Somalia’s opposition calls for limitation of power
Janan has surrendered himself to the Somali government in exchange for $2.3 million offered by NISA head Fahad Yasin.
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Former Jubaland security minister Abdirashid Janan who is wanted for serious crimes in Gedo has for the first time spoke to the media on his surrender to the outgoing Somali government last month.
Janan who is now held in an undisclosed location in Mogadishu described his former long boss Ahmed Madobe as "selfish and a dictator" who doesn't want anyone else to have a say in the decision-making in Jubaland affairs.
Madobe, who once became an Al-Shabaab commander is now Kenya's most powerful ally in Somalia and he rules Jubbaland with an iron fist using his Raskamboni militia and KDF captured the southern port city of Kismayo in late 2012.
Following months of secret negotiations with NISA boss Fahad Yasin, Janan finally defected to Somali authorities in Beled-Hawo town in the Gedo region on March 24 and airlifted to Mogadishu, where he held a door-closed meeting with the outgoing President Farmajo whom they hail from the same clan "Marehaan"
KON has learned that Janan who committed mass killings in Gedo between 2014-2015 has surrendered himself to the Somali government in exchange for $2.3 million offered by NISA head Fahad Yasin.
“Ahmed Madobe wants to conquer Jubbaland land by forces who have no desire to be shared with the power,” he said – adding that in regard to his willingness, made him switch alliance without giving further explanation to substantiate the allegation of whether he was offered 2 million to cease in return.
This is the first accusation Janan has made against Madobe with whom they were in a relationship for a decade – something many could see as politicalized propaganda driven by the Farmajo whose term as Somali president ended on February 8.
Madobe and Farmajo are in bitter deadlock over the control of the Gedo region near the Kenyan border, where thousands of Turkish-trained special forces from the Gorgor brigade have been deployed since last year to fight Jubbaland troops backed by KDF.
The two sides engaged in deadly battles in Beled-Hawo and border areas which claimed the lives of many unarmed civilians and forced hundreds to flee their houses as severe drought has stricken Gedo.
Wadajir Party leader voiced great concern over the harmful pacts that might be engaged in for the individual interest of outgoing President.