Mogadishu’s Jazeera Residents Cry Foul Over Eviction Order
The residents of Jazeera in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district are complaining about an eviction order against them, Radio Dalsan reports. Representatives of the residents have complained that they could not reach to leaders of Banadir regional administration to address the matter. “We reached the Banadir headquarter. We were looking for the leaders of the region for three days but we could not get them” said Yussuf Ali who is an affected resident. “Doors were locked from us and we were told through a message that we should meet a committee set up for the issue” said Mr. Ali. “We were given names of the said committee but we are making it clear that they are not a committee for us” added Mr. Ali. The locals accused Banadir Regional Administration and Defence Ministry for being behind the eviction order. On March 1, angry residents on a demonstration against the order walked along a road that passes in front of the Turkish military base in the area while chanting the slogan “we don’t want displacement”. “The order that has caused this tension was issued on February 17, when they came here and said that this land is a military land and Mayor of the city said we have given it out” said Sheikh Mohamed Kulmiye who was one of the demonstrators. “The people who live here do not deserve that and it does not make sense to them. Because they were there and were not consulted” the Sheikh said. “We love our military but it has many camps and there are no pressing challenges that makes it take over this land.” Sheikh Kulmiye concluded. On February 18, 2018, Governor of Banadir region and Mayor of Mogadishu presided over the allocation of the said land in Jazeera to Somali National Army. The Turkish government was to use the land to open a modern military training camp for SNA.