Farmaajo, ex-presidents strike accord after frosty relations

President Mohamed Farmaajo and his predecessors Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sheikh Sharif Ahmed appeared to close ranks Wednesday following months of discord over what the opposition termed as systematic attempts by the Federal Government to frustrate them.

UPD leader and former president Mohamud told journalists Wednesday evening the meeting with Farmaajo had resulted in some gentlemanly agreements touching on the 2020/21 elections, political disputes and security.

According to Mohamud who handed over power to Farmaajo in 2017, the three leaders agreed that the elections be held in time with no extension. The leaders also agreed to depoliticise security and forge a united front in the war against Al-Shabaab.

Farmaajo took note of the airport tussle which saw the opposition leaders inconvenienced while travelling to Beletweyne early this month, Mohamud said. It was not clear however if there was an apology.

Forum for National Parties (FNP) filed a case in court last week protesting what it said was ‘weaponisation of the airspace’ by the Federal Government. The coalition lawyers sought more time when the case came up for mention last week.

The issue of relations between the Federal Government and the Federal Member States appears not to have featured in the talks. Sources earlier intimated to Goobjoog News the president does not trust his political opponents to mediate terming them ‘bias’.

The Federal Government is yet to make known its position on Jubbaland after it said August it would not recognise Ahmed Madobe’s election and his subsequent government.



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