Constitutional Affairs minister, Abdi Hosh Jibril challenged remarks made by the security minister Mohamed Abukar Islow who banned private meetings in the capital without the permission of the security agencies and the Banadir regional administration. 

On a Facebook post, Minister Hosh said it is wrong to ban people from holding private meetings without the permission from the government as per the constitution. Jibril said the constitution permits ‘unfettered freedom of association and freedom of assembly’ for citizens, quoting articles 16 and 20 of the constitution.

The minister, a legal expert, has several times in the past challenged some of his colleagues in the Cabinet over issues related to the constitution and the law. Security agencies in the past few days issued a number of directives banning political gatherings against the government.

The security minister made the remarks at a press conference in Mogadishu on Monday following the arrest of the Wadajir party leader Abdirahman Abdishakur.