The prime minister of Somalia's interim federal government on Tuesday accused parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adam of being behind protracted political bickering in the government.
Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed, the premier of Somalia, made the comments at a news conference held in the presidential palace, Villa Somalia.
“He (the speaker) is not sincere on the general interest of the country because he running after his personal ends. We are at state of war against naughty militants, who are committed destroying our beloved nation, and that made impossible elections to be hold at this time,” Mohammed told journalists.
“My government has several occasions attempted to have direct discussions with the speaker to end the internal rift, but all ended in vain,” he added.
With the continuation of the wrangle in Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs), the government has decided to postpone the country’s consultative conference at the end of this month.
The statement of the premier comes as the United Nations special representative to Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga, and the Ugandan leader Yuweri Museveni are trying to mediate the conflict between the president and the speaker in Kampala after the conclusion of the meeting of the International Contact Group on Somalia late last week.
Two groups do not want Farmaajo to be serving as the PM of the TFG: Ethiopia and UN. They are speaking to the TFG Executive thru Shariif Hassan
prospect of resignation being brought up although Farmaajo has refused to resign. Sheikh Sharif knows he stands no chance of reelection if an election happens so he is desperate and Sharif Hassan cornered him by saying he will accept a year-extension if Farmaajo leaves and he is given 9 out of the 18 ministers. Sheikh Sharif forked himself over by even bringing up the proposal to Farmaajo and Farmaajo categorically rejected. It was expected he would reject it, not only that he resigns, but also that Sharif Hassan will have even a single post in the cabinet. Just two hours before he flew to Uganda, he made this speech to the parliament. The man went there ready to fight:
"How could he request negotiations? We don't have political parliamentary parties. All of the TFI's today are basically a single party. He is the Speaker of the Parliament, not majority leader of a party that can negotiate with a minority government. Does he understand basic politics?"
"Now he says he wants some of the ministers. His place in the cabinet. For what? In what manner can this be established legitimately? What is the purpose and the end goal? How does this support the resurgence of a Somali state? But more than that, how can this take place politically and in what path would this even come about in a normal functioning political framework? The whole thing is a joke
"The speaker is not an honest person and nor does he care about the general good. We brought about the proposals concerning the extension when the parliament spoke about theirs. Instead of doing his job and taking the issue with the parliament, he requested to meet with me. I refused to meet him. I told him deliberations are not between persons and your only job is to open parliament, not negotiate proposals. You are not a leader of a political party that can negotiate on behalf of that party with the ruling party. No parties exist. You have a job description, understand your job."