Somali's embattled Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein
reportedly survived a vote of no confidence in parliament after being accused
of embezzlement and causing instability in the country. Only about seven of the 200 members of
the Somali parliament present voted to oust Prime Minister Hussein, who had
been accused by some lawmakers of embezzling state funds. But proponents who
presented the impeachment proceedings against the prime minister contend that
the procedure was flawed, claiming that members of parliament were not allowed
to contribute to the motion before voting.
Ambassador Nicolah Bwakira is
the African Union's envoy to Somalia. He tells reporter Peter Clottey from
Kenya's capital, Nairobi that the move is a demonstration of Somalis being
ready to work together to restore the country's peace and stability.
"My personal opinion is that the peace process is
gaining a strong momentum within Somalia. You know the peace agreement, which
was signed in Djibouti was negotiated outside Somalia with the two parties the
TFG (Transitional Federal Government) and the ARS (Alliance
for the Re-liberation of Somalia). But having been for several days in Mogadishu two weeks
ago, I have seen a strong support among the population for the Djibouti peace
process, and the prime minister has played a key role in moving ahead with the
peace process in reaching out to the opposition. I think that is a confirmation
that both the members of the parliament and the public in general are in favor
of peace," Bwakira noted.
He said Somalis are demonstrating that they want
to rescue their country from destruction.
"Somalis in general are in favor of peace and the
population is tired of violence. I have heard today that the sector of
education was going on strike just to protest against violence," he said.
Bwakira said the agreement recently signed by the
president and the prime minister is a sign of good will that would bring about
unity of purpose within the transitional government.
"I think that was a rededication of the three
parties, the president the prime minister and the speaker of parliament that
they will respect the competencies of each organ of the state within the
transitional federal institutions. Secondly, I think they have agreed that they
have to cooperate one cannot walk in isolation from the other. They spent about
10 days discussing this issue. They have to come to the agreement that they
have to work together, and they have gone forward to explain to the members of
the parliament. So, I'm not surprised that members of the parliament, their
vast majority accepted to support the government of the prime minister,"
Bwakira pointed out.
He said there was a need to have a ceasefire
"One first and very important step is for them
and ARS to put in place a ceasefire. Secondly, to establish a joint TFG-ARS
force to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire. Thirdly, to facilitate
access to humanitarian activities and assistance and in so doing they would be
sending a good message to the population displaced throughout the country that
they can come back to a secure environment, to law and order because law and
order must be re-established," he said.
since its inception four years ago, internecine squabbling has reportedly plagued Somalia's
internationally backed transitional federal government. Prime Minister Hussein
and President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed last week signed an agreement to end months
of infighting that undermined the fragile interim government, but they were
jeered in Parliament as they attempted to outline its details.