MOGADISCIO- The African Union (AU) on Saturday called for restraint over the current political stalemate in Somalia ahead of the regional elections.
Francisco Madeira, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia and Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), said in a statement issued in Mogadishu that the latter did not had not participated in the arrest on Thursday of former number two shebab, Muktar Robow, presidential candidate for the southwest region in the elections next Wednesday.
"I call on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint in resolving the problems related to the current situation in the country and the forthcoming elections" in the southwestern region of Somalia, said Mr. Madeira in a
"AMISOM will continue to carry out its mandate in close cooperation with the people and government of Somalia, with full respect for their laws, culture and values," he added.
Somali security forces on Thursday arrested former Shebab number two, Sheik Muktar Robow Ali, presidential candidate for the south-west region of Somalia, in the city of Baidoa.
The Department of Homeland Security stated that Mr. Robow deployed weapons to Baidoa, adding that the former rebel leader did not respect certain conditions of the agreement he had signed with the government.
According to the ministry, the government does not want the former Shebab leader to take action that undermines the governance system and the federal member states.
Robow surrendered to the Somali authorities in August 2017 after lengthy negotiations that led to his defection. He then remained for one year at the headquarters of the National Intelligence and Security Agency in Mogadishu.
He was a candidate in the regional elections scheduled for December 19th.