Former president of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has taken a war of words against the current president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, and his Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre following Somali Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) directive barring him to board a flight to the southern city of Kismayu on Sunday.
Prior to the incident, SCAA issued an order for all airlines flying to Kismayu to seek clearance from the authorities 24 hours before their scheduled flight.
Sheikh Sharif has criticized the government accusing the president and the PM of ruling the country on iron fist.
In a press conference, Sharif said, “I am a warlord and people expected me to cling to power and but I turned down. It is unfortunate that people [ Farmaajo and Khayre] who have lived in America and Europe [under democracy] could be such authoritarian”.
Sheikh Sharif was the president from 2009 to 2012. He named Farmaajo prime minister. Farmaaj had resigned after 7 months in office in 2011 following The Kampala Accord which extended the TFG rule until August 2012.
It is believed the government barred flights to Kismayu following Jubaland locals elections results mired by conflicting regional interests which the Federal government and the International Community did not recognize. Last month in shadowy elections three presidents were elected in Kismayu; Ahmed Madobe, Abdinasir seeraar and Abdirashid Hiddig.
Somalia wants to build momentum after Twenty years of civil war which had a dramatic effect on Somalis.