Somalia Asks Kenya to Stop Opposition MPs Movement in Nairobi

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Thursday May 18, 2017 - 17:10:31 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia Asks Kenya to Stop Opposition MPs Movement in Nairobi

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali government officially protested against a new political movement in Nairobi that seeks to critically oppose the new government in Mogadishu, sources told Somali Update Online.

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During a press conference in Mogadishu, members of the political forum came out to clarify their movement's motive, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali government officially protested against a new political movement in Nairobi that seeks to critically oppose the new government in Mogadishu, sources told Somali Update Online.
About 88 members of Somalia Federal Parliament announced a new parliamentary opposition forum in Nairobi following closed door meeting in several days. The group called themselves "Progressive or Moving Forward Forum”.
According to two government sources in Mogadishu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Presidential representative raised the issue with Kenyan government and demanded the movement stopped.
"This is unacceptable. The group are trouble-makers politicians seeking to destabilize the country and create unneeded political chaos against the new government.” Said one source.
"The new government needs chance to bring security and governance back to this country.” The source added. ”We demanded Kenyan government, which is really friendly, to monitor the ongoing movement of the group”.
According to these sources, among the Kenyan officials raised to the issue is Aden Barre Duale, the Majority Leader of Kenya’s National Assembly who in turn promised to look into the situation.
Somali Update Online has learnt that some of the members of the new opposition forum left Nairobi and traveled back to Mogadishu. It is not yet clear if Kenyan government informed them to leave.
On Thursday, during a press conference in Mogadishu, members of the group came out to clarify their movement’s motive.
Abdirashid Mohamed Hiddig who is the chairperson of the new group said that they were seeking to form political party but not an opposition group.
"We want to declare that we are not opposition movement.” He said "As you know all lawmakers are required to be part of a political party within the coming two years, and we are attempting to start the process of forming political parties.”
However, his comments comes as members of the public begun to question on the motive of the Nairobi-based forum that emerged only three months after the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
Critics say see that it is a common norm for Somalia lawmakers to start political movements against the incumbent government to extort huge cash for their yearly no confidence motions against the cabinet.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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