The joint Constitutional Oversight Committee has accused Constitutional Affairs Minister Abdirahman Hosh Abdi of being an impediment to the review process.
In a letter addressed to the Speakers of the Upper and Lower houses the committee says the minister has taken the review process unilaterally sidelining parliament. The committee stated that article 133 and 134 of the Somali Provisional constitution places it with responsibility for the constitution review and not the minister,
“Abdirahman as a person does not fit this post since he is a person who likes to manage things alone” the letter partly stated. “He is determined to see the review process diverted and at the same time wants the government to come with a constitution that was not achieved through the legal procedure that includes public participation.
The committee further accuses the Minister of blocking access to the resources needed to operate. Hosh is accused of dragging the process and not consulting the committee.
“He wants to make the constitution review process go on for years. He is involved in agreement and other activities with the UN and other international agencies without the knowledge of Parliament” it added.
The Somali Parliament resumes on March 10 and the committee is seeking action from the speaker of both houses in regard to Minister Hosh. Radio Dalsan efforts to get a reaction from the Minister not fruitful as our calls remained unanswered. The review of the Somalia Provisional Constitution (2012) process kicked off in May 2017.