Galmudug and ASWJ to sign historic merger in Dhusamareb today

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

The Galmudug administration and Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) are today expected to sign a historic agreement in Dhusamareb, an event to be presided over by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo’, some of the regional state leaders and representatives from the international community.

President Farmaajo, who is on the final leg of his ‘peace and reconciliation’ tour, arrived in Dhusamareb on Tuesday evening to witness the official merger of Galmudug and ASWJ. Some of the regional state leaders are also in Dhusamarreeb including Hirshabelle’s president Mohamed Abdi Waare, while others are supposed to be arriving there today.

However, Jubbaland President Ahmed Madobe, in a statement, said that he canceled his trip to Dhusamareb due to important tasks he will be undertaking in Kismayo and expected visits to some of the towns in Jubbaland.

Galmudug and ASWJ officials held several talks in Dhusamarreb ahead of the key event. Meanwhile, President Farmaajo yesterday held talks with Galmudug and ASWJ officials, encouraging both sides to respect and implement the deal.

Leaders of Galmudug State and the moderate Sufi paramilitary group, Ahlu-Sunna Waljama’a penned a political power-sharing deal in early December aimed at uniting the factions in central Somali regions following years of friction.