Somali Government and Puntland administration in a tussle over gang rape case
The two teen girls victims of a gang rape that shocked Somalia are now in the middle of a tussle between Puntland administration and Federal Government.
Puntland administration has declined an offer by the Federal government to take the two girls out of the country for specialised medical assistance.
The two were raped in Galdogoob in November 2016 and the perpetrators posted a video of the incident on their facebook account causing a nationwide outrage and demand for justice.
Puntland’s Women Affairs Minister Anisa Abdikadir has told reporters that the regions administration will not only be seeking justice for the victims but will also foot all medical expenses at the Galkacyo hospital.
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s administration in Mogadishu however is seeking to send the two to Ankara, Turkey for specialised treatment.
But government critics see this as a public relations stance by President Mohamud to seek popularity ahead of the elections set for later this month.
“The government just wants to be seen relevant in this case. Its a political gimmick and simple vote hunting by the President .
Mohamed Abdow a Mogadishu based political commentator told Radio Dalsan.
Somalis in the diasopora launched a campaign against rape and an account opend to raise funds for the two teen girls .
“We will not allow the girls to elsewhere. Puntland has the capability to offer up to standard medical attention to the girls” Minister Mumin added.
A similar move by the government pledging $2M towards a relief aid kitty was has also been criticised by the public as a PR stunt to win votes in the coming elections.