director General.


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