News) -- Somali President
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed ‘Farmaajo’ has promised to rid
Mogadishu of Al-Shabaab militants who have continued to
kill and maim innocent civilians in the capital city.
Speaking during the Somali National Army (SNA) 57th
anniversary celebrations held in Mogadishu, President
Farmaajo asked the militants to take advantage of the
amnesty issued recently, warning that those continuing
to commit acts of terror will face the full force of the
"We will look everywhere.
"We will use the same tactics that we used in the
past and we will liberate the country with the
capability of our troops," President Farmaajo said at
the function attended by top military and government
officials, senior African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
officers led by Force Commander, Lt. General Osman Noor
Soubagleh, and representatives of the international
The head of state recognized top SNA and AMISOM
military officers who took part in the 2011 offensive
that liberated the city from Al-Shabaab, among them, the
current Contingent Commander of Uganda People’s Defence
Force, Brig. Kayanja Muhanga, and the former AMISOM
Force Commander, now Uganda’s Deputy Ambassador to
Somalia, Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha.
He noted that he will deploy the same tactics that
forced out Al-Shabaab from the capital city and other
His administration, he emphasized, was ready to
dialogue if the militants take advantage of the amnesty,
but promised to pursue them if they don’t renounce
"The leaders of Al-Shabaab should know that they are
not destroying the Government of Somalia.
"The Government has international support and a large
"You are destroying property and killing your
"The leaders of Al-Shabaab should know that they have
been fighting for the last 10 years and we have
patiently waited to negotiate.
"If you refuse the peace that we are extending to
you, we will come after you wherever you are.
"I am asking you to stop killing people.
"Let us negotiate, disarm and develop the country,"
the President stated, urging the public to brace for a
major offensive that will be jointly undertaken by the
SNA and AMISOM.
As part of ongoing efforts to rebuild the army,
President Farmaajo pledged to tackle corruption and
address the welfare of soldiers.
He paid glowing tribute to AMISOM for the role it has
played in pacifying the country but noted that for the
SNA to be able to play its part, effectively, there is
need to have a clean and dedicated leadership, which the
administration has started putting in place.
On his part, the Defense Minister, Abdirashid
Abdullahi Mohamed, challenged the SNA to strive and
regain it lost glory, urging the military to ensure
humanitarian aid reaches drought victims in various
parts of the country, by opening main supply routes
connecting the major towns.
Mr. Mohamed reminded those present that the army in
1975 had helped deal with a similar drought that hit the
"Today we have the same drought like the one before.
"The people are expecting you to open up main supply
routes and fight the enemy so that you save vulnerable
people; the elderly, women and children.
"I am directing you to fight and defend the country.
"Our biggest enemy is internal and the enemy is
harassing our people.
"Without getting rid of the enemy, it is difficult to
have development," the Defence Minister observed.
The SNA Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. Mohamed
Ahmed Jimale reiterated Mr. Mohamed’s sentiments, saying
the Somali security forces must work extra hard to bring
back peace and security to the whole country.
"I want the Somali National Army to be consolidated
"Our most dangerous enemy is inside and we need to
fight this enemy who is killing innocent people," Gen.
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