Somali President pressures speaker to have Parliamentary committee on finance dissolved as militants intensify attacks

Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is reportedly pressuring the speaker of the parliament Mohamed Mursal to urgently dissolve the parliamentary committee on finance, sources told Horn Observer

The parliamentary committee on finance  earlier tabled a report exposing gross public thefts  and corruption by the government’s minister of finance, forcing president Farmaajo to interfere the business of the parliament by asking the two deputy speakers to dissolve the committee while the speaker was on business trip.  The committee was re-instated by the speaker.

Reliable sources informed Horn Observer that the president is determined either to dissolve the committee or persuade some of the committee members to resign in order to show divisions within the committee so that they can be formally dissolved.

The source added that half of the parliament receives monthly payment equivalent to minister’s monthly pay from the government in order to keep the support of the lawmakers an avoid any form of impeachment against him.

“Anyone who speaks about corruption within the government faces serious consequences including security” the source who requested to remain anonymous added.

Wadajir Party chairman Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame who is the one leading opposition leaders said that he was concerned about the current situation of the country.  He told local media that a serious consequences worse than Al Shabab might result in the Ethiopian and Eritrean involvement in the Somali affairs, referring to the tripartite meeting between the leaders of Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea, whose minutes or what was agreed is yet to be disclosed, despite similar  demands by the parliament to disclose the agreement.

“The  US backed Ethiopian involvement in Somalia in 2006 resulted the birth of AL Shabab” Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame said as cited by the local media, “Now I am worried far more consequences now”

This comes amid the militant Somali group Al Shabab intensified their attacks against the public places, the government installations and the African union troops.

Early this week, the Shabab took the credit for twin bombing attackstargeted at security checkpoints near the presidential palace killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens.

In a new development, the militants announced to have isolated the town of Marka, 90km south of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

In Baidoa, 2 people were killed and 13 others were wounded after a bomb placed in an area where local residents were playing exploded.

Somalia president Farmaajo has been busy in dismantling the regional administrations who are opposed to this political views and currently plans to create political instability in Jubbaland and Puntland, after managing to place Southwest Administration one of his favorite candidate he earlier supported.

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