Somalia: Puntland to send Majerten militants to Kismayo

Reports from the self-clan regional administration of Puntland in Somalia say plans are underway to deploy 2000 militants from Majerten clan to Kismayo to help the Ogadeni militants, who recently captured the city with the support of Ogaden men in Kenyan army.

Following an emergency cabinet meeting chaired by Puntland President, Abdirahman Mohamed Farole, the administration decided to implement the deployment plans as soon as possible. Farole told the meeting that the Majerteh clan interest in Kismayo cannot be protected fully by the Ogaden militants in Kismayo, so the suitable way will be military involvement.

The cabinet has unanimously agreed the military operation in Kismayo, which will be followed by another programme of settling thousands fof Majerten clan members from Boosaaso, Garow, Gaalkacyo and other towns to Kismayo.

The Majerten clan is among the clans that claim the ownership pf Jubbaland, despite the fact their number in Kismayo city does not exceed 20 to 30 families.

Jubbaland has been in crisis in since 1960, when some Somali leaders launched programs to settle their clan members in the region, and displacing the indigenous people.

In 1991 the Darod clan members led by their warlords committed genocide against the indigenous people that killed thousands of people and displaced many of them.

Source: Wagoshanews

Nairobi, Desk

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