Information Minister suspends lease to construct restaurant in the National Theatre
Somali government has suspended the lease of constructing a restaurant in the National Theatre by a private catering company on Monday night. In a statement, Somalia's Minister of Information, Osman Abukar Dubbe said Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble ordered the suspension of the lease. "Following the order of the Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble, I have suspended the lease of constructing a restaurant in the National Theatre until further notice,'' According to sources, the area, which is part of the theatre building was leased to Hawa Taako Company. The National Theatre was opened in 1967 and serves as an important cultural landmark in the national capital. It was closed during the civil war and government forces and peacekeepers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) ousted Al-Shabaab from the capital’s centre in 2012, the venue was repaired and reopened – however, Al-Shabaab militants destroyed it just 15 days after the opening with a suicide bombing. It was refurbished and opened to the public last in June. .