November 14, 2019
Puntland House of Representatives is in session today to pick up a New Speaker, following the impeachment and pushing out of SpeakerAbdihakim Dhoobo-Daareed in an acrimonious fashion and confrontation with the Executive.
Whoever the New Speaker turns out to be, people of Puntland expects accountability in government, not just replacement of one corrupt official by equally another. The New Speaker shouldn’t be pro-executive or anti-executive. He or she should protect and preserve the Constitution of the State. He or she should provide leadership to insure that checks and balance in government are in place and strictly adhere to the rule of law.
One of the first functions of a parliament is approval of Government Annual Budget and insuring its right appropriation. That is the first test of a competent House Speaker. Watch out how would-be the New Puntland House Speaker handles him/herself soon.