Representatives from affillitate unions have attended the 2nd Congress for the Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SOCOTU) held in Mogadishu on26th and 27th April, 2016.
Members of other civil society organizations were also present. Present was also the director of the Ministry of Works of the Somali Federal Government, Hon. Mohamed Adde Muqtar together with the director of the Department of Works Abrizak Ma’alim Elmi.
The Parliamentry Commission for the Public Affairs led by its secretary MP, Abdullahi Omar Abshirow was not left behind same as the secretary of Parliamenty Commisssion for Judicial Affairs, MP Mohamed Amin as well as the secretary of Parliamentry Commisssion for Finance, MP. Osman Haji Ali and the secretary of Parliamentry Commisssion for Constitution Review, member of parliament Hon. Ibrahim Deyfulah not to forget MP, Ahmed Omar Islow who was also present at the venue of the Congress.
Right after the opening speech, the election of the for the Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SOCOTU) has been ambarked. The chair of the electoral commission, Mr. Hassan Jim’aale summoned the candidates for the posts of chairpersonship and position of secretary and other bord of the directors
The chair of the electoral commission announced that Mr. Mohamed Osman Haji Ali who is the incubent SOCOTU chairperson and Abukar Salad Hassan were the candidates for the chairpersonship, while two other cadidates namely Ahmed Hassan Omar and Aweys Abdirahman Abdullahi were contesting for the post of SOCOTU secretary.
The chair of the electoral commission also announced that the envoys that were about to vote were 119 in number. There was a ballot box availed. He added that the voting for the other executive SOCOTU members would be by raise of hand.
After the voting was concluded, the counting of the votes was done. Consequently, The chair of the electoral commission announced the results. For the chairpersonship, Mohamed Osman Haji Ali won after garnering 98 votes beating his contender, Mr. Abukar Salad Hassan who has only gotten a total number of votes of 18. Three ballot papers got spoilt.
Ahmed Hassan Omar was voted in for the post of the secretary by show of hands in a land slide victory which was unoppsed after getting endorsement from his opponent, Mr. Aweys who withdrew from the race!
The reelected chair of SOCOTU, Mr. Mohamed Osman who briefly took to the podium sensitized the somali workers to upheld solidarity amongest themselves adding that the Somali workers need to enhance productivity in the different lines so as to overcome the dependence on foreign products.
He also appealed to the Federal Government of Somalia to protect the rights of the Somali workers.
The new secretary elect for SOCOTU, Mr. Ahmed Hassan Omar who seconded him reitrated that he was very happy and excited about the post he was elected to and pledged that he will develop the workers of Somalia. He asserted that he would fight the people abroad who falsely claim to be representing the Somali workers. He pointed out that the Somali workers can bear positive results from their vision.
Hon. Osman Elmi Guuleed, the Chief Justice of the nation who delivered a speech there said the Somali workers are independent from the government and are self-determining workers.
On the other hand, the secretary of the of Parliamenty Commisssion for Judicial Affairs, MP Mohamed Amin congratulated the reelected SOCOTU chairperson and the new secretary of the same adding that it is worthwhile to enshrine the workers’ laws into the current Somali draft constitution citing that the workers’ laws in it at presence are not adequate.
Finally, the secretary of the of Parliamenty Commisssion for Public Affairs MP, Abdullahi Omar Abshirow spoke and pointed it out that they have seen free and fair election there. He also called for the youths in the country to participate in the political leadership in the country concluding that his commission will work closely with the Somali Congress of Trade Unions.