Somali leaders agree to deploy AMISOM to the Presidential palace
African Union Mission to Somalia ( AMISOM) peacekeeping forces will now take over and reinforce the security of the presidential Palace commonly known as Villa Somalia where rival troops loyal to President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to continue to occupy the heavily fortified palace raising fears of possible break out of the confrontation between the two forces.
In a joint communique issued later today after the conclusion of the six days poll talks, the National Consultative Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and attended by regional leaders and Banadir governor Omar Mohamud Omar Filish unanimously agreed to deploy AMISOM security forces to the presidential compound to quell tension in the area where offices of both the president and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble have taken control.
This is after an earlier proposal by the Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to take over the National security from President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo faced hurdles after some regional governors allied to president Farmajo rejected the bid and vowed to walk out of the meeting if the handing over of the National security dominated the conference.
Wadajir Party leader and presidential candidate Abdirahman Abdishakur had last month told journalists that warring factions of Somali troops supporting the top leaders continue to occupy rival positions in Villa Somalia as the rift between the president and Prime Minister continued to rage on.
This comes a week after president Farmajo dispatched security officers at the gate of the office of the Prime Minister leading to hours of a stand-off between the PM and the presidential guards before Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Guleid, Somali Army Commander Gen. Odowa Yussuf Rage, and Police chief Abdi Hassan Hajir intervened and escorted the Prime Minister to his office.
PM Roble while addressing a press conference at his office termed the blockade a coup attempt and ordered all security and Army Commanders to take orders from him and not President Farmajo warning against the mutiny of such directive.
An inter-ministerial level committee appointed by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble had on Wednesday summoned five military commanders for their role in the alleged attempted coup and blockade of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and his cabinet from accessing their offices at the Presidential palace on 27th December of last year amid a build-up of squabble between President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble over management of elections.
The five-member committee chaired by Minister of Defense Abdikadir Mohamed Nur also directed the Somali National Army ( SNA) chief Gen. Odowa Yussuf Rage to facilitate the process of appearance of the officers drawn from the 77th battalion of the Somali military on or before January 8 to for grilling on their roles.