Somalia’s first female mayor Safiya Hassan sacked

Somalia’s first female mayor Safiya Hassan Sheikh Ali Jimale has been sacked on Saturday.

In a dispatch statement from the ministry of interior and local government of Hirshabelle Safiyo was sacked and replaced by Nadar Tabah Maalim.

In May 2019 Safiyo was appointed mayor of Beledweyne by Mohamed Abdi Waare the leader of the Hirshabelle region making her the first female mayor in Somalia.

The city is part of the Beledweyne District and serves as the capital of the Hiiraan province. The town is situated in the Shebelle Valley some 210 miles north of Mogadishu. It is divided by the Shebelle River into eastern and western sections.

Before she was appointed as Beledweyne mayor she served as an official of the Shibis district.

Somalia boasts of women in all facets of public life. Women serve in both houses of parliament, they are women serving in the military and police and a number of ministerial portfolios are also held by women.