Somalia PM lauds "progress" in judicial and security systems


MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Prime Minister of Somalia Mohamed Hussein Roble has yet again indicated that the country has made substantive gains in the ongoing efforts to reform the judiciary and security systems which are integral in the wider plan to help the country progress.

For several decades now, Somalia has struggled to put in place a robust judicial system and a dependable security team following years of instability and suspicions. The country doesn't have a functional judicial system, something which has often worried the international partners.

On Thursday, Roble, who assumed office in September last year, said a functional judiciary and operational security systems are fundamental in the peace and development of the country. He said the country is on the right path towards fixing the systems as the country focuses on growth.

The Prime Minister, who is currently tasked to plan for elections in the country, was gracing the Annual Judicial Conference in Mogadishu, where he reiterated the commitment by the government to support the systems for the sake of peace and stability.

"I graced Somalia's Annual Judicial Conference today. A strong and Independent Justice System is a prerequisite to peace and development," said Roble, whose government has been accused of failing to respect the constitution of the country.

"Whereas there exists significant room for improvement, Somalia has nonetheless made tangible strides towards reforming the Security andJustice System," added the PM, who is the overall coordinator of government programs in the country, but who is answerable to the president of the country.

For years, Somalia has been relying on military courts in the dispensation of justice, something which the international community has raised concerns about. Also, the security system is still compromised, with the opposition often accusing the government of allowing Al-Shabaab to infiltrate it.


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