President de Jubaland insists on dialogue as Somalia polls persist
KISMAYO, Somalia – Jubaland President Ahmed Madobe insisted the country should embrace dialogue ahead of the much-awaited elections, which have sparked sharp divisions in the country, a move that has literally crippled operations within the nation of the Horn of Africa.
Somalia was due to go to the elections from December last year, but disagreements over the names of who is running the exercise angered the opposition, which accused the government of putting agents and officials on the stage. of the NISA, adding that they were keen to rig President Farmajo.
Madobe, who is one of the leaders behind the calls for dialogue, on Wednesday insisted that stakeholders must sit down together and break the deadlock, adding that the time remaining was too short to “continue to to play hide and seek”. He accused the federal government of sabotaging dialogue plans.
The leader of Jubaland has asked the UN envoy to Somalia James Swan to convene a meeting that would be used to resolve the impasse before it is “too late”. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s term will expire in the next 18 days, but the country has yet to hold legislative elections.
Swan, who will travel to Garowe, the state capital of Northeastern State on Thursday, is bringing together all of Somalia’s leaders to have a constructive dialogue to resolve the issue. He insisted, however, that the dialogue should not alter the September pre-election agreement.
Jubaland insisted that elections can only take place if Somali National Army troops are withdrawn from Gedo. The federal government did not implement the deal despite Farmajo agreeing to get the soldiers out.
The appointment of members of the North Western of Somaliaelectoral committee, which President Abdi Hashi says cannot be chosen by the federal government, also derails the implementation of the September pre-election agreement. The government had chosen the team, which drew criticism from a number of stakeholders.
Farmajo faces stiff opposition from former Presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as well as former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire. There are a total of 14 presidential candidates who are ready to challenge his candidacy for re-election.