29 December 2012

Somalia: Mudug Governor Accuses Puntland Opposition of 'Inciting Instability' in Galkayo

Galkayo — A provincial governor in Somalia's Puntland autonomy has sent strong warning to opposition figures in Galkayo whom he accused of 'inciting instability', Garowe Online reports.

Mudug Governor Mohamed Yusuf Jama Tigey, accompanied by Galkayo Mayor Col. Said Abdi Farah, told a press conference in Galkayo on Saturday that "a nti-peace groups" tar get community members due to "illegal weapons" entering the city.

Galkayo Mayor Said sent condolences to the families of Gabobe Aden Dalab a local community elder, whom the mayor said was "killed by people of injustice" on Friday night in Galkayo.

Mudug Governor Tigey said: "Mudug Regional Security Committee has voted to ban meetings that incite insecurity or political instability to be held in Galkayo and any group that violates this policy will be brought to justice."

Continuing, Tigey warned the Puntland public to be "vigilant about political figures who are job-seekers from the Diaspora, who took their children to safety in the West and want to create problems for our children here in Puntland," T igey said, adding: "We do not know what the spoilers want or what they oppose. Opposition does not mean destroy Puntland and we will never accept this."

Puntland constitution

Puntland traditional elders (Issimo) at Puntland Constituent Assembly in Garowe on April 18, 2012

The Mudug governor said that 35 traditional elders ( Issimo) and 480 delegates from across Puntland adopted the Puntland Constitution at a constituent assembly on April 18, 2012, held in the state capital of Garowe and attended by Puntland civil society, TFG leaders and international diplomats. "Since April 18, Puntland has become a full state with a constitution and laws," Governor Tigey added.

Continuing, he said: "Every person in Puntland has the right to vote and to be elected. The opposition should declare political parties and compete in upcoming elections. But if the opposition issues threats against public safety and stability, Puntland government will never tolerate any form of insecurity."

Developments in Galkayo

Speaking about the situation in Galkayo, Governor Tigey said: "Puntland government has invested massively for the last six months to drastically improve security here in Galkayo. We have a motto of 'Mudug Yesterday and Mudug Today'. There are ongoing projects, such as Galkayo-Galdogob road and Galkayo-Gara'ad road, and USAID projects currently underway in Mudug region because of the improving security situation. So-called opposition did not contribute to the peace and development projects here in Mudug region and across Puntland."

Governor Tigey warned about insecurity, saying: "The fact that now a community elder is killed is made easier by illegal weapons in Galkayo. Puntland government forces are capable of securing the state and Puntland government will not tolerate illegal weapons inside our cities and towns."

Continuing, Governor Tigey said: "President Farole came to pow er through an election and will transfer power after an election, like his predecessor President Adde Muse. Speaking to university students last week in Bossaso, President Farole said 'we are preparing Puntland for the youth to lead'. We encourage opposition figures to declare political parties and to compete democratically against the current government."

Puntland Constitution was adopted on April 18, 2012 , by a 480-member Puntlan d Constituent Assembly, nominated by Puntland traditional elders ( Issimo) who also no minated Puntland delegates to the National Constituent Assembly that adopted the Somali Federal Constitution on August 1 , 2012.

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