Somalia's Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein is
coming under intense pressure after some parliamentarians presented a motion
seeking to remove him from his position. The parliamentarians accused Hussein
of embezzlement and mismanagement of public funds, as well as undermining the
country's security. They also accused Prime Minister of lacking a vision to
develop the country. Some political analysts say the removal of Prime Minister
Hussein would seriously jeopardize the recently signed Djibouti Agreement,
which seeks to bring peace and stability to Somalia.
Bwakira is the Africa Union's special representative to Somalia. He tells
reporter Peter Clottey from Kenya's capital, Nairobi that the accusations
against Prime Minister Hussein are preposterous.
of all I don't think those graft allegations are founded. Secondly, I know for
having been talking to both the president of the TFG (Transitional Federal
Government) and the Prime Minister Nur Hassan and they are in very serious
talks about the difference of interpretation about the constitution. I have
also been talking to the speaker of the parliament whom I have met last week on
Friday. I think they are resolving their differences in a very reasonable way
to support the Djibouti Agreement," Bwakira pointed out.
He said if the motion in
parliament to remove the prime minister succeeds, the recently signed Djibouti
Agreement would be significantly affected.
"I would agree that if he
(Nur Hassan) was removed the Djibouti agreement will be in trouble indeed. But
Somali political leaders are very wise leaders. The speaker of the parliament whom
I met Friday last week has told me he was in touch with the deputy speaker and
the bureau of the parliament and I don't expect the (removal of the prime
minister) to happen. Of course in any parliament, it is free to vote a motion
of no confidence, but if it happens it will be done after considering the
highest interest of Somalia. And the highest interest of Somalia at this moment
is the implementation of the Djibouti Agreement. That is why I think this is
more a stage than on reality," he said.
Bwakira said there was need
to fully implement the Djibouti Agreement to restore the country's peace and
"My advice to Somalis is
that the most important consideration should be the peace and stability of
Somalia. The second would be for them to consult with both the speaker and the
President Abdullahi Yusuf whom I have also met on Friday. I think none of them
will like to jeopardize the Djibouti agreement and the peace process. I'm
convinced of that because I've seen the three leaders on Thursday and Friday
last week and I'm confident that wisdom will prevail," Bwakira pointed out.
Somali Deputy Parliament Speaker Mohamed Omar Dalha
reportedly said that members of parliament have two days to study the motion
before voting, which requires 139 votes of the 275 members to pass.
It is, however, not certain whether the motion will muster the required
Djibouti Agreement, which was signed in early June by the transitional government and the
main faction of the opposition coalition of the Alliance for the Reliberation
of Somalia (ARS), aims to usher in a new era of stability in Somalia's future.
Djibouti Agreement also stipulates that a ceasefire should take effect
throughout Somalia 30 days after its signing. Under the pact, Ethiopian troops
in Somalia, who crossed into the country in late 2006 to help Somali government
forces oust an Islamist administration in south and central Somalia, would
withdraw within 120 days after deployment of a" sufficient number" of
UN stabilization forces.