New row over constitutional review process

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Hiiraan Media Center
Tuesday March 6, 2018


FILE PHOTO – Abdi Jibril Hosh, Minister of Constitutional Affairs of The Federal Government of Somalia.

Mogadishu (HMC) – The joint Parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) have said they have no confidence in the Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Abdi Jibril Hosh, according to a statement released by the group on Monday evening.

In the statement, the committee accused the minister of intentionally dragging the constitutional review process for his personal benefit.

“He is busy, dragging out the constitutional review process a project for years, he signs deals with international agencies and UN without the comprehension of the parliament,” the statement reads.

The committee also blamed the minister for obstructing the activities of the constitutional review bodies.

“He has been busy interfering with the two bodies to prevent their work by blocking resources they needed for duties, rather than fulfilling his task to facilitate the activities of the two bodies,” the committee noted.

The committees noted that they are dissatisfied with the minister’s unilateral constitutional review process by usurping their powers.

In October last year, the Oversight Committee boycotted a conference planned by the ministry, accusing the ministry of not following the proper procedures.

Following efforts by the government, the CRC and the ministry signed MoU in November 2017 that outlined their roles.

In Monday’s statement, CRC also accused the minister of violating that same MoU.

It is not the first time the implementation process of the provisional constitution of Somalia had stalled over disputes between the bodies and the ministry.

Ministry officials contacted by HOL declined to comment further

 

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