10 December 2012

Somalia: Somali President - 'In the Era of Illegal Checkpoints Is Over and Unacceptable'

Mogadishu — Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has repeated that the illegal checkpoints locally known as "isbaaro" can not be accepted again at all in government controlled areas, primarily the capital city of Mogdishu.

The president repeated his message about dismantling all illegal checkpoints after he chaired a top security meeting at the presidential palace in the presence of other senior government officials such as the Prime minister and the speaker of the Somali parliament.

Mr. Mohamud has also said that all soldiers and militias who were manning the dismantled checkpoints will be assembled in military barracka and he stressed that the government can't accept people wielding guns or weapons in its territory.

The president has also commended how government security officials and those of the armed forces executed the presidential decree to dismantle and ban the checkpoints where residents in the city used to be harassed and extorted.

It was recently when the president issued an order to dismantle all checkpoints under government controlled areas.

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