The leading opposition party in Somaliland has dismissed a report aired by the government-run radio that links some public figures with the Al Shabaab, a militant group waging war in south central Somalia.
A press statement issued by the Kulmiye opposition party said the report on Radio Hargeisa has seriously dinted the image of top figures in Somaliland’s political landscape.
“On 5th May, Radio Hargeisa aired a provocative and terrifying report that some national leaders have links with Al-Shabaab. The regime has told us earlier that Al-Shabaab is the enemy that attack the presidential palace, UNDP office and Ethiopian Consul in Hargeisa,” the statement read.
“Is it not undercutting for the people by the regime to label national leaders such as Abdiaziz Mohammed Samale, Dr. Mohammed Abdi Gabose and Mohammed Hashi Elmi as enemies?”
The Somaliland administration led by President Dahir Riyale Kahin has previously accused some members of Kumiye of having links with Al-Shabaab, claims which the party has strongly rejected and urged to be avoided.
Somaliland re-declared independence from the rest of the Somaliland in 1991 but has not gained international recognition yet.