SOMALIA: Politicians and MPs caution on the draft constitution
By; Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) Politicians and members of Somalia parliament have cautioned on the draft constitution for Somalia which they said was weakening some of most sacred points for the nation and its people including the religion and the sovereignty of its borders, RBC Radio reports.
In a press conference in Mogadishu on Thursday, the politician Hassan Sheikh Mohamud warned that the UNDP funded draft constitution, comprising 69 pages is intentionally endangering the religion and the nationhood of the country.
“What most of us worry is that the draft constitution denies that the Sharia is a source of law. It does not also clearly define the exact borders of the country.” Mr. Mohamud said.
He also pointed out that conditions set for the country’s president were omitted to ease for non-Muslims to run for the presidential office in the near future.
“The much-funded papers do not tell the exact criteria for the new president as a Muslim-born and also as pure citizen.” He added.
On her side, MP Asha Ahmed Abdalla has opposed the draft constitution which she blamed for lack of strict clause on the way getting the state citizenship by the foreigners and called for Somalis to reject its implementation.
“The constitution cannot be consulted with the people in the regions of Somalia; there is no security circumstance that permits referendum.” Mrs Abdalle said adding that there is no need to draft constitution while the 1960 agreed constitution exists.
Meanwhile senior clerics in Mogadishu have called on Monday to boycott the draft constitution alleging that it was anti-Muslim rule.
“The Muslim Somali society should not be betrayed into the draft constitution which undermines the religion as the rule of law.” Said in a statement issued Somali Religious Council on Monday.
The call from the different segments of the people comes amid a National Constituent Assembly of 825 clan-based members, of which 30 percent will be women, will vote on the draft in May in Mogadishu but many people believe that clan representatives will reject the draft constitution.