Al-Shabab terrorists enrolled in security agencies, so Farmajo kills the Somali democratic process

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A series of targeted attacks revealed starting in July 2019 that the militant group al-Shabab has frequently infiltrated Somali government entities.

The government’s long battle to subdue al-Qaeda-linked militants has been hampered by al-Shabab’s infiltration of government agencies, offices, and security teams. In 2016, a court convicted Abdiweli Mohamed Maow, the head of security at Mogadishu airport, for helping smuggle a laptop bomb on a departing flight. The bomb exploded 15 minutes after take-off but miraculously failed to drop the plane, which returned safely to Mogadishu airport.

A senior official of Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), Abdisalam Mohamed Hassan, was found guilty in 2014 of providing al-Shabab with photos of agents and other identifying data. Officials say they collaborated with al-Shabab for economic reasons, but today a different reality emerges: NISA is collaborating with extremists to hinder the democratic process. The Somali National Intelligence and Security Service (NISA) is recruiting Al-Shabaab militants to suppress the people and threatening with death the members of the Somali parliament who reaffirm the need to go to elections to get out of the current impasse.

The specialist site “Garowe” confirmed that Farmajo’s Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has renewed the recruitment of members who have defected from the terrorist group Al-Shabaab to bring them into the country’s security and military forces. Abdisalam Guled, who served as deputy head of NISA, stated Al-Shabaab has infiltrated the state security apparatus. Among them, the commander of the former terrorists now enlisted in the army obtained a diplomatic passport granting him immunity for his crimes. This happens a few days after outgoing President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo sent young soldiers to preside over Parliament.

US, UK, and EU ambassadors in Somalia have summoned the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohamed Morsell, to prevent interim President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo’s desire for an extension of his term from not being fulfilled after failing to organize legitimate elections. The ambassadors informed Morsell of his responsibilities in the event of an extension of Farmajo’s mandate.

According to local media, Farmajo spent the day verifying the completion of military preparations to ensure the meeting room in the House of Representatives building, empty of opposition representatives and imposing a security cordon outside the building to prevent any gathering of people. Most of the security forces elements are former terrorists and fought for Al-Shabab. Farmajo also met at length with infantry commander and intelligence chief Fahd Yassin to discuss plans to confront opposition forces and strike them effectively.

The presidents of the five Somali states held a long meeting on Sunday and also met with the President of the Senate, Abdi Hashi, and a delegation from the Rescue Council to exchange views on the question of elections and how to deal with this political crisis, as well as the session of the House of Representatives tomorrow and the question of the extension. The parliamentary session scheduled for Monday has already been postponed to next Wednesday after exerting diplomatic pressure on the head of the Somali parliament.

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