Deadly clashes in Gedo, amidst power struggle between Jubbaland administration & Somali government
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A heavy battle that erupted between Somali government forces and newly trained militias loyal to the Jubbaland interim administration at the town of Beled-hawo in the Gedo region has reportedly left at least five people dead and ten others injured.
According to residents of the town the battle came about when forces loyal to the district chief of Dolow attacked government forces in Beled-hawo under the command of Mohamed Abdi Kalil, which immediately prompted heavy fighting lasting for several hours.
Mohamed Abdi Kalil, who’s the appointed governor of the Gedo region, accused the Jubbaland administration of arming militias to “create disturbances in his province”. “The battle was between our Somali government forces and militia forces loyal to the Jubbaland administration who seeks to create disturbance in my province” said Mr. Kalil.
On the other hand, the deputy interior minister of Jubbaland claimed that such a thing as a governor for the Somali government was non-existent and wouldn’t be recognized by the administration, whilst adding that Gedo was under the Jubbaland administration.
Residents further suggest that today’s battle is the result of tensions that have been building up over the days due to killings that have been carried out in the town, with each side accusing the other of perpetrating the killings.
Despite both signing an agreement at Addis Ababa last year, both the Somali government and the Jubbaland administration remain at odds with tensions rising leading many analysts to believe that “federalism” will only cause further problems. Other analysts have suggested that the friction between the two is a power struggle of who’ll control the Gedo province, but no matter what the result is, the final say will be with the Ethiopian forces in Gedo, who at the moment seem to be showing support for the Jubbaland administration.