Somalia MPs want Security Minister, Intelligence chief to resign

Published: February 29, 2016

Somalia MP Abdi Barre
MP Abdi Barre Jibril

Members of the Somali Federal Parliament have called for the country’s top security leaders to quit after recent deadly al-Shabaab attacks in the Southern part of the country.
Over 50 people died in the space of two days in the capital, Mogadishu and Baido city after suicide bombers attacked popular gatherings.
MP Abdi Barre Jibril has criticized Somalia’s Minister of Internal Security Abdirizak Omar Mohamed and Head of National Intelligence Agency Abdirahman Turyare for failing to protect the nation from terror attacks.
”Both of them should now resign because the security situation is really worsening. The number of attacks are increasing and we are not seeing any kind of imminent changes or strategy to counter such threats.”
Somalis have grown increasingly critical of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud for failing to do more to defend the nation from the incessant militant attacks, which have killed more civilians.
Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for much of the bloodshed and vowed to increase attacks.
For the second time in less than two weeks, both top officials failed to appear in front of the Parliament as they were to face questions concerning the growing insecurity in the capital.
MP Khadija Mohamed Dirie accused the country’s Security minister and Intelligence chief of both lacking the capacity to handle the insecurity challenges.
”They have totally lost our confidence and they lack effective measures the current challenges they are facing which is a big shame to the whole government.”
Last month, Somalis from all walks of life also called for the resignation of the country’s Internal Security minister Abdirizak Omar Mohamed following the deadly brutal assault that claimed the lives of at least 25 people in Mogadishu’s popular beach of Liido.
According to security experts, the growing strength of insurgents in Mogadishu is due to the slow response of the Somali government and lack of professional military with counter-terrorism units, robust intelligence-gathering and sharing initiatives.
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