(19-11-23)GAROWE — Garowe, the capital of Somalia’s Nugal region, is witnessing escalating tensions as President Said Deni’s government and opposition forces brace for potential conflict. The city’s usually bustling streets are now overshadowed by the presence of armed forces and military vehicles, triggering widespread anxiety among its inhabitants.
Sources reveal that a substantial contingent of the UAE-trained Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF), numbering around 20 vehicles, has entered Garowe from Bosaso, intensifying the existing stand-off. This military movement coincides with heightened political stakes over the impending implementation of a new electoral law, championed by President Deni’s administration, advocating a ‘one-person, one-vote’ system.
Local businesses, schools, and transport services are experiencing significant disruption due to these developments, affecting the daily lives of residents. The opposition has vehemently criticized President Deni, alleging that his recent actions are an overt preparation for conflict, a claim yet to be addressed by the Puntland presidency.
Amidst this unfolding crisis, foreign aid workers have been seen leaving Garowe, as evidenced by videos circulating on social media. Their departure underscores the international community’s concern over the situation’s volatility.
While the Puntland government remains silent on the issue, the opposition has issued stern warnings of a potential outbreak of violence. The focus now shifts to the Puntland parliament, where the controversial electoral law is expected to be debated this week, a development that could significantly influence the region’s political landscape.