The backlash that followed the President’s signing of the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill into law has claimed its first major political casualty, the Chairman of the Ruling party’s Central Committee Mr Jama Ismail Egeh (Shabeel).

Mr Shabeel with other national parties voicing opposition to the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill

Mr. Shabeel has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill which he characterized as a foreign concept that did not originate in Somaliland but rather imported from other cultures. He specifically spoke on some wording that he attributed to endorsing homosexuality.

Somaliland Chronicle has not reviewed the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill and is not in a position to substantiate Mr Shabeel’s claims about the Bill.

The opposition to the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill has dominated the news cycle in Somaliland and forced the government of President Muse Bihi Abdi to back peddle promising to give the contents of the legislation a more through review.

Somaliland Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs promises review of 
Rape and Sexual Offences Bill

Though technically the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill is now is the law of the land, the government acknowledged gaps in how it was developed, corrections and comments from religious scholars and legislators were omitted before it landed on the President’s desk for signature, and promised to review all aspects of it according to the Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs.

The bill has passed the senate and parliament back in April 2018 and was signed into law (Law No. 80/2018) by President of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi on August 28 2018.

Somaliland Senate vote for the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill
Kulmiye Secretary General Mr Hassan Saeed

The Ruling Party’s dismissal letter of Mr Shabeel has not directly addressed his opposition of the Rape and Sexual Offences Bill but cited other unspecified instances of being in direct conflict with the party and the government’s policies. Mr Shabeel has been trading verbal jabs with other Kulmiye officials via multiple media appearances.

It is not a secret that Somaliland legislators have not created many bills in recent memory and most legislation that it votes on have been wholly created and drafted by INGO and UN agencies, however, this is the first bill that created a major political headache for the new President.

Director General of the Presidency Mr Mohamed Ali Bile with President Muse Bihi Abdi

So far, no government official has been held responsible, including the Ministers of Endowment and Religious Affairs and Constitutional Affairs, the President’s own gatekeepers Mr Mohamed Ali Bile and Mubarak Taani for how this bill ended up on the President’s desk and got signed into law without proper vetting and ensuring all amendments, comments and corrections are incorporated.  

President’s Secretary Mr. Mubarak Taani

High ranking members in Kulmiye who spoke on condition of anonymity stated that the Party’s Chairman is still the President of Somaliland and without his approval Mr Shabeel wouldn’t have been dismissed. We are unable to confirm if the President is still involved in the party’s day to day activities or if he was made aware of the Party cutting ties with Mr Shabeel.

Mr Shabeel disputes the manner of his dismissal and has threatened legal and other unspecified actions.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Rapists and those who support and protect rapists should be expelled from Somaliland society. Kudos to Kulmiye for ousting Jama. I hope people of Somaliland do the same with all those who receive money from Wahhabists to destabilize the country and promote extremism. Somaliland is not Saudi Arabia and will never be! Somaliland is not Iran and will never be! Those who oppose a law against raping should be put in prison.

  2. Disgusting wahabi protector of rapists. What his wifes and daughters think about him? Is he going to protect like this rapists of his daughter tomorrow if she is raped? Islam NEVER protected rapists! Bravo president Muse Bihi for kicking this bad person out. He and his wahabi friends are shame for Somaliland. Go to Saudi Arabia who pay you money! Kick out of Somaliland all wahabis! They are evil people who poison minds of our children.

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