Shabelle Radio evicted from headquarter
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The headquarter belonging to Shabelle Radio has been stormed by security forces under the command of the Interior minister. Security forces had been surrounding the building an hour before storming building and arresting everyone inside.
Shabelle Radio had been based close to the Bakara market, before moving to their current location in the Halane district, close to the airport. They claimed that the reason behind the move was for “safety reasons”, it was also said that they were seeking AMISOM protection after receiving “threats”. Shabelle Radio had been posting on their site that they’d face “risks” if evicted.
The eviction of Shabelle Radio from their headquarter comes five days after a deadline given by the Interior Minister Abdikarim Guled to leave to the premises peacefully or face eviction. However, Shabelle Radio claims that they signed a contract with the former government which permits to operate from the building, which belongs to the Ministry of Transportation, until 2015.
According to our correspondent in Mogadishu, security forces arrested everyone in the building from including janitors and cleaners. The building is now under control of the security forces as the Shabelle Radio remains off air.
According to some analysts whom we contacted, the forceful eviction of Shabelle Radio from a government building is merely a screen for closing down Shabelle Radio, whom some officials accuse of being anti-government and “threat to the stability & peace in Somalia”.