Somalia Army Mutineers Warn Embattled President Over Another Power Grab Attempt

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – A senior commander of the opposition-aligned army mutineers warned outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on Friday against attempting power grab again after recent violence and pressure from the international community forced him to roll back an extension of his term in office.

General Ali Osoble Aray, better known as Ga’mo Dulle addressing mutinous soldiers shortly before their withdrawal from the capital said they would not accept that the country is steered again towards dictatorship and warned the outgoing president of trying to rule the war-torn nation by force.

Responding to comments made by government officials who described army mutineers as “militias”, Ga’mo Dulle denied the remarks, saying that the soldiers are from the most powerful divisions of the army, who opposed power grab attempts and efforts to conquer the country by force.

He told the soldiers returning to their bases in the Middle Shabelle region that their complaints over salaries and ranks will soon be addressed, and urged them to continue playing a role in the fight against Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist group Al-Shabaab, which controls vast swathes of territory in southern Somalia.

Parliamentarian Mahad Salad, who is one of the opposition leaders who spoke to the mutineers alleged that there are government officials trying to undermine an agreement signed between the prime minister and opposition leaders to deescalate tensions and demilitarize the capital Mogadishu, though he did not mention their names.

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