The military commander of the 60th division of the Somali National Armed Forces, General Ibrahim Yarow Isaq has directed his men not to interfere with the forthcoming elections and urged them to fully commit themselves to execute their constitutional obligations.
With just 17 days to the Southwest presidential poll, reports of security forces involvement in the ongoing electioneering activities in Baidoa have emerged, thus the warning from the SNA commander.
General Yarrow said the army has nothing to do with the elections and other related issues .
Our work, he stressed, is security: “I ordered the army to avoid visiting election sites. Our work is to provide security. Any soldier found involving in election-related affairs will face stern actions in accordance with the law”.
The commander’s call comes amid charged political atmosphere in Baidoa, coupled with allegations towards the Somali government for its alleged support and financing of certain presidential candidates.