Somalia says 'no' to al-Shabaab defector's run for office

Somalia's government has issued a sharp "no" to the candidacy of a high-level al-Shabab defector for a regional presidency.

A statement by the internal security ministry says Mukhtar Robow is not eligible to run for the leadership of the South West region because he is still under sanctions.

Robow is the highest-ranking official to have ever quit the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab. He surrendered to the government last year after the United States cancelled a $5 million reward offered for his capture.

Robow announced his candidacy for the regional presidency this week.

He caused a minor sensation shortly after the massive truck bombing in Mogadishu a year ago when photos showed him donating blood for victims. He also called the bombing that killed well over 500 people an "irreligious" and "heartless" act.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Matric results are out! Are you happy with your child's result?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
No, the pandemic really messed up their ability to focus
34% - 852 votes
Yes, they did well given the circumstances
66% - 1630 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
15.49
-1.0%
Rand - Pound
20.71
-0.2%
Rand - Euro
17.25
+0.0%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.89
+0.2%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.3%
Gold
1,792.23
-1.5%
Silver
22.62
-3.8%
Palladium
2,371.50
+1.6%
Platinum
1,024.00
-1.0%
Brent Crude
89.96
+2.0%
Top 40
67,070
-0.4%
All Share
73,504
-0.4%
Resource 10
75,094
-0.2%
Industrial 25
90,477
-1.1%
Financial 15
15,064
+0.9%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE