Somalia: Puntland forces seize Central Bank Branch over missing pays
GALKAYO, Somalia, September 17, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Puntland Defence Forces (PDFs) have gone on strike over lack of salaries, seizing Central Bank Branch in Galkayo on Thursday, Garowe Online reports.
The troops stationed in Godad base entered Galkayo which straddles the border between Puntland and Galmudug with their technicals early in the morning according to GO correspondents in the city.
The striking soldiers who subsequently seized presidential palace site are still in control of the bank, saying they have not been paid for up to seven months.
Troops were quoted as saying that it is ironic for government to start construction of palace, while security forces are suffering from lack of pays.
Construction workers on the site were reportedly dispersed.
The strike comes in the presence of Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali in Galkayo city.
On September 10, paramilitary units dubbed ‘Birmadka’ set up roadblock near Bossaso port city for unpaid salaries.