Federal Senator and former Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole has slammed recent remarks made by Federal Minister of Constitution claiming the country’s provisional constitution wasn’t tampered, Garowe Online reports.
During a meeting held in Garowe city, the capital of Somalia’s northeastern region of Puntalnd, Federal Minister of Constitution, Abdirahman Jibirl Hosh said that no changes have been made to the Somali provisional constitution.
Asked by an audience in the meeting about his Ministry’s stand on the changes made to the constitution during the past administration without legal mandates, Minister Hosh said; “This matter is a conspiracy theory. After the constitution was adopted it was amended once in September 2012, due to type error.”
“The signatories can’t endorse constitution, they can agree on political agreement not drafting constitution,” he added.
The statement refers to public outrage to the amendment made to the provisional constitution which endorsed by Somali leaders and UN in 2012
The meeting was organized by the Federal Constitution Affairs Ministry, aiming to kick start the process of reviewing the constitutions for national referendum.
Speaking to Radio Garowe (RG) from his residence in Australia, Senator Farole highlighted about the course of adopting the provisional constitution before it was endorsed jointly by the Transitional Federal government and regional administrations, and witnessed by UN special envoy to Somalia Augustine Philip Mahiga in 2012.
Farole accused Minister Hosh of misleading the public and noted that the adopted constitution differs from the original script that was signed by the official signatories.
“It is an insult form Hosh to claim it is conspiracy theory and lies, and this could be taking to court,” added Farole.
He noted that Hosh interfered in the tasks of the parliamentary committee of the Federal Parliament that is responsible to oversee the review process of the constitution. The joint parliamentary committee from both Lower and Upper Houses are scheduled to appoint the chairman following the recess.
Farole urged Somali President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed Farmajo and Prime Minister Hasan Ali Khayre to interfere in light of the current process carried out by Minister Hosh, which could lead to unfortunate outcomes.
The Somali provisional constitution was signed in June 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya as than President Farole played a major role to end the mandate of the Transitional Federal government and adopt the provisional constitution till a national referendum is carried out.