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Farmaajo and Roble clash over dismissal of Navy Chief

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia’s top leadership has differed over the fate of Navy Chief Abdihamid Dirir who accused Prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, a new battle lines which could further delay presidential and Lower House elections.

According to multiple sources, Prime minister had demanded the removal of Dirir but President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo stood the ground to bar the dismissal of the commander.

The president reportedly overruled, saying the premier have no authority to sack a military commander from the office.

Hundreds of the government forces deployed in different parts of the capital with with roads near Villa Somalia and other government-controlled areas sealed off.

The situation is sense as the two top leaders of the government are having meeting with their respective retinues.

Dirir claimed on Tuesday that some powerful individuals including the PM had grabbed land belonging to the Navy around Lido beach in Mogadishu.

Subsequently, Defence Minister Hassan Haji called on Somali National Army Chief Gen. Odowaa Rage to investigate the matter and take action.

 However, he issued another statement Wednesday evening noting he had misquoted and that he did not order an investigation but instead Gen. Odowaa should take action against Dirir.

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