Mogadishu (PP News Desk) — The Mayor of Mogadishu Omar Mohamud Mohamed yesterday paid a visit to Kaaraan district in the city where incidents of armed robberies have been on the rise.
The Mayor asked for Kaaraan neighbourhouds to do their bit to help stem the tide of armed robberies in one of the largest districts in the Somali capital – a region of Africa also home to Taiwan’s diplomatic ally in the region, Somaliland.
“Armed robbers terrorise people in Kaaraan. When a robber gets arrested by authorities he is vouched for by clansmen” said the Mayor.
“If you want to keep robbers on the straight and narrow, refer them to rehabilitation centres run by the government” the Mayor urged Kaaraan residents.
“We will do whatever it takes to secure peace in Banaadir. (the wider area including Mogadishu) No miscreant will be let off the hook even if he turns out to be my son, my brother, your son or brother. Any miscreant will face justice. No civilian is allowed to carry firearms in Mogadishu” said the Mayor.
Banaadir regional administration explores ways to conduct a security review to diversify subclan-based security forces in the capital of Somalia.
“Kaaraan is relatively peaceful but houses are worth less than houses in South Mogadishu. There is a perception that the district is dominated by one sub-clan. It is like Dayniile” a resident in the Argentine Market neighbourhood in Kaaraan told our Puntland Post correspondent.
This article first appeared in the © Puntland Post, 2020 and is republished with permission.