Somalia’s outgoing president accused of war crimes

The presidential candidate has been a fierce critic of Farmajo for the past four years.

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Somalia’s outgoing president accused of war crimes

MOGADISHU, Somalia - The leader of the Wadajir party Abdirahman Abdishakur Warsame has blamed the outgoing Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo for committing war crimes in the country during his four-year presidency.

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu on Tuesday, Warsame who is a frontrunner presidential candidate said Farmajo is trying to cover up his crimes in the coming election which was marred by a dispute over its process for six months.

"I want to tell the people of Somalia at large that the outgoing president to use the next election as a tool to hide the crime he perpetrated in the country, including dispatching youths secretly to a foreign country to take part outside war," he added.

Warsame has called on Somali PM Mohamed Hussein Roble to declare his stance on the missing youths reportedly killed while fighting in the Tigray region along with Ethiopian and Eritrean troops last year.

"I want the Prime minister to meet with the parents whose children are still missing and clarify his position on this issue," said the candidate, who also urged the leaders of the Federal States in Somalia to play their role in search of the lost sons who were recruited from across the country secretly.

Warsame's remarks come hours after the UN issued a report confirming that Somali soldiers who have been undergoing training in Eritrea crossed into the Ethiopian border and involved in the fight against TPLF last year.

The Somali government has repeatedly denied the claims as "baseless" and insisted that the soldiers in Eritrea will return home after finishing their training without providing the exact date of their comeback. 


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