Somalia: Government appoints new Police Chief


Somalia’s federal government appointed on Thursday a new chief for the country’s law enforcement force.

A former minister was named to head the vacant position in a ministerial meeting chaired by Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali. The position since October last year after the former late chief Mohamed Hassan passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.

General Mohamed Hassan Hamud previously served as the defence minister before the cabinet was ousted by the parliament following the political bickering between the President and ex-Prime minister.

His appointment could not come at a more critical time. The security of Mogadishu has been worsening since the beginning of the year following deadly attacks launched by the al-Shabaab extremists.

Last week, Intelligence officials warned of fresh attacks by the group and revealed that they are planning to attack gathering places.

In a statement released after the meeting, the ex-spy Chief Gen. Bashir Goobe was also appointed as the new head of the Custodial corps.