Senior government official pictured with Al-Shabaab convict


Senior government official pictured with Al-Shabaab convict

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The credibility of the Somali federal government could be called into question again after a senior government official was sighted with an al-Shabaab convict, who has been in NISA custody since 2014.

Ali Yare, who is the vice-governor of the Banadir region and a close aide to outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was pictured with Hassan Dahir Aweys, a former al-Shabaab leader who is currently under house arrest in Mogadishu.

The deputy governor is also in charge of security in the administration headed by Mayor Omar Filish, which has now raised questions about the government’s commitment to the fight against Al-Shabaab militants, who still control large rural areas of central and southern Somalia.

Interestingly, Hassan Dahir Aweys has never denounced Al Shabaab and occasionally supports Islamist groups. Contrary to the military statement, the agent is still seen on social media, further demonstrating possible protection by Somalia’s federal government.

The close relations of the senior government official with Hassan Dahir contradict the Somali government’s approach to the fight against terrorism. FGS has often insisted on its commitment to the fight against the militants, who continue to wreak havoc in the country.

At one point, there were allegations that the Somali federal government was harboring Al-Shabaab militants, some even placed in strategic positions within the government, particularly within the National Intelligence Security Agency. [NISA].

The al-Qaeda-linked group has been identified as one of the country’s security risks, with the United States and other allies vowing to crush them. The militants lost ground in their traditional strongholds as a result of a concerted effort by Allied forces.

GAROWE ONLINE


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