“We will storm the presidential palace and capture him alive” – Pro-Opposition Forces (Keyd Media, 27.12.2021)
Just as things where moving slowly in concerns to the postponed elections in Somalia. The “interim” and “transitional” President Farmaajo have today suspended Prime Minister Roble. They have squabbled earlier in the year, but today Farmaajo upped up the ante. While it is reported that the “interim” President ordered security forces to the house of Roble and wanted to take him away from his office.
Therefore, the tensions has gotten worse. Earlier in the day, there was reports of troop movement in Mogadishu. There is now reports that the pro-opposition forces of Mogadishu will encircle and take Farmaajo now. They want to prevent the “interim” President from holding a press conference today.
As Prime Minister Roble came out with his concern and there been change in leadership within the cabinet. The PM has appointed Abdukadir Mohamed Nur as the new Defence Minister. There is reports of beefed up security at the Presidential Palace and such. That is clear and evident, as the tensions are now running high.
Some reports are saying that the Villa Somalia is sealed off now. The pro-opposition forces are reported to block roads leading to Villa Somalia and the Presidential Palace. However, it is hard to know. As there haven’t been new reports the last few hours.
Nevertheless, this is spiralling out quick and we can wonder where this will go. The Somali National Security Forces (SNSF) have threatened to arrest the “interim” President at a Press Conference today. Therefore, we know that the bloodless coup d’etat that Farmaajo tried himself to pull off earlier today has backfired.
The latest news are that the pro-opposition forces has taken over the Dabka junction and the nearby neighbourhoods. This is a clear indication of where things are going. These moves aren’t making things better, but becoming a stalemate of which we don’t know. As both parties are armed and assessing their strengths. We can wonder when the “interim” President uses “Gorgor” to attack his enemies, as they have been donated to keep him in power. As the specialized unit of 5000 soldiers who listens to Farmaajo’s command. That should be worrying and we can possibly see new skirmished in Mogadishu. Just like we saw in April 2021.
This here is worrying and tragic, as the men in office and in power uses military means to their own benefit. To settle their private grievances and all for personal gains. What we seeing now isn’t a sign of strength, but also what sort of state Farmaajo is leaving behind. After all these years in power … Farmaajo should have left things more stable and secure. However, it is more fragile and even more insecure. That’s the legacy he leaves behind, as his willing to risk anything to be “re-elected” again.
That’s why we are seeing in December 2021, the same we saw in April 2021. This is tragic, but also the state of affairs. When political changes are occurring, the weapons have to be used and the use of military means is on the table. Instead of having talks and proper dialogue. The “interim” President rather use guns and ammunition. Therefore, not strange that the pro-opposition are answering with same means. However, that also makes the situation more dire and causes concern for what is to come.
Farmaajo is clearly playing a dangerous game and you can wonder how many times he can pull this one off. Before he used Kheire to do it for him. Now he thought he could get rid of a second PM. That’s the sort of fella he is and the world can see it. Peace.
Today’s report that “interim” or “transitional” President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have sacked or “suspended” his Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who he appointed only this last year’s September 2020. This he has done on his 322 day without a mandate and not being the elected President since 8th March 2020. That says a lot from a man who has worked against the 17th September 2020 agreement on the elections.
The man that the “interim” President appointed to run the elections and secure it to be free and fair. Has now been suspended and fired, because of corruption allegations and possible land-grabbing. As Villa Somalia is trying whatever ways possible to rig the elections and secure a second term. Since the bid of prolonging his presidency without an election was thwarted after a week during last year.
We know that Farmaajo also ordered soldiers and security officers to the offices of the Prime Minister today. With the sole intention of overthrowing the current government. Just in favour of his will and his whims. That is the clear intentions of what has transpired today.
It is a reason why he has accepted to rule and be in office without an election for this long. That he has stayed and been able to get away with it for 322 days. Farmaajo hopes that he can do this yet again and not have any issues.
Farmaajo have ordered the “Gorgor” and Somali National Army when he is in need. Because of the actions taken today. The PM has counter-ordered what the “interim” President did and said the security organizations should take orders from him. While Farmaajo is standing down as another candidate in the up-coming presidential race, which has been postponed and not been able to hold the polls. Therefore, Roble has taken power and also issued a statement where he says the cabinet is still active and follows procedures under his lead.
We have clearly seen how far Farmaajo is willing to go and never stopping in his tracks. Now we have to see how this moves, as there is talks of escalations of the opposition forces in Mogadishu. Which are now retaliating and planning to block-off the roads to Farmaajo’s house. If that is happening, as well as more army deployment around Villa Somalia. The tensions will be rising and that’s because what Farmaajo decided to do. Peace.
The first term of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo ended on the 8th February 2021. So now after being the “interim” or “transitional” President for 321 days without a mandate. In Somalia there is even more leaders calling out the rigging of the election in favour of Farmaajo.
Prime Minister Roble is following up his mandate to hold the elections. Which has been postponed and has many false starts. The Electoral Commission have had issues. The various of states has said the elections was sincere. There been hand-picked candidates by Farmaajo and he has swayed the state to field them. In such a way, that the Lower House and the Senate will be filled with his cronies. That seems to be the plan. So, that they can vote for him and get him re-elected.
Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT) isn’t only questioned, but the “interim” President is as well. As he uses everyone against each other and the PM is swimming in trouble. It is just like his making things harder and scandals to ensure safe passage. Using insecurity in states to pin his folks and ensure he gets his people elected. That is how it looks like and the elders are used as pawns for his personal gains.
We know that the Council of Presidential Candidates (CPC) or National Salvation Front (NSF) isn’t able to secure anything and only holding meetings with a weak PM. A PM who soon has to answer for his own corruption scandal. As the state is also blocking a terminal at the international airport for the United Nations Mission in Somalia. Therefore, we know the plans are all ushered in and Villa Somalia has ticked off all pieces in it’s favours.
Farmaajo has used months. I would have expected he had used the famine and the drought to his favour. Alas, he didn’t do that. Instead, he has used time to promote and elevate the “Gorgor” while making his “private” armies greater. That seems planned, as he has gotten closer to his Turkish allies.
We know that he didn’t intend for the elections to go smoothly, as he planned to be a transitional President, which was first voted for in the Lower House and pushed to the Senate. Therefore, we know this man is willing to do anything to stay unelected. The whole last part of 2020 proved that in combination of not caring or valuing the 17th September 2020 agreement, which he now suddenly cares about in the late December 2021. That is really insulting and only shows his intentions are clear to find paths to stay in power…
Farmaajo wants to extend his mandate. Even when his not popular at home or abroad. His trying to dictate and force himself on the Republic. He is doing that to the best of his abilities. While also undermining anyone who tries to make the elections look legit. That’s because he has already candidates lined up and wants them stamped into office. So, that he can continue… because he has no future outside of Presidency.
I wrote already on the 8th April 2021 that he prefers being an unelected leader and in November 2021 I expected him to rig everything in his favour. All of that has happened and is proven to the whole world to see. Farmaajo, the big cheese is doing his own bidding and hope all of his tricks works. However, will be able to pull it off and will the Somali people accept that? Will they look by and see a man steal the throne?
That’s what’s I am wondering about. If they will silently see one man take it all and not even care how he does it. As long as he gets the office of the presidency and gets to stay in Villa Somalia. That is how things are looking and it’s no good. Peace.