More Somali lawmakers join the frontline as the war against al-Shabaab intensifies
The renewed fight against the militants al-Shabaab is gaining momentum with more legislature leaving for the frontlines.
Gen. Mahad Abdirahman, a member of parliament of the House of the People and former commander of the Somali Custodial Corps has joined Somali Armed Forces fighting in South West state.
Gen. Mahad who was elected as a legislature for the first time during this year’s national elections has appealed to the local community to support the fight against al-Shabaab, asking residents not to allow extremists to live in their midst.
Gen. Mahad said local leaders have embarked on a series of meetings to restore normalcy after suffering in the hands of the militants for long.
Speaking on Tuesday, Gen. Mahad said time had come for the people of South West State to defend their region and the nation at large.
“These people are just like us, let us liberate ourselves from their hands. They are armed and we are armed. We must liberate ourselves,” said Gen. Mahad.
“You can not move between Wajid, Qansahdhere and Dinsoor. The only transport network connecting them is by air,” he said.
“The cost of air transport is too expensive for the people. Not many many afford to pay $ 100 required by airlines operating in the region.”
The legislature’s local organized vigilantes have joined forces with SNA forces in countering al-Qaeda’s affiliate in East Africa, al-Shabaab, which continues to threaten the country’s peace and security.
This has led to the liberation of more than 30 towns in the last one months as the fighting intensifies.
The Somali Army is also getting air support and casualties evacuation from The US government and the Egyptian Army in their recent operations.