Somalia says reports of plot to attack ex-president Sharif ‘baseless’

The Federal Government of Somalia has denied reports that its forces are planning to attack former President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s residence in the capital, Mogadishu, after reports emerged of recent troop movement near the residence of the former leader.

Sheikh Sharif, who leads the opposition Forum for National Parties, has been a fierce critic of the current government of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

“The Ministry of Internal Security of the Federal Government of Somalia wishes to describe as baseless accusations that were contained in a statement alleging that some of the security agencies were organising an attack against former President His Excellency Sharif Sheikh Ahmed,” read the statement in part.

“The ministry wishes to make it clear that soldiers from the Presidential Guards are the ones who are responsible for the the security of the incumbent president and that of all the former presidents which makes the rumours being circulated unrealistic,” the statement added.

The statement from the internal security ministry further commended former Presidents Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for taking the country through a difficult period, adding that their security was a national duty.

The statement further accused some individuals it did not name of trying to score political points by spreading baseless and fabricated reports.