Somalia Dismisses Reports About Plot To Attack Former…
The federal government of Somalia has dismissed allegations that its forces were plotting to attack the former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed at his residence in the capital Mogadishu, highlighting a growing rift between the federal government and opposition leaders.
According to reports, the former president who is a fierce critic of the current government of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was holding talks with traditional elders at his home when a military standoff occurred near his residence area.
In a statement released by the minister of internal security, Mohamed Abukar Islow Duale, on Tuesday denied what he termed as ‘baseless allegations’by the opposition leaders
“The Ministry of Internal Security of the Federal Government of Somalia wishes to describe as baseless accusations that were contained in a statement alleging that some of the security agencies were organising an attack against former President His Excellency Sharif Sheikh Ahmed,” read the statement in part.
“The ministry wishes to make it clear that soldiers from the Presidential Guards are the ones who are responsible for the the security of the incumbent president and that of all the former presidents which makes the rumours being circulated unrealistic,” the statement added.
It is “fully aware of its responsibility to protect the rights of every individual to liberty and security.” Added the statement
The statement further acknowledged former Presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud efforts for taking the country through a difficult period, adding that their security was a national duty.
The statement finally accused some individuals it did not name of attempting to gain political mileage by spreading baseless and fabricated reports in order to divert the public from reality.
Somalia, located in the Horn of Africa and bordered by Ethiopia to the west, the Gulf of Aden to the north had witnessed multiple terror attacks over the past two decades.
Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.