Somalia’s govt fires top security advisor over comments on controversial changes in constitution


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s government on Tuesday fired a leading security expert and an advisor with the Ministry of Internal Security Samira Gaid over her comments on the parliament’s recent approval of controversial changes in the constitution, drawing rebuke from opposition.

Samira Gaid has been working with the Ministry of Internal Security as an advisor on a project named the “European Union Security and Justice Governance and Accountability Project (SJGAP)” which is funded by the EU.

Opposition leader and a member of parliament Abdirahman Abdishakur criticized the move, calling for a parliament investigation into the matter.

“It is unfortunate that a government minister openly threatened a fellow citizen for expressing her opinion, which led to the termination of her consulting job. It is ironic that those who used to criticize the previous regime for targeting citizens based on their opinions are now engaging in similar actions. The misuse of power, particularly against women and marginalized communities, creates a strong sense of injustice. I strongly urge the Justice and Judiciary Committee of the Parliament to intervene and investigate this matter to prevent similar practices in the future,” Abdishakur said on X.

“I also call on independent media to investigate and civil society groups to condemn these actions. It seems that we are not learning from our past, as historical evidence shows that injustice, corruption, nepotism, and the abuse of power have often resulted in the collapse of states. Suppressing opinions is the preferred weapon for insecure regimes that fear criticism. It is a tactics to hide their own weaknesses and lack of competence.”

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