Kismayo seaport director denies Al-Shabaab exports charcoal from the city
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In an interview with media outlets the director of Kismayo’s seaport strongly denied allegations that Al-Shabaab export charcoal from the city’s seaport as claimed by the UN.
Abdullahi Dubad Shil, the director, while speaking to the media claimed that the report was baseless, stating that Al-Shabaab don’t export any charcoal from the AMISOM controlled city of Kismayo. “Firstly it isn’t Al-Shabaab who export the charcoal but rather well-known businessmen who used to do so. But at the moment there’s no charcoal exportation from Kismayo since the Somali government banned it”. He further stated “it’s impossible for Al-Shabaab to export anything from the seaport while the town is under control of the AMISOM”.
The denial by Kismayo’s seaport director comes less than a week after the UN released a report in which it claimed that Al-Shabaab make millions of dollars through the charcoal trade, while using Kismayo’s seaport for exportation. According to the report the group “continues to benefit from the revenue generated, on a scale greater than when it controlled Kismayo”.
However according to Abdullahi Shil, even Al-Shabaab has banned the charcoal trade in areas they control, stating that “they burn any vehicle they see carrying charcoal”.
There are conflicting reports and statements revolving around the sources of income for the militants especially after losing some major towns and how they manage to funnel this income, however many analysts believe that the real beneficiaries of the charcoal trade are the Jubbaland Administration who share the revenue with the KDF who supervise the seaport.