Somalia: PM accuses sacked Intelligence Boss of power abuse
GAROWE, Somalia Sept 18, 2014 (Garowe Online)-Federal Government of Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed for the first time commented on the sacking of National Intelligence and Security Agency Chief Abdullahi Mohamed Ali Sanbaloshe on Thursday, Garowe Online reports.
Mohamed said on BBC Somali Service that Sanbaloshe made political miscalculations including power abuse and defamation: “He [sacked Intelligence Boss] intervened in issues which were not charged with and made inflammatory remarks against high ranking government officials”.
On the other hand, Prime Minister declined to reveal row with President Mohamud on the grounds of the power but admitted the possibility that personal differences can exist.
According to presidency sources, Mohamud opposes the firing of Sanbaloshe and insists on reinstatement.
The sacked intelligence boss was accompanying Mogadishu-based Federal Government President on trip to Kismayo last week, exposing the magnitude of political infighting between the two men.
On September 7, cabinet ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Mohamed sacked Sanbaloshe who clinched this post with central government just two months ago over incompetency.