Somalia Warns Traders against Financing to Al-Shabaab

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    Somalia Warns Traders against Financing to Al-Shabaab

    MOGADISHU, July 23 (Horn Observer) Somalia government on Saturday said it deems serious crime to offer any sort of support or finance to Al-Shabaab whether it is on business, politics, giving shelter, contacting and moral support, officials said in a

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Somalia security chiefs on Press briefing in Mogadishu on Saturday night.
MOGADISHU, July 23 (Horn Observer) Somalia government on Saturday said it deems serious crime to offer any sort of support or finance to Al-Shabaab whether it is on business, politics, giving shelter, contacting and moral support, officials said in a joint press briefing.

Somalia’s minister of security Mohamed Abdukar Islow and commanders in-chief of the National Intelligence and Security Agency and local police have held a joint press conference on Sunday giving a further details on the recent government order to prevent any kind of support to Al-Shabaab rebel group.

The minister of security said it would be a crime for the citizens to offer any sort of support to the terror group Al-Shabaab whether it is on business, politics, giving shelter, contacting and moral support.

The commander in-chief of the National Intelligence and Security Agency Abdulahi Mohamed Ali (Sanbaloolshe) said the terror group Al-shabaab receives taxation revenue from the business and wealthy people which was dubbed by the name of Islamic Zakah (alms) and fee for penalty.

Among the articles issued on the statement are below

1- No more tolerance to any financial support to Al-shabaab.
2-Anyone who give money to Al-shabaab will face penalty with no excuse to the claims of threats by the group.
3-Traders are firmly warned to support Al-Shabaab with money.
4-a bad consequence for anyone who accepts Al-Shabaab as an existing administration
5-All the money transfer companies (Hawala) in the country should not hold or transfer money for Al-shabaab.
6. The telecommunication companies should not facilitate any communication services.
7-From tonight on, any trader who travels to the Al-Shabaab stronghold areas and bring money to them would face arrest and his property would be confiscated and anyone who opposes these will be see tough measures.

Among the companies targeted in the order include the telecom companies and the Hawalas. Business people have been sending money to Shabab in exchange for safety since the group was ousted from Mogadishu in 2011, according media reports citing interviews of traders.

Many analysts believe that the imposition of the new orders against the business community has been made on hustle given the government’s inability to provide security to the business community in exchange for stopping financing to Shabab. Al Shabaab is believed to collected funds from the business people as a sort of lifeline to survive in addition to the charcoal business and its not clear how far the government’s orders will be put into action.

Recently, seven school heads were nabbed in the town of Jowhar in Middle Shabelle region for colluding with Al-Shabaab in a bid to change the school curriculum. There has been also reported cases where people living in rural areas of Southern and Central Somalia to seek justice for Shabaab courts, an act which the government banned.

Mohamed Abdi contributed reporting from the Netherlands


- Horn Observer -


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