Somali security minister resigns over deteriorating security
Mogadishu (Harar24) – As a response to yesterday’s deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on the parliament building in Mogadishu, the national security minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled announced his resignation from the post while admitting in his televised resignation speech that the ministry he head didn’t have the capability to deal with these attacks.
Abdikarim Hussein Guled held his position for twenty months, which saw some of the worst attacks by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, such as the storming of the Presidential palace, the National Courthouse, the Parliament , the UN compound and the Turkish embassy, which caused the deaths of several government officials and foreigners.
Those twenty months also marked the rise of insecurity in the Somali capital, where car bombs, assassinations, IEDs, grenades and night raids by the insurgents became very rampant in the city. And worse, the infighting between government troops who were feuding tribally under the guise of the military and the setting up of illegal checkpoints.
In the view of many locals, Abdikarim Hussein Guled was seen as the right hand man of the president and his good old time friend, which is why many were shocked by the resignation, more so since there were many attempts by members of parliament to resign him from his position, all which were usually prevented by his good friend, the president.
With Abdikarim Guled’s resignation, it’s believed that more top security officials will follow in resignation, including several high ranking leaders of the national intelligence, the police and even the military.
Al-Shabaab who withdrew from their fixed bases in Mogadishu in 2011 has staged reoccurring attacks in the city and continues to do so despite losing control of several towns. The attacks by the movement demonstrate that the Al-Qaeda linked movement is still capable of striking deep within the capital and at its most sensitive times.