Mogadishu, October 18, 2018: The Somali Media Association (SOMA) unifying more than 36 media stations operational in South and Central Somalia, registered with the Ministry of Information, and working in Mogadishu and in all over the five Somali regional states administrations is deeply concerned with how the bidding competition for the Somali constitutional review process media campaign is being administered and managed.
We are regretting the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs has offered the bidding competition for the Somali Constitutional Review Process Media Campaign on unfairly manner, which is
Incompatible with the model of bidding for the government projects where it has mentioned the media could compete for the bidding in an independently and transparency manner. This will hugely damage the reputation and transparency of the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs.
We are very concerned that high ranking government officials are involved in the unfair selection process of the media competing for the Somali constitutional review process media campaign.
We are worried and warning that the high ranking government officials are intending to consider a production company which is owned by high profile individual at Villa Somalia , and this amounts to conflict of interest.
With all the due respect for the Ministry of the Constitutional Affairs, we are suggesting the Parliament, the office of Prime Minister and the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) to inspect how the bidding process for the government programs are managed and the transparency of the managing authorities such as the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and the bidding for the Somali Constitutional Review Process and Media Campaign.