Somalia: Spiral of oppression in Jubaland ahead of presidential elections


MOGADISHU— Somalia’s Jubaland President Ahmed Mohamed Islam known as Ahmed Madobe has allegedly carried out harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests, fabricated charges and unfair trials, ahead of state’s presidential election leadership.

President Ahmed Madobe is employing in a downward spiral of oppression in the run up to the presidential election in southern Somalia that was slated later this year in August.

Heavily armed forces loyal to Mr. Ahmed Madobe carried out harassment, intimidation.

It is too hard to keep up with the sheer number and the speed at which dissenters are being persecuted, according to a source, who asked to be anonymous because of reprisal attack.

He says dozens of people are currently behind bars solely for expressing their views or taking peaceful action.

On Wednesday, heavily armed forces fired live bullets at dozens of people, who converged to welcome Federal MP after landing at the airport in the coastal town of Kismayo.

He says the forces had tortured some of people, who were planning to welcome the lawmaker, who airlifted from Somali capital Mogadishu to Kismayo.

The media, critical and pro-democracy groups and opposition parties have come under attack, according to reliable sources.

The state is currently headed by Ahmed Madoobe or Blackie, who was elected in May 2013 after leading a Somali force to recapture the southern port city of Kismayo from al Shabaab with the help of Kenyan army forces under African Union mission in Somalia.

The  international partners concerned deeply about the reports of harassment, intimidation, ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests made by Jubaland President Ahmed Madobe and his loyal forces in the coastal town of Kismayo.

Kismayo, a town lies some 500km south of Somali capital Mogadishu.