Speaker Mursal Reinstates House Finance Committee, Asks Executive To Respect Parliament
Somalia Upper House Speaker Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman on Saturday reinstated the disbanded Parliamentary Commitee on Finance and Budget.
The committee was disbanded by the Deputy Speaker Mahad Awad following the release.of the controversial $40M plus alleged fraud in the Finance Ministry and the Banaadir Regional Administration.
In a statement Speaker Abdirahman asked the executive to respect the independence of the federal parliament.
Abdirahman has urged the executive to accept the work of all Parliamentary oversight committee without interference.
The reinstatement comes days after
Speaker Abdirahman has failed to reach an understanding with President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire over several issues including the executive stance in the South West elections and gbe disbandment of the Finance committee.
Last week the Speaker held separate meetings with the President and Prime Minister to discuss the issues
The Speaker called for the reinstatement of the “disbanded” House Finance and Budget committee.
He declared his Deputy’s decision as null and void.
The report threatened to divide the House with analyst pointing fingers at possible machinations by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Villa Somalia.
This is the first time Speaker Abdirahman finds himself in a collission course with the President and Prime Minister since he took office in April 2018.
He had replaced Mohamed Osman Jawari who was accused of aligning himself with opposition lawmakers who were allegedly planning a no-confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire.
However MPs who support the prime minister brought a no-confidence motion against Jawari, which eventually forced him to step down after nearly a month of political turmoil.