Somalia’s plans to cater for its own security needs without the backing of the African Union peacekeeping mission have been hit by striking action by government soldiers in at least three of their bases located in the critical Shabelle region.
The vacated bases are in Somalia’s Middle Shabelle region, one of the troops’ commanders Col. Abdi Mohamed Ahmed told Reuters, adding that the arrangement was to protest about non payment of salaries for four months.
The military soldiers here have not taken salaries for four months. We are now on (the) way to Mogadishu, Ahmed said.
It is painful to be in the frontline and fighting al Shabaab while your wife and kids are starving. he added.
Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheire told government news agency SONNA on Tuesday only soldiers not registered had not been paid.
“Let the commanders register the unpaid soldiers. After that let the commanders ask me the salaries,” he said.