Hargeisa(SD)-Somaliland’s Central Bank Governor Ali Ibrahim Baghdadi for the first time talked about his relationship with president Muse Bihi, while he was a Wadani official, and his personal vendetta against Hadhwanaag news.
Ali Ibrahim Baghdadi spoke with Sahan TV’s Bedri Kosar in Hargeisa.
Baghdad said that the he and the current president had known each other before in Amoud. Ali Baghdadi who at the time was a Wadani official in Canada congratulated Muse Bihi on his Wadani contested election.
After the Congratulatory call, was recalled from Canada, and was appointed by the President to Central Bank governorship position.
The Wadani party supporters up to today do not see the last presidential election free and fair, but conceded for the country sake.
They also see his opportunism madding, it’s also driving supporters apart on his betrayal, hence why Kulmiye picked him.
On the other hand, Ali Ibrahim Baghdadi claimed that he had personally sued Hadhwanaag News at the Hargeisa regional court in connection with corruption reporting.
Mr Baghdadi admitted to publishing articles on Hadhwanaag news in the past and that he had used local authorities in arresting the news sites journalist and had the court ban access to the website.
However, the Bank governor admitted to being disturbed by a Hadhwanaag article published on his alleged corruption.
“The small towers that I am building here that the president knew about and published that I had embezzled funds meant for Col. Arre and Garhajis.” Baghdadi told Bedri Kosar.
Baghdadi said human rights would enable him to sue the network, and ordered the court to close Hadhwanaag, because he had nowhere to publish his thoughts, as he spoke to the media.
If the court were free, it could have instructed Hadhwanaag not to publish items related to the case during the hearing.
Human rights organizations and governments supporting Somaliland have condemned the abuse of the journalists and the banning of Hadhwanaag news site.
The Governor of Somaliland’s Central Bank Ali Baghdad foreshadowed that the news site will remain blocked as per his orders.
it’s not clear if this is the fate off all of news media in Somaliland or if pressure groups including Canada will step up and deend freedom of speech.