Somalia’s PM points finger at Farmajo allies over opposition MP’s killing

Somalia’s PM points finger at Farmajo allies over opposition MP’s killing

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble pointed finger at the allies of the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo over the murder of an opposition MP Amina Mohamed in a suicide bombing in Baladweyne last week.

Speaking at a prayer ceremony held for the late MP on Wednesday, Roble repeated his accusation that those who had perpetrated the disappearance of Ikran Tahlil, a female spy from the Amina’s constituency, were behind the new assasination.

I also believe … that the aggressive hand that killed Amina was the same hand behind Ikran’s murder,” Somali Premier said.

The reason I am saying that is nothing else, but when my brother Ali Gudlawe accepted an open race for parliament seats, we realized that [the MP] would be harmed.”

In his remarks, the Premier added that he had received a message threatening an action over his order to ensure an open race for parliamentary seats in Baladweyne and in particular the one for which Amina was vying to retain – a move that triggered the ire of Somali President and his allies whose candidate was unable to contest in a free space.

The Premier reiterated that he was still keeping his promise to pursue justice in the case of a murdered female spy and in the killing of her MP Amina Mohamed.

In comments at the event, former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud called on officials to cast fear aside and act to bring the perpetrators to justice. The MP was a member of his party and he earlier called for a thorough investigation into a suicide blast that had claimed her live and another attack on Halane base that took place on the same day.

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