AU Deputy Special Representative warns spoilers against intimidating members of the Technical Selection Committee

The African Union

The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Wafula Wamunyinyi is concerned about the behaviour of some disgruntled individuals who are trying to intimidate members of the Technical Selection Committee (TSC). Wamunyinyi says the individuals send death threats through anonymous text messages and phone calls. Wamunyinyi also regrets reports that some political leaders are involved in interfering with the work of TSC members.

The Technical Selection Committee (TSC) is charged with overseeing the selection of members of the new parliament.  It is headed by  Abdullahi Ismaan Hireey. He reaffirms the AU’s commitment to supporting the people of Somalia in the implementation of activities towards the end of the transition. He warns that AMISOM along with other members of the international community will not allow spoilers to derail the process. “No amount of intimidation will stop the process of ending the transition from moving forward and the criteria for selecting delegates will have to be followed,” he says.

He notes that this is the longest period of peace that Somalia has enjoyed since the fall of a central government in 1991. He adds that AMISOM will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace process since there have been sacrifices “to get to where we are.”

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