MOGADISHU (SD) – Unknown number of Eritrean spy agents have sneaked into Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, to give support to the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo retained his seat ahead of the country’s presidential elections.
According to reliable sources who spoke a local media in Mogadishu, Eritrean intelligence agent in cooperation with Villa Somalia henchmen have sometime been drawing plans to support Farmaajo’s bid to secure four more year to lead the horn of African nation.
The sources further claimed Eritreans and allies of Farmaajo in NISA have been carrying out efforts to intimidate the opposition and force candidates on clans.
Somalia and Eritrea restored the bilateral relations in 2018 after two leaders of Somalia and Eritrea, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and Isaias Afwerki respectively along with their embattled ally Abiy Ahmed agreed to end decades old differences.
The sources revealed that Villa Somalia involves deploying more Eritrean spies and military men to mastermind the return of Farmaajo.
So far most of the MPs elected in the ongoing Lower House elections in Gamudug, Benadir and Southwest are Farmaajo’s allies with the country’s opposition threatening to boycott the election, citing lack of transparency and widespread irregularities.
In a joint statement, the 15-member council of presidential candidates said they had lost faith in the process noting the electoral bodies had failed to deliver a credible poll and instead work at the behest of the Federal Government and Federal Member State presidents.
The opposition leaders raised concerns over the lack of coordination between the Federal Indirect Elections Team (FIET) and the State Indirect Elections Team (SIET).
“The Union of Presidential Candidates declares that it does not condone, accept, and will not be part of the ongoing looting that destroys peace and the state-building process,” Dahir Mohamud Geele, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement on Tuesday evening.