Mogadishu’s popular mayor sacked amidst accusations of irresponsibility and unreliability
Mogadishu (Harar24) – For the past month violence in Mogadishu has been on the rise with many people blaming some officials for the increase of violence in the city who they said should resign or get fired. Today the Somali president Hasan Sheikh Mahmud fired Mogadishu’s mayor Mahamud Tarsan and replaced him with well known former general Hassan Mahamed Hussein “Mungaab”.
According to several sources inside the government, the firing of Tarsan came after many within the Presidents inner-circle urged him to fire the mayor and several other high ranking official within his government including Somali’s Chief of Police General Abdihakim Dahir, so today Gen. Mungaab who many say is close to the president was named as the new Governor of Banadir as well as the new mayor of the Mogadishu.
Former military general Mungab was the chief of military tribunal for the Somali government during the presidency of president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed who was ousted nearly two years ago in a parliamentary vote.
Many residents in Mogadishu blame Mr. Tarsan for much of the violence and say he only cared about making money and his own benefits. This was contrary to what he guaranteed and promised the people, which was to repair Mogadishu.
According to many sources Mungaab is a very close associate of President Mahmud and the intent of replacing Tarsan with Mungaab was to make him his strongman in Mogadishu in order to gain an even stronger foothold in Mogadishu.
Tarsan became mayor mid 2010 during former president Sharif’s rule and had served as Mogadishu’s mayor up until now.