The Nation (Nairobi)

Somalia: Islamic Courts Reject Administration Formed By Al-Shaabab in Kismayu Town

Mogadishu — Sheikh Ibrahim Yakoub Shukri alias Sheikh Abu Zeinab, the head of the Social and Political Affairs of Union of the Islamic Courts has rejected the administration being formed by Al-Shabaab in Kismayu.

The clergyman accused the radical Islamist movement of masterminding the appointment of officials and that it sidelined other stakeholders.

"A small group who discussed behind doors framed the new administration on their own accounts," said Sheikh Abu Zeinab.

"We learnt the appointments they made through the media."

According to Sheikh Abu Zeinab, the formation of an administration is not easy and it should have been done through participatory means.

"Religious people, clan leaders, intellectuals and others important social components ought to be part of the ruling group in the town."

Sheikh Abu Zeinab said: "Those with no deep religious knowledge can not implement the Sharia (Islamic) laws," remarked Sheikh Hassan Yakoub Ali.

But, in response to wide speculation of the criteria used in selecting the members of the new administration in Kismayu, 500 kilometres south of Mogadishu and closer to the border with Kenya, a top member of the new authority, Sheikh Hassan Yakoub Ali, the new communication's official for Kismayu district, said that the Islamists who captured the town can determine the fate of the town.

"There is no point of others sharing the decision-making with the combatants who chased the clan militias away out of the district," the sheikh added.

The Somali transition government has recently indicated that it will take Kismayu over from the Islamists.

Yusuf Omar Al-Azhari, the political advisor of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed said on September 2 that the government will rebel the turbaned men from Kismayu.

Colonel Barre Aden Shire alias Barre Hirale, a legislator with the TFG who also led the militia that lost Kismayu to Al-Shabaab on 22nd of August after three days of fighting, vowed to retake Kismayu.

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