Garowe Online (Garowe)

25 May 2013

Somalia: Jubaland President Accuses Federal Govt of 'Organizing Clan Violence'

Kismayo — The president of Somalia's Jubaland state Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) has accused the Somali Federal Government of "organizing clan violence" in Kismayo and the Jubba regions, Garowe Online reports.

President Ahmed Madobe told the BBC Somali Service during a Saturday morning interview that the Federal Government sends delegations to Kismayo "without informing the administration" in Kismayo.

"We invited the Federal Government to the Jubaland conference. However, the Federal Government is interfering directly by organizing meetings with local clans and even military officials," said President Ahmed Madobe.

"The Federal Government will take full responsibility for any violence in Kismayo. If the Federal Government violates the [Federal] Constitution that established it, then for whom will it [Federal Government] be the Government? The Jubaland people will recall their Members of Parliament and open consultations on future relations with the Federal Government," the Jubaland President warned.

He blamed the Somali Federal Government in Mogadishu for "funding persons to declare themselves 'president'" including former Kismayo warlord Barre Hirale, who declared himself 'Jubaland president' on the same day as Ahmed Madobe's election on May 15, 2013.

The Jubaland leader called on the Federal Government to "change the course" before its too late.

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