Statement by Somali president on suspension of the PM

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The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo having seen and realized;

THAT Article 87 of the Provisional Constitution confers upon him the duty as the custodian and promoter of the basic principles of the Constitution;

THAT a presidential decree regarding the protection of public lands in accordance with Article 43 of the Provisional Constitution was issued on 18 January 2018;

THAT the law banning the misuse and misappropriation of public property during the elections period came into effect on 27 October 2021;

THAT the Prime Minister has been involved in encroachment of public land owned by the Somali National Army;

THAT the Somali National Army Command has commenced an investigation into allegations of misappropriation of public land owned by the Somali National Army;

THAT the Prime Minister has put pressure on the Minister of Defense to which amounts to tampering with investigation into the alleged encroachment on the SNA property;

THAT the Prime Minister on 26 December 2021, in an undue reshuffle, named a new Minister of Defense before the completion of the ongoing investigation over abuse of public lands owned by SNA;

The President announces the following;

  1. WHEREAS Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble is accused in an ongoing investigation on corruption and abuse of public land, the duty and powers of the Prime Minister remain suspended pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.
  2. ALL Members of the Council of Ministers shall continue to exercise their duties in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country;
  3. ALL government officials are urged to abide by the laws and regulations of the country and refrain from abuse of office and encroachment of public property and

ENDS

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