Somalia Gov’t Bars Politician Warsame From Giving Lecture
The Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency on Thursday cancelled a planned lecture by politician Abdirahman Warsame titled “Somalia: Current Events in Geopolitical Context”. “Commander of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has postponed a lecture where I was to talk about the current political competition in the region and how it can possibly affect Somalia” he said in a Facebook post. “The management of Sahafi Hotel which was the venue of my lecture notified us that NISA has ordered the meeting to be postponed” he explained. Warsame says that the management of the hotel was not given the reason for the order. “This action clearly breaks the law of the country” he said. He accused the spy agency NISA of being used to crash on dissenting voices. The former presidential candidate’s Mogadishu home was raided by NISA agents on December 17, 2017, injuring him and later arresting him. Five of the wadajir Party leader’s bodyguards were killed in the raid. He was released from detention after a week and later apprehended at a court to face treasonable charges. The court has, however, set him free for lack of substantial evidence against him.