Somalia: Political parties hail CIC's blame on central Govt
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Five political parties in Mogadishu welcomed a strong-worded communiqué released by Somalia's Council of Inter-State Cooperation (CIC) on Sunday, Garowe Online reports.
In a joint statement, Wadajir, Kulan, Daljir, Peace and Horusocod shared the CIC's concerns over the lack of political and security progress in the country, echoing criticism made against the Somali Federal Government.
"We share the same concern about the political turmoil in Somalia, interference and paralysed constitutional bodies that diverted the government to do its tasks, including the fight against the enemy and public service and moving the country forward" read the statement in part.
The statement further accused the central government of politicising the security agencies, and the independent offices, such as the Auditor General, Attorney General and the Judiciary.
"It's unwise the President to call for an emergency meeting while the Federal Government is turning a blind eye to the grievances of the regional administrations and still keeping on its interference to divide the CIC," said the Political parties.
They urged the government to fix all the critical issues before the upcoming consultative forum expected to take place in Puntland capital, Garowe next month.
At the end of the day-long conference in Kismayo city, the Presidents of five Somali Federal states on Saturday, 8th September announced to have suspended relations with the central government led by President Farmajo.
Jubaland, Puntland, Southwest, Galmudug and Hirshabelle leaders blamed the government for interfering in their issues and failure to fulfil political deals, including the national security architecture.
The regional States decried the lack of sharing of foreign aid and low in the fight against Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda ally which controls swathes of territory in the country.
A security analyst in Mogadishu says the current deadlock is the latest political setback by the Federal government of Somalia which is trying with the support of the International community to stabilize the war-torn Horn of Africa nation.