Somali state of Jubbaland sacks and replaces Gedo officials for disloyalty

The Jubbaland regional state of Somalia has sacked and replaced two district commissioners and a deputy governor in the southern Gedo Region.

A directive issued by the Jubbaland presidency said that the district commissioners of Luq and Bardere, as well as the deputy governor of Gedo, have been relieved of duty.

These officials have recently rejected the legitimacy of Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed Islam, whose controversial re-election last August was rejected by the federal government and the international community.

The directive also announced the names of those who will replace all three officials. This is part of a dispute between the federal government and the Jubbaland regional state.

Opposition parties have recently accused the federal government of using Ethiopian troops to intimidate officials in Gedo into renouncing Madobe. Ethiopia has denied the accusation.