SOMALIA: Interior Minister protests against the new agreement on South West State


Somalia’s Minister of Interior and Federal Affairs Abdullahi Godah Barre has protested the new agreement between the two rival groups of the South West State Somalia which was signed in Villa Somalia on Monday, RBC Radio reports.

Speaking to the BBC Somali Service on the phone from Djibouti, Mr Barre described the 11 points agreement as illegal saying that his ministry does not involve the preparation of the agreement.

“My ministry does not aware any of the agreement. I can really say it is unfortunate that some people are intervening the work of my ministry,” the minister added.

Minister Godah reiterated that he was very concerned that some of the members of the government are rushing to form a regional states while most of the regions are still under the control of Al Shabab militants.

“We prefer to put our efforts on liberating the regions currently under the control of the militants then to work for setting the procedures and laws that govern and elect the Federal Member States,” he noted.

“I see this agreement as against the Constitution and the laws of the Interior Ministry, It was better if these people allow us to perform our responsibilities,” Minister Godah added.

His comments came a day after the Federal Government announced its recognition of the three-region South West State during an event at the country’s Presidency Villa Somalia. The announcement came as representatives from two rival groups who contested for the South West Administration signed an agreement that allows the formation of three-region state.