July 7, 2012 ·7 Comments
MOGADISHU — The Mayor of Mogadishu Mohamed Ahmed Noor spoke out against the nation’s draft constitution, joining a growing opposition on Friday who denounce the document in the capital.
Mr Noor, who is also the Governor of Banadir region, said he was not sure if the constitution was for the Somali people or whether it had personal agenda.
“When we are drafting a document for the public, it is so vital to define how they want to be governed. It should avoid being the works of few individual craftsmen,” he told VOA Somali Services.
The Governor insisted the draft text was hijacked by individual office holders, who claim to be acting on behalf of the nation. He said the draft should be a national exercise that outlines the nation’s will and its aspiration. He added people seeking opportunities robbed the draft paper from the independent panel that drafted the constitution for eight years.
Mr. Noor cited the one issue that has ignited the most anger in Mogadishu: the Capital (seat) of the Federal Government is undetermined under the new text.
“Mogadishu is not the capital under this text, the place that unified the Somali people. Changing the capital would translate to dissolving the Somali nation,” he argued.
He downplayed any intentions to mobilize his followers to prepare any campaign to defeat the constitution but he called on the government to be clear of its motives.
He emphasized that denying Mogadishu as the nation’s capital, the constitution is dissolving the thin symbolic glue that holds Somalia together.
International donors this week said stressed that the new constitution must guarantee the freedom of religion in the east African country while reminding its leaders to end the transition by 20.
A group of elders, 135 in total, are in the process of selecting a National Constituent Assembly who will ratify the new draft constitution in Mogadishu.
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