Opposition leader calls for reform in Somalia’s intelligence agency

Wadajir Party Leader Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame has called on President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to reshuffle the leadership of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), which he said has turned into a political entity.

He accused the NISA of serving political interests at the behest of government leaders, restricting press freedom and suppressing dissent at every turn.

“In recent times, the security agencies of the country have been turned into political entities, especially the command of the intelligence agency, used by the leadership of the government… The intelligence agency has been turned into a political entity and its core function of fighting terrorism has suffered for it,” he said.

“Therefore, if the president is genuine about the concessions and compromises he made, we expect him to reshuffle the agency’s leadership and give command to experienced and competent professionals who can remain neutral in dealing with politics and politicians,” Warsame added.

Opposition politicians and other government critics have many times decried the use of the country’s intelligence agency for political agendas.

Analysts have noted that the current director of the agency, Fahad Yasin, wields a considerable political clout in the current government that he has not been shy in using.

Government officials have severally dismissed these concerns.