Somalia: Political motives behind the removal of Hiiraan commissioner


The recent removal of the Hiiraan Commissioner has sparked controversy and raised concerns about potential political motivations behind the decision. This article aims to explore the possibility that the removal was a political act intended to undermine the president’s policy in combating al-Shabaab and hamper the overall efforts towards achieving peace and stability in the country. 

1. The Significance of the Hiiraan Commissioner’s Role:

The Hiiraan Commissioner holds a crucial position in the administration, responsible for overseeing the implementation of government policies, including security measures and development initiatives in the region. Their role is particularly important in the context of countering the threats posed by extremist groups such as al-Shabaab. 

2. The President’s Anti-Al-Shabaab Policy:

The president has made countering al-Shabaab a top priority in his agenda, aiming to weaken the extremist group’s influence and presence in the country. This policy includes a combination of military operations, intelligence efforts, and community engagement to address the root causes of radicalization.

3. The Impact of the Hiiraan Commissioner’s Removal:

Removing the Hiiraan Commissioner disrupts the chain of command and undermines the implementation of the president’s anti-al-Shabaab policy. It creates a void in the local leadership and coordination, which can have detrimental effects on security operations, intelligence gathering, and collaborative efforts with the community to counter the extremist group. 

4. Political Motives at Play:

There are indications that the removal of the Hiiraan Commissioner was politically motivated, aiming to sabotage the president’s policy. It is essential to examine the possible reasons behind this act, such as disagreements over political affiliations, personal rivalries, or attempts to weaken the president’s authority. 

5. Implications for Peacemaking and Pacification:

The removal of the Hiiraan Commissioner not only affects the fight against al-Shabaab but also has broader implications for national peacemaking and pacification efforts. The commissioner’s role includes promoting reconciliation, community dialogue, and peaceful coexistence among various groups. Removing a competent commissioner who is dedicated to fostering stability and unity in the region undermines these important goals. 

6. The Need for Transparent and Accountable Decision-Making:

To ensure the country’s progress towards peace and stability, it is crucial for decisions related to key appointments, such as the Hiiraan Commissioner, to be based on merit, transparency, and accountability. Political interference can hinder effective governance and hinder progress in areas of security and peacebuilding. 


The removal of the Hiiraan Commissioner raises questions about potential political motives aimed at derailing the president’s anti-al-Shabaab policy and broader efforts towards achieving peace and stability. The government and stakeholders need to address these concerns, promote transparency, and prioritize national interests over political considerations to effectively combat terrorism and advance the country’s peacemaking agenda. 

Dr. Mohamed Hassan Tifow
Cultural Anthropologist and Development Sociologist.

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