Beleaguered PM Khaire To Make Reshuffle As Somalia Faces Crisis
In his speech during the National Flag Day a visibly angered Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire for the first time publicly vented his frustration as the government faced continued crisis with strained relation between Mogadishu and Federal member states but beside that, according to sources was the pressure of a planned cabinet reshuffle. "I am not a coward" he said in an apparent reaction to criticism documented in the Kismayo communique. A day later Defence Minister Abdirashid Abdullahi would tender his resignation alongside Army Chief Ahmed Jimale making it public another simmering crisis in Somalia this time on the PM's door step. Radio Dalsan has learnt from reliable sources that a cabinet reshuffle is in the offing in a few days to come and the PM has been burning the midnight oil to come up with a list that will be acceptable to the public which has been at an all time critical of the government in the wake of the Qalbi Dhagax Fiasco where the ONLF leader was extradited to Ethiopia and the Galmudug crisis. It is not clear from the sources whether the impending reshuffle will be a major or minor one but what is certain is that the Premier would want to mend fences with the public and be seen to be in charge in the face of crisis. In the days to come there will be losers and winners but who is likely to be shown the door in the planned reshuffle? Going by the predicament that fell on Defence Minister Abdullahi the PM will be closely looking at the performance scores in all the portfolios. Abdullahi resigned,say sources, as a result of recent series of attacks on Somalia National Army military bases where tens of soldiers were killed by the militant group Alshabaab. An assessment on all the ministry and public perception would therefore put as in a position to come up with likely replacements. The interior Ministry under Abdi Farah Saeed Juha is a sensitive and significant portfolio in a country merging from over two decades of civil war. Juha recently came into public scrutiny when he fired his DG with no consultation with his boss the Prime Minister of Somalia. There was a public outcry over the move by the minister to an extend the PM had to intervene in a public relation exercise. Juha has also been accused of being an off hand Minister aloof of the security matters in the country whose capital has been a victim of continued suicide bombings and assassinations. "The buck in matters security especially in the capital Mogadishu stops with the Interior Minister. How well has he performed. Has he been able to put an end or in the least reduced bombings and assassinations? The answer to that would likely determine his future in Khaire's cabinet" Abdi Warsame a security analyst told Radio Dalsan. There has been concerns about alleged absenteeism and supposed numerous trips abroad at the expense of the tax payer in a period of crisis. Another key ministry that has been under public scrutiny lately has been Foreign Affairs. Last week a debate rose over supposed aloofness of Minister Yusuf Garad as the country faced crisis within as a result of what was happening in the Gulf. A photo of Garad as the best man at a Nairobi wedding of one of President Farmaajo's assistant triggered public debate. His critics pointed out supposed disconnect to the happenings in Somalia especially at a time when regional states were raising concern over the need to have then included in foreign affairs matters that directly affect them. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has also been under scrutiny recently following a controversial decision by the Minister Khadra Ahmed Dualle to to dissolve the Somalia Chamber of Commerce. Insiders say relations between the Chamber of Commerce and the Minister has been at an all time low consequently affecting the running of the body. Radio Dalsan has learnt that no consultation was made with the PM prior to the controversial move by Dualle. These are indeed tough times for the Premier who is in his maiden year in politics as he embarks on a balancing act to mend fences with the public in the wake of increased criticism as the country faces a crisis.