Somalia’s interior minister meets Ahmed Madobe
Kismayo (Harar24) – Today an envoy led by Somalia’s minister of interior affairs Abdikarim Hussain Guled visited Kismayo. The envoy included other members of parliament such as the deputy of the minister of defense, Abdirahman Kulmiye. They were welcomed at the airport by the deputy leader of the Jubbaland interim administration, Abdullahi Sheekh Ismail. This is the same airport where almost two weeks ago Chief of Staff Abdirazaq Khalif and Lieutenant Andrew Gutti were detained and access to Kismayo, the same also occurred to the Defense minister Abdihakim Fiqi months earlier, whereas today his deputy was not only allowed entrance, but also escorted to the residence of the Jubbaland interim leader, Ahmed Madobe.
Tension and fear were high in the city today despite security having been tightened and heightened. Soldiers were scattered all over the city and were told to particularly secure the roads connecting the airport to Ahmed Madobe’s residence. Al-Shabaab had been attacking Kismayo for the past days and the movement had shown that its reach was far, having shelled Kismayo’s airport in one of their last attacks.
Our correspondent in the city indicated that the reason behind this visit is to convince the leader of the Jubbaland interim administration to attend a conference being held in Mogadishu on the 21st of this month. Ahmed Madobe had previously publicly announced that neither he or anyone from the Jubbaland interim administration would be attending the aforementioned conference and that they would be boycotting it. According to Madobe attending this conference would not be in accordance with the Addis Ababa agreement.
On the other hand according to our correspondents in Mogadishu there are numerous reports from inside sources that President Hassan Sheekh Mohammed could be preparing to go to Kismayo himself, if attempts by the envoy to convince Ahmed Madobe to attend the conference fail.
In other developments, reports are indicating that the Federal government in Mogadishu is trying to bring Bare Hiraale and his militia into Mogadishu, a move strongly opposed by Ahmed Madobe.