Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble appoints a 7 member committee to look into and evaluate the situation in Garbaharey town, Gedo region
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has appointed a 7-member committee to assess and evaluate the situation on the ground in Garbaharey town, the capital of Gedo region which also serves as the second voting centre for Jubbaland State amid stalemate over the process of picking and holding the 16 parliamentary seats in the town. The committee is tasked to report and submit their findings to the Prime Minister in 7 days over the situation on the ground. On Monday irate members of the Public took to the streets to protest against alleged meddling and interference in the parliamentary elections by the Kenya government whom they accused of stoking insecurity in the region. The erated demonstrators carrying placards and chanting slogans against Kenya authorities told the media that the Kenya government has been instigating semblance of insecurity in the town so that Lower House elections scheduled to be held in the town are delayed or never held in the town. The protestors who set ablaze tires in the middle of the road urged the Somali Federal government to intervene and resolve the debacle so that Lower House elections can take place in the town and grant them the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights of electing their representatives in the forthcoming 11th August House of People. Jubbaland is the only State which has not yet announced the election schedule of its second voting constituency in Garbaharey that has been at the centre of controversy between Somali central government and the regional State President Ahmed Mohamed Islam Ahmed Madobe. The administration said in a statement fortnight ago that it can not hold parliamentary elections in Gedo region due to the heavy presence of National Intelligence officers and since the region is out of its control.