A temporary committee appointed by the Senate last week to mediate on the ongoing political stalemate in the country today called on the government to withdraw newly deployed security unit in the Lower House to pave way for debate on the motion against speaker Mohamed Jawari.
In its initial brief to the whole Senate today, the ad hoc committee chaired by Speaker Abdullahi Hashi made a raft of recommendations but notably said it impressed upon President Mohamed Farmaajo and PM Hassan Khaire to remove the security forces and return the former team.
“The committee resolved the security team in the Lower House be withdrawn and the former one returned before the House resumes business,” committee report read in part.
Lower House Speaker has maintained the forces were illegally deployed to frustrate the functioning of the House but the government said the deployment was procedural. A new security team took charge at the Lower House buildings last week when the motion against the Speaker surfaced.
The committee welcomes the approval of the motion by the Speaker of the Lower House March 18, the committee adde, noting the motion should proceed in line with the provisions of article 65 (4) of the Provisional Constitution and article 9 (4) of the Standing Orders of the Lower House.
The seven member committee also urged parties on both sides of the motion to avoid public exchanges to tone down the political rhetoric in the country and further proposed it takes observer status when the Lower House will be debating the motion.
Proponents of the motion have until Sunday to table it before the House in line with the ten days deadline Speaker Jawari issued last week.
The preliminary report also urges the Lower House Business Committee to expedite the process of tabling the motion.