‘Demonstration in Mogadishu by Soldiers in the Somali Army’, al-Somal al-Youm (Somalia), 9th February 2014

In a strange turn of events the Chief of Staff for the Somali Armed Forces announces the demobilization of soldiers fighting for the Federal Somali Government. The reason is not explained, but surely this will only fuel further instability and broaden the labour-pool for insurgent groups.

تظاهرة لجنود من الجيش الصومالي في مقديشو

February 09, 2014

مقديشو (الصومال اليوم): قام جنود من القوات المسلحة الصومالية بتظاهرة احتجاجية أمس السبت في مقديشو.

كان الجنود يشكون من القرار الذي أصدره قائد أركان الجيش الصومالي الجنرال طاهر آدم علمي في تسريحهم من مهنة الجيش.

ذكر بعض الجنود أنهم عملوا مع القوات المسلحة الصومالية في مدة طويلة، ثم أصبح جزاؤهم الاعفاء عن عضويتهم من الجيش.

وطلب من مسئولي الحكومة الفيدرالية النظر في قضية وإعطاء حقوقهم في الانتماء إلى الجيش الصومالي.

أعلن قائد أركان الجيش الصومالي الجنرال طاهر آدم علمي أنهم قاموا بتسريح بعض من جنود الجيش عن العمل، لانشغالهم بأعمال خاصة غير مهنة الجيش.

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Translation

Demonstration in Mogadishu by Soldiers in the Somali Army 

9th February 2014

Mogadishu (Somalia Today) Soldiers from the Somali Armed Forces staged a protest on Saturday yesterday in Mogadishu.

The soldiers complained about the decision issued by the Chief of Staff for the Somali Military, General Tahir Adam ‘Almi, for demobilizing the professional army.

Some of the soldiers said that they worked for the Somali Armed Forces for a long time, then they were rewarded for their membership with their exemption.

Officials from the Federal Government were asked to look into the case and give (the soldiers) their right to belong to the Somali Army.

The Chief of Staff for the Somali Army, General Tahir Adam ‘Almi, announced that they laid off some of the soldiers due to their concern for (enough) workers in private businesses, rather than occupy (these workers) in military careers.

Translated by Robert Forster.

Article available at al-Somal al-Youm.

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