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Let’s Establish Legal Parameters to Rein Errant Traditional Leaders’

-Urge Legislators

Hargeisa (T he Horn)- As MP Mahmud Ahmed Obsiye and MP Abdikarim Aw Ali Shabeel also Urge  banning civilians from  possession of automatic weapons HORN – Thanks to the grace of Allah Somaliland has managed to secure and  sustain peaceful co-existence among its diverse communities.

But according to MP Mahmud Ahmed Obsiye and MP  Abdikarim Aw Ali Shabeel  of the Somaliland House of Representatives this achievement is being  threatened by foul mouthed traditional leaders and the large number of  automatic weapons under civilian hands.

Speaking to Geeska Afrika The two Legislators said time for action was  now in lieu of reversing all that Somaliland has stood for in the 26  Years since reclamation of self rule from Somalia.

“In the recent past the country has been awash with clan animosity  sentiments being expressed by traditional leaders be they sultans,  chiefs or elders” said MP Abdikarim Aw Ali Shabeel adding that it was  very ironic since these cadre of people are the ones expected to  safeguard peace within local communities.

Reiterating the imperatives of ensuring that traditional leaders do not  posses carte Blanche authority to raise clan tensions in the country, MP  Shabeel who is chairman of the parliamentary defense and security  committee revealed plans for a law governing how to legally deal with  such instances that are now absent.

Said he, It is incumbent upon President Musa Behi Abdi to submit shall a  bill to the house for debate and approval by Legislators.

On the other hand the large number of citizens losing life from clan  conflict is running very high not to mention the attendant cost of  treating injured and recouping destroyed property.

This wa stated by  MP Mahmud Ahmed Obsiye who urged for immediate   measures to not only establish perpetual end to inter clan strife but  arrest the large number of subsequent deaths.

Referring to the skirmishes between two clans in Sanaag region the legislator said that the recurring nature these clashes necessitate  deeper thought.

“While clan conflicts over water, grazing fields etc are part of our  lives the possession of automatic weapons by civilians is  making  reconciliation difficult due to the large number of resultant deaths and

injuries”said MP Obsiye as he stressed on the imperatives of the  government taking urgent action.

Stating that it is only the government that should possession automatic  weapons the legislator who is deputy chairperson of the house finance  committee said that implementation of the 1995 and 2010 laws governing

gun ownership is imperative.

Said he, let’s review the law with intend of completely banning civilian  ownership of automatic weapons while giving confiscation muscle  to the  government


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