Jubbaland leader accuses federal gov’t of disintegrating Somalia

GAROWE (SD) – Jubbaland leader, Ahmed Mohamed Madobe has accused federal government of plunging the country into political crisis saying the incumbent leader chats out a plan to ‘rig’ the soon-to-be-held elections.

Speaking at the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS) Forum in Garowe, the leader said Somalia is on brink to descend to anarchy, urging government to resolve differences with opposition, for the country to hold commonly agreed elections.

“I personally invite president Mohamed Abdullahi to come to Garowe town for dialogue to resolve the differences over the upcoming elections,” he said.

Meanwhile Madobe also stood ground on his conditions for pull federal troops out of Gedo region to allow for elections there, saying those pushing him to give way to Farmaajo to interfere with their polling stations.

“I am willing to accept elections to take place in Gedo region if all other Federal Member States can allow the Federal Government to control one of their towns where elections will take place,” the Jubbaland leader said.

Madobe denied accusations from the federal Somali governmentt that Kenya influenced his views on the Sept 17 agreement over the elections.

“They said Kenya pressured me to withdraw from the elections agreement but that was not true,” said Madobe.

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