Former Mogadishu deputy commissioners claim their lives are endangered & are neglected
Mogadishu (Harar24) – More than thirty former deputy commissioners for different districts of Mogadishu gathered together in a press conference held in the capital where amidst the rising insecurity they expressed fear for their safety and accused the government of neglecting them.
The former deputy commissioners expressed their vulnerability to Al-Shabaab targeted attacks for working with the government, while the government on the other hand has cut off their income leaving them without any money to spend on their protection.
Muhudin Ulusow Hasan, the former deputy commissioner of Karan district, said that since losing their positions they became completely neglected by the government. “We’ve written letters to the President, Prime Minister and the speaker of parliament complaining of our situation and the problems we face, yet we haven’t received any responses so far” said Muhudin Hasan.
The former deputy commissioners have described their lives as miserable, receiving constant threats from Al-Shabaab, most are unable to leave their houses out of fear for their safety, while some of their colleagues have already been killed.
They requested senior government officials to promptly intervene in order for them to receive their due rights as former government officials, otherwise as they stated they’ll “take action”, without specifying how.
Since the replacement of the former local Mogadishu administration, headed by Mahmud Nur Tarsan, complaints coming from former officials have risen, some of who have been assassinated, with others fleeing the country including the former mayor Mahmud Tarsan himself, who is now based in London.