Opposition leader warns of plot to create clan rifts over South West MPs list

Wadajir Party Leader Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame has welcomed the list of the new South West MPs who were recently selected to serve in the state’s second Parliament.

Mr Warsame however urged the state to make true its pledge to investigate the deadly events that marred the December 2018 state presidential elections during which a dozen people were killed after protests erupted over the arrest of former Al-Shabaab deputy leader, Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, who was a candidate in the elections.

“I welcome the MPs selected for the South West State Parliament who are 95 in total which conforms to the requirement the South West State Constitution. I understand that the majority of the new MPs are educated youths,”Warsame said in a post on his Facebook page.

“I also call on South West State to resolve the problems created by the actions of the federal government during the last elections and fulfil the pledge they made to the South West State people,”warsame added.

The prominent Somali opposition leader also warned of what he called a political trap to create a rift between the Hawiye and Digil & Mirifle clans.

“I am warning against the political trap that is being set to create a rift between the Hawiye and Digil & Mirifle clans, and in this regard, I call for an end to the political tension that is being created between the two clans,”Warsame warned.

Warsame’s call comes just a day after several ministers from the Somali Federal Government, Members of Parliament and Senators from the Hawiye clan held a meeting in the capital, Mogadishu, during which they rejected the list of the new MPs of the South West State Parliament.

The officials complained that they were allocated only nine of the 95-seat parliament contrary to the 20 seats they held in the previous parliament.

They formed a 13-member committee headed by Minister of Security Mohamed Abukar Islow to look into the issue and discuss it with South West state president Abdiaziz Hassan Mohamed Laftagareen.

Somali Affairs has learnt that the delegation has since arrived in Baidoa and held talks with President Laftagareen on the issue.