Villa Somalia has been accused of adding members of the NISA intelligence agency and others loyal to President Farmajo to the electoral management committees.
Mogadishu was the scene of carnage on December 14th following major protests organized by the opposition parties against the embattled incumbent President Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
The use of live fire by security forces against protesters was condemned by opposition figures including former President Mr. Hassan Sheikh.
Somalia’s partners issued a statement on December 15th that urged the Federal Government and Federal Members states to “reconvene urgently and to reach out to other stakeholders to resolve concerns about the management of the electoral process through consensus-building so that timely, transparent, and credible elections embraced by the Somali people and all key stakeholders can take place. To that end, we welcome Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble’s commitment to convene the leaders in Mogadishu following his current visits to the Federal Member States.”
The European Union is thus withholding 90 million Euros in budgetary support from the Ethiopian government due to its war in Tigray,
It is unclear if other Somalia partners such as the United States and the United Kingdom will take similar action.
This article first appeared in the Somaliland Chronicle and is republished with permission.