13 March 2017

Somalia: Army Servicemen Demonstrated in Mogadishu Due Luck of Salary

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Somali soldiers (file Photo).

Normal activities came to a stand still as bands of Somalia National Army servicemen demonstrated in parts of Mogadishu creating tension, affected areas were Wadajir district, KM4 area and downtown Mogadishu.

The protests are the first real clash between the new administration and military which had high expectation on President Mohamed. Abdullahi Farmaajo whose manifesto prioritized welfare of the army and police.

"We have not received our salaries for the past 12 months" one SNA soldier told Radio Dalsan.

"We demand for our salary. The new government has forgotten about us " he added

Last week the government had been ordered out of the citiy limits and into the barracks but todays protest is a clear sign that the military has defied the orders.

Somali angry troops took to the main streets in Mogadishu and block near km4 and the street a long Mogadishu airport and same roats in wadajir distrtct.

The troops protesting without salaires payment for the last 12 months. We do get our salary for the last 12 month, we need our salary, one of the soldiers told radio dalsan. Now the soldiers back to their base, after high profile office speak to them.

On social media the people asking the government to pay the salary as to secure the security last week somali military officials said that the military will back to their base in the outskirt of Mogadishu.

Somali offcials says the security will reposible intelligence and police. Military Block Mogadishu Roads To Protest Salary Delays. Somalia military took to the streets of Mogadishu blocking main roads on Sunday to protest delayed salaries.

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