Somaliland Journalist Association Chair Mr. Hassan Mohamed Yusuf responding to claims that he was oustered as the Head of the journalist body by an opposing faction said , “ As my time at the helm of the organization has come to end , I have transferred all my duties to the preparatory committee tasked with organizing SOLJA fifth General meeting and I would like to inform those claiming to have ousted me as the Chairman that have no such mandate.
“They can’t dismiss me because I have already transferred all my duties to the preparatory committee tasked with organizing SOLJA fifth General meeting as per regulation because my tenure in office had come to an end, “ he said.
He added, “I would also like to clarify that once I select the preparatory committee , I am supposed to present it to the executive committee for endorsement or for them to reject that when I will be obliged to come up with another list of delegates but before all this happened they hastily and unlawfully came up with their own committee which is against all rules and regulations”.
Press Release by outgoing SOLJA Chairman
Subject: SOLJA General Assembly Preparation
I would like to inform you that Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) General Assembly
preparation has been officially designated to the preparatory Committee appointed under the guidance and the authority of the chairman with consultation of the Executive members of SOLJA.
On the other hand, the SOLJA General Assembly will be held on Aug- 21-22- 2014.
With due respect, I would also like to explain that constitutional misconduct had been made by my outgoing Secretary General Mr. Mohamed-Rashid Muhumed Farah who circulated emails across the local and international media in order to create a confusion within the journalists where he also made some baseless accusations about SONSAF which respectively accepted our membership last year.
I would like to apologize to SONSAF which has made tremendous efforts in supporting how the media sector will have acceptable regulatory framework and set of capacities required; see attached the SONSAF position paper dated 05/06/2014.
Moreover, I’m writing to clarify to you that SOLJA Executive members’ term has expired on 31 July 2014. In this regard, on behalf of the outgoing Executive members of SOLJA, we handed over the responsibility of the General Assembly to the Preparatory Committee; see the attached appointment letter.
Therefore, I would be highly recommending that all channels of communications both local and
international must be addressed to the chairman of the Preparatory Committee Mr Mohamoud Abdi Jama(Xuuto) with following contact Telephone 002522-4194200. Waaheen001@hotmail.com.
Thus, on behalf of the outgoing SOLJA Executive Committee, I would like inform you again that your participation, observation and assistances of the General Assembly would be highly welcomed and worthwhile.
Hassan Mohamed Yusuf
Outgoing Chairman of SOLJA