A plane carrying former presidents of Galmudug and South West states, Abdikarim Hussein Guled and Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, has arrived in the southern port city of Kismayo.
The former regional state leaders were accompanied by about 30 members of the Federal Parliament and were welcomed at the Kismayo airport by the Jubbaland vice-president.
The delegation’s plane is the first plane that has directly flown from Nairobi to Kismayo since the Federal Government of Somalia directed all international and local flights heading to Kismayo to pass through Mogadishu for inspection.
According to reports, the plane, which was bought by the Jubbaland administration to specifically pick up the delegates attending the inauguration of President Ahmed Madobe, following the federal government’s order to civilian airlines not to transport politicians to Kismayo.
The Jubbaland regional administration has vowed to hold the inauguration of Madobe despite intense pressure from the federal government.
The inauguration, which had been postponed previously due to pressure from the Federal Government of Somalia, is expected to happen in the coming days and various delegations will be arriving in Kismayo to attend the event.