Somali Government Plans on Buying more weapons to battle Al-Shabaab
Mogadishu (Harar24) – During an interview with Voice of America the Somali president Hassan Sheekh Mahmud mentioned that his government bought weapons and ammunitions from certain countries after the arms embargo placed on Somalia by the UN was partially lifted.
This was the first time such information was revealed publicly, it’s also believed that the Somali government recently made weapon transactions and is expecting the weapons to be shipped soon.
The arms embargo placed on Somalia by the United Nations Security Council was partially lifted on 6th of March 2013 and had been in effect since the 23rd of January 1992 in an attempt to suppress the civil war raging in the country at the time.
In the interview President Mahmud claimed that the lifting of the arms embargo was a key factor in winning the war against the militant Al-Shabaab movement. He said: “This move has helped us to equip our forces with the kind of arms they needed and we are now planning to buy other weapons in a bid to get complete military equipment for the Somali forces”.
Critics however claim that the weapons brought in the country easily get in to the wrong hands very often, including Al-Shabaab and illegal arms dealers.
A few days ago gun prices in Mogadishu dropped and it was speculated that this occurred due to soldiers who sold their brand new guns to arms dealers.