Somaliland:Presidential Affairs Minister Refutes MP Assault Allegations
By Goth Mohamed Goth
Minister in charge of Presidential Affairs Hon. Hersi Haji Ali Hassan appeared today before the parliamentary standing committee in order to inform on the recent incident in which Hon. Hassan Awale Aynaan ,MP incurred serious injuries after being assaulted by head Presidential guard.
The Presidential Affairs Minister during the briefing to parliamentary standing committee confirmed the incident taking place in which a minor tussle involving the legislator and head of the elite Presidential guard detail although he dismissed allegation of serious body injuries being inflicted on the said MP.
Hon Hersi Haji Ali Hassan added that the incident was blown out proposition because after initiating through investigation into the matter it emerged that he was just pushed and that at no time was the Member of Parliament jostle to the ground as some reports alleged, that being said doesn’t mean we encourage such behavior on the part security personnel in fact we are against the manhandling government officials.
The Presidential Affairs Minister added, “To reaffirm my statement here today, I would like to reveal we have in our possession videotaped evidence showing how the whole incident transpired at the time and can be produced whenever you request it and I would also strongly caution all serving members of the forces against indulging in such actions because legislators are the representatives of the citizens of this nation and they should be treated with the utmost respect at all times.