Somali authorities have beefed up security in the capital Mogadishu and its environs ahead of the inauguration of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Thursday.
Somali Police Commissioner Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijar on Wednesday appealed to the security forces to enhance security to ensure the success of the ceremony.
Hijar said there will be a heavy presence of the troops to step up security in the city, noting that some of the streets will be closed in some parts in a bid to fend off terror attacks by al-Shabab.
The security forces have already erected barriers in some streets along the city as they checked vehicles to deter terror threats by al-Shabab which has been fighting to overthrow the government.
The terror group has staged several suicide bombings, roadside blasts, and assassinations that have caused daily threats to the government troops and allied forces.
Prime Minister Mohamed Roble has appealed to the residents to be patient with the extra security measures that will affect the traffic and the public movements in the capital during the inauguration ceremony of the country’s tenth president.
The ministry of foreign affairs said dignitaries from more than 20 countries among them Heads of State and government will attend the inauguration of Mohamud as the country’s tenth president following his victory in the presidential race held on May 15.
The 67-year-old Mohamud, who served as Somalia’s president between 2012 and 2017, defeated Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) who conceded his defeat and urged Somalis to rally behind the new president to develop Somalia. Enditem