Somalia: The new National Security law for Mogadishu

Mogadishu (HAN) August 17, 2014. Security and Public diplomacy news. The new Somali cabinet meeting that was attended by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, the Somali cabinet ratified the recently launched disarmament operation in the capital Mogadishu.

The Minister provided details on various issues including: UN Under Secretary General for Safety & Security’s visit to Mogadishu; the visit of the Danish Minister for Trade and Development Co-operation, Mogens Jensen to Mogadishu; the opening of new offices for the Ministry of Youth; the UNSC’s historic visit to Somalia; the Government’s consultations in Baidoa; the progress of the Stabilization Plan in Mogadishu; and the review of each ministry’s progress.

“The Somali federal cabinet agreed that all arms possessed by civilians be surrendered or registered with the Ministry of National Security,” Somalia National Security Spokesman, Mohammed Yousuf, told Geeska Afrika Online security reporter in Mogadishu.

“Failure to do so will lead to the confiscation of the weapons and punishment,” he added over the phone.

Information Minister, Mustafa Duhulow, meanwhile, said in a statement that the cabinet had agreed to ban independent militia groups, clan militias and organized armed groups in the capital Mogadishu.

“According to the law, the National Security Forces and anybody licensed to hold light arms is legally allowed to hold them, but anybody else is not allowed to do so,” Duhulow added.

The cabinet also decided to take stern action against media outlets that incite the public and threaten national security.


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