May 15, 2012 ·44 Comments
MOGADISHU — Somali Tribal chiefs, religious leaders and intellectuals meeting in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu accused the TFG government of excluding them from law making bodies and power sharing.
The mainly northern Dir and Harti clan leaders say they will walk out on the meeting which brought together Somali figures to deliberate on the proposed constitution.
The northern leaders accused the government of marginalization, corruption and alienating them. They claim the proposed number of seats promised to them prier to the meeting was never delivered and this more than halved their representatives.
They accused the weak transitional government of Sheikh Sharif of favoring southern clans such as his own Hawiye and leaving the rest in the cold.
They said the government’s stance will undermine the reconciliation efforts and will help refuel conflict in the volatile nation.
Idiris Hadi Qalinle, one of the prominent figures, said unless the government stops its aggression against the northern clans the meeting will prove fruitless. He added the TFG government created a hostile and uncomfortable environment to operate for them and might all together pull out from the meeting.
Mohamed Sheikh Ibrahim also accused the government of great injustice saying Mogadishu was not keen to include them in decision making process or deliver on the promised representations. He said after two decades it seemed same injustice and greed are still practiced in Mogadishu. He warned unless system is changed they will not allow their names to be used just to get funds from the United Nation and donor nations.
Whatever the case, the elders are expected to leave Mogadishu in the coming days because of the hidden hostility and alienation taking in the war-torn city.
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By Hassan Ali