Somalia’s National Security Minister Resigns

Abdirahman Hussein Guled, Somali Minister of Interior and National Security resigned

Somalia’s powerful National Security Minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled has announced his resignation Saturday night, just hours after Al-Qaeda linked militants stormed the parliament building in the capital and killed several soldiers and injured at least two lawmakers.

Abdirahman Hussein Guled, Somali Minister of Interior and National Security resigned
Abdirahman Hussein Guled, Somali Minister of Interior and National Security resigned

Guled, who was in office for 20 months, said he quit after “considering the current state of the country. In a two-minute statement he read on the National TV, Guled lauded his past, saying “there is no doubt that a lot has been achieved” during his tenure despite the sorry economic and poltical situations in the country that rendered security forces incapable of dealing with the enemy powers.

Before his decision on Saturday night, Guled faced questions about the rising insecurity in the country that of late appeared to have deteriorated dramatically.

Al-Shabaab miltants have in recent months struck almost every part of the capital, including the presidential palace –the seat of the government — as well as others, such as courts and UN complex in the city.

Guled praised the heroism of the Somali soldier, Dhame Dahir, who sacrifaced himself to save the lives of lawmakers by barring the suicide car bomb from driving past him.

Guled’s resignation came just minutes after President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said “urgent changes will take place in the coming hours.”

Speaking from South Africa, where he today attended that country’s presidential inauguration, President Mohamud said he would cut short his visit by a day and would return to Mogadishu tomorrow morning

He urged the public to trust the country’s leadership and no to let such incidents to divide them.
The president said Somalia will outlast the Shabaab, which he liked it to a broom that will finally wear out.

Saturday’s brazen attack at parliament building, however, exposed the still fragile security state in the country that is recovering from more than two decades of violence.

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  1. its true that some sanity had returned to Mogadishu which led to formation of a new Govt. and flocking of many Somalians from the diaspora,
    but it was pre mature to handle over the security of Mogadishu to the new Somali army and police who have been trained by the Ugandans and Burundi ans they are not experienced in Urban gorilla war fare, first and fore most would have been to put in a decentralized system with a ten cell system where you register every citizen in an area of the locality and allow the local leader in the area to elect their local leaders to the municipal and city levels, so these ladders of security are inter linked and all speak at the same wave length or are intercorrelated.
    A register of all boda boda s and their owners under a centralised system with every thing computerised as well as the use of imported no plates from a secured source. allow AU forces to operate in and around the city with coordination from the Somali army in the inter links a whole review now have to be carried out and fresh security Map be Drawn

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