Somali party accuses president of ’empowering murderers’

Opposition Wadajir Party has accused President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of rewarding former officials with a criminal track record with ministerial positions after Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble named a new cabinet.

In a strong-worded statement on its Facebook page, Wadajir Party took issue with the appointment of former Acting Director of the National Intelligence Agency (NISA), Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur aka Jama’ as the new minister of justice.

“I would like to congratulate the newly-appointed members of the council of ministers, and pray for them for Allah to make their work easy. However, it is a sad news that Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur (Jama’), who was once the acting director of the National Intelligence and Security Agency and spearheaded the December 2017 attack against the Wadajir Party headquarters, has now been appointed as the minister of justice,” the party said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

“This is yet another indicator of how President Farmajo and his group are empowering murderers and are encouraging miscarriage of justice and the opening of old wounds,” the statement added.

The party, led by outspoken opposition leader Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame urged Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to “take urgent decision” on the matter.