Somalia’s Mogadishu mayor appoints body to re-open closed roads in capital

The mayor of Mogadishu who is also the governor of Banadir region, Omar Mohamud Mohamed Filish, has said that his administration will re-open the closed roads in the Somali capital.

Last night, the mayor appointed a seven-member committee to assess and work on the re-opening of the roads.

According to a statement from the mayor’s office, the committee led by the deputy governor of Banadir region for security affairs, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Tulah, will outline plans for the measures. Tulah will be assisted by the heads of police and intelligence agency of Banadir region.

The government had in the past closed several main roads in the capital in a bid to improve security in the city.

Omar Filish was appointed last month by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to replace the late Eng Abdirahman Omar Yarisow, who succumbed to injuries he sustained in a suicide bomb attack at his office last July.

In his first speech since taking office, Mayor Omar Filish has vowed to beef up security in Mogadishu.