Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is expected to replace armed forces chiefs as part of wholesale changes to the country’s security and defense institutions, which have been implicated a number of abuses during the former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s tenure, Caasimada Online news website reported on Sunday.
On Thursday, Mohamud named an opposition MP Mahad Salad as the new director of the Somali Intelligence and Security Agency which has been mired in a number of scandals over the past years. The man has been critic of Farmajo administration and was one of the leading voices against atrocities committed throughout his term in office.
Mohamud is now planning to fire the army chief General Odowa Yusuf Rage, a young inexperienced military officer who was promoted and anointed to the office by Farmajo allegedly for unquestioningly executing his orders, including crackdown on opposition. Custodial Corps chief, who became an MP weeks earlier, will also be replaced, according to sources cited by the Somali news website.