MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – African Union envoy Francisco Madeira had launched a blistering attack on Somalia’s Prime Minister, two former presidents and some of the regional leaders against Farmajo before Roble ordered his expulsion from the country on Wednesday night.
In a statement, Roble declared the African Union envoy persona non grata for “engaging in acts that are incompatible with his status” and ordered him to leave the country within 48 hours, drawing rebuke from the President who described the move as “illegitimate”. read more
A leaked audio seemed to show Madeira criticizing Roble, former leaders and the Presidents of Puntland and Jubaland, in what some Somali political stakeholders labeled a violation against the AU peacekeeping mission in the troubled nation.
“Two former presidents, one is a strong opposition. Tell CDF (Chief of Defense Forces) to do this and he says no. If you mention the name of CDF to the Prime Minister he goes up. He hates him and he is from his family,” Madeira said in an undated leaked audio.
“And it is true what happened in Baladweyne and another suicide bomber no one made so much noise about it because no prominent person was killed. But this one this was an MP but now they realized they need to take Farmajo on because the possibility of Farmajo winning for them seems to be there and they need to stop that. Not necessarily the lady herself but the capital she represents for the moment use that to drop Farmajo or another attempt to throw Farmajo.”
Somali opposition leaders support Premier’s decision
Former Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke said the expulsion of African Union envoy will protect the credibility of the new peacekeeping mission that replaced AMISOM.
“This audio is a gross violation of AU’s neutrality. Amb Madeira’s early exit will serve to protect the credibility & the image of ATMIS,” he tweeted. “This must also prompt the AU to appoint a leadership that acts with extra caution in its relations with Somalia’s current political situation.”
Leader of Wadajir opposition party Abdirahman Abdishakur said the expelled representative of the AU Commission chair to Somalia “crossed the line” and “came out to confirm the doubts opposition had of him that he was working for persona interests”.
Abdishakur added that Madeira has been in the country for seven years “under the protection” of the incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
Other opposition figures, including former NISA chief Ahmed Moalim Fiqi and parliamentarian Mahad Salad accused Madeira of bias and of being in the payroll of Somali President’s office.
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