Somali MP announces resignation as he accuses government of “lack of progress”
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In the midst of a wave of unsatisfied Somali MPs, Mohamed Abdullahi Hersi announced his resignation as a member of the Somali parliament.
When asked by the BBC as to why he resigned he said: “When I joined the parliament while the government was still in it’s transitional stages I hoped and expected to see changes, however until now I have yet to see any changes, nothing has changed.”
Mr. Hersi who now resides in Beled-hawo in the Gedo region told his clan elders that he had resigned from his post as member of parliament, and that they now had to choose another member of the clan who would represent them in the parliament where the democratic slogans are often tossed out the window in favor of clan and tribal benefits.
Mr. Hersi is not the only one to accuse the Somali government of lack of progress, his sentiments have been echoed by several MPs in the past months and frustration due to the ineffectiveness of the government seems to be a rising trend amongst MPs.
The frustration stems a lot from the appointment of unqualified cabinet members into key minister positions, not because they are qualified, but due to their closeness and relationships with high ranking members of the government.
Over the years several members of parliament announced their resignation citing similar reasons if not the same, some resigned on grounds of corruption in the government, others due to the incapability of the government while others resigned out of fear for their own safety and lack of security.