Eritrea-trained Somali Troops to Return Home as Gov’t Plans to Hijack Elections, Opposition Figure Says

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MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Thousands of Somali troops trained in Eritrea are due to return home to help seize key cities including Puntland’s adminstrative capital, Garowe as part of the current acting president’s efforts to hijack upcoming elections, the leader of Wadajir opposition party Abdirahman Abdishakur said on Thursday.

The soldiers had been deceived with promises that they would be taken to Qatar to guard the World Cup before being transported to Eritrea, Mr Abdishakur noted.

Some of them died fighting in foreign wars. Others died of hardship, disease and hunger. Now, thousands of them will be brought back soon so they could be used in a civil war by people who want to sieze the country by force. The plan is for these soldiers to be deployed in Baidoa, Mogadishu and Galkayo, to be used for the violent seizure of Buale, Mogadishu and Garowe,” the opposition figure tweeted.

Farmajo will never hand over power through elections and so we must stop him now before he leads us to chaos and civil war. The parents who were deceived before must not allow for their sons and daughters to be doomed, and we will beside them, as well,” he added.

Somali government has not immediately commented on the claims by the opposition figure. Somaliguardian has not been able to verify his assertion independantly, which comes months after the federal government promised that the soldiers will be flied back home following reports of their participation in Ethiopia’s conflict which prompted thousands of families whose sons are missing to stage protests across the country.

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