9 June 2013

Somalia: Puntland VP Alleges Federal Govt Is Supporting Conflict in Kismayo

Garowe — Puntland Vice President Abdisamad Ali Shire accused the Somali Federal Government (SFG) that they had a part in the 2 day clashes that led to over 15 dead in Kismayo, Garowe Online reports.

Vice President Abdisamad who returned to a warm welcome by Puntland Ministers in Garowe discussed his trips to Qardho and Bossaso in a press conference in Garowe on Sunday. He thanked the residents of those cities for their cooperation and their welcome.

He then spoke about the heavy clashes in the port city of Kismayo between Jubaland state forces and what Jubaland state officials alleged was Al Shabaab fighters. Abdisamad said he "believed" that the SFG had a role in the clashes.

"The clashes in Kismayo weren't by chance, I believe they were carefully construed and planned by [officials in the] SFG," said the Puntland Vice President.

He warned that the SFG needed to adhere to the Provisional Federal Constitution (PFC) and that Puntland would readjust its position on collaboration with the SFG.

The comments by the Puntland Vice President reiterate the same statements made by Jubaland Spokesman Abdinasir Seraar and Jubaland Vice President Gen. Abdullahi Ismail Fartaag who accused the SFG of funding and equipping fighters to destabilize security in Kismayo.

After commenting about Kismayo, Vice President Abdisamad discussed his trips to Qardho and Bossaso as a "successful endeavour" and called for the people of Puntland to stay firm in unity.

He stated that Puntland would be turning 15 years old on August 1st and that unity "was important to impede forces looking to break it".

On Sunday, the Vice President and members of his delegation including, Commander of the Defence Forces Gen. Saeed Mohamed Hersi were greeted at the northern checkpoint of Garowe by Puntland Ministers, MPs, police officers and other officials.

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