Highly anticipated offensive against Al-Shabaab stalled due to Corruption Investigation
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Recently the Head of Military operations, Gen. Abdirazaq Khalif Elmi, sent his letter of resignation to the Somali Ministry of Defense.
Abdirazaq Khalif Elmi, sent his letter of resignation after leaving Somalia and residing in Holland during the ongoing feud between the Somali President and the former Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon. However for unspecified reasons at the time, his letter of resignation was rejected based on orders coming from the President Hasan Sheekh Mahmud himself.
The reasons for the denial of his resignation however seem to be becoming more clear. Lately, the Head of Military operations has come under fire due to accusations of corruption and seizing money deposited in the Central Bank of Somalia that was supposed to be handed out as salaries to troops belonging to the Somali National Army. According to reports this is believed to have occurred before the appointment Yussur Abrar, the former head of the Central Bank.
Reports further indicate that other high ranking generals such as, Gen. Dahir Aden Elmi (Indha-Qarshe), Gen. Mahmud Hasan Qafow and Gen. Abdiqadir Ma’alin Nur are also currently under investigation for similar corruption cases involving usurped money which was to be used as salaries for the members of the Somali National Army.
According to unverified reports, the above mentioned generals have been prevented from leaving the country and any attempt to leave through Mogadishu’s airport could result in arrest.
Numerous sources inside the army have indicated that members of the SNA haven’t been paid their salaries in months, and if paid would receive a lot less than then their due wages.
A number of analyzers said that due to the corrupt nature of Somali politics it has become the norm for members of parliament and high ranking officials if a cabinet or parliament is dissolved and a new one installed, to leave the country and make way with whatever money they can.
Incidents like these seem to be a recurring event in Somalia, last September twenty-four Ugandan soldiers were suspended after being accused of corruption.
Gen. Abdirazaq Khalif Elmi has been summoned to come back to Mogadishu as soon as possible, or else an arrest warrant would be issued for him by Interpol.