Somaliland: State Lambasts Malicious Reports
HARGEISA —(Somalilandpress/Berberanews)- The state have lambasted maliciously baseless reports emanating from the local press insinuating that the government had influenced the decision of the law courts as concerns the recent high profile corruption case against top civil servants.
The Hargeisa regional governor, the resettlement ministry’s director general and top VP advisor were amongst a dozen convicts who were sentenced from 1 to 8 years for deviation of food aid worth hundreds of thousands of US dollars.
In a press statement released yesterday by the Minister of Information and National Guidance, who happens to be the official government spokesperson, the state categorically refuted malicious claims and allegations which are baseless that depicted the state to have manipulated the outcome of the case against the convicts.
Hon. Abdi Yusuf Duale aka Bobe said that the President H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud had never indulged in such acts of bulldozing “the judiciary before nor does he now”.
The Minister noted that the judiciary was an independent arm of governance pillars “that was completely separate from the legislature and the executive”.
Hon. Boobe reminded the people that the two sad and sensitive internal political cases within UDUB and UCID parties were arbitrated upon in a manner that endeared the public trust to the judiciary.
“The courts ruled upon the cases to the satisfaction of the people”, he said, and added, “therefore there is no such ways whereby it could either directly or indirectly manipulate hence coerce rulings in simple criminal procedural cases”.
The Minister said, “we would also be quite clear and vivid herein hence categorically state that there was no any time whatsoever that any one asked pardon from the President nor did the President give any oral or formal directive to pardon any of the convicts”.
He continued in the press statement, “the President and the government would at all times respect hence be bounded by decisions of the judiciary’.
He further advised the members of the legislature and members of Kulmiye Party’s central committee to use appropriate means of airing their reservations rather than using the public media, in other words, use better moral conduits to thrash out differences.
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