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Somalia’s opposition welcomes dismissal of senior NISA officials

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somalia’s opposition alliance has praised the dismissal of two senior officers at the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) days after dozens of politicians lodged complaints at the office Somali prime minister.

Prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has on Friday sacked Abdullahi Kulane, NISA Chief of staff who was also the right hand of the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi.

According to a statement by OPM, Abdiwahab Sh. Ali, head of NISA at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde Airport was also relieved of his duties.

The statement said the dismissed officials were found responsible for blocking some passengers who were heading to Garbaharrey town, the capital of Gedo region, from leaving the airport in Mogadishu.

“The persons who have been barred to travel from Aden Abdulle Airport have every right as citizens to travel anytime,” the PM said. “I instruct the Somali Civil Aviation Authority that politicians and citizens flying from and to destinations should not be prevented.”

The Coalition of Presidential Candidates (CPC) which brings together 14 presidential candidates among them two former presidents, has welcomed the move, saying the office of PM taken a step that could restore the public trust.

“The action taken by the Prime Minister is in the right direction,” said a statement by CPC on Friday.

The Coalition warned against violation of the constitution and interfering with the process of the parliamentary and presidential elections.

“We urge President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, whose term lapsed, to refrain from abuse of the laws and the electoral processes,” the group said.

Somalia is expected to hold its elections from late this month.

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