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Abdulahi Mohamed Shirwac, the chairman of Somalia's disaster and management agency, resigned his post after pressure from the prime minister and president on how he should manage the agency.
“The chairman of the agency said there was mismanagement inside government. He was getting different orders from different offices,” according to a government source who spoke to Somalia Report.
Mr. Shirwac confirmed his resignation to Somalia Report and said he sent an official letter to President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Prime Minister Abdiweli Gaas, but refused to elaborate on the reasons behind his resignation.
“What I can tell you is that I resigned and I have already sent my letter to both leaders. They called me back and I gave them all documents that I have. I will explain more when I'm ready," he said.
Officials close to presidential house stated that President Sharif accepted the resignation letter.
Ali Abdirahman Ahmed, chairman of the agency's responding committee, said he is the new temporary manager of the agency.
“He resigned and I’m just managing the agency for now. Maybe next week a new chairman will be nominated or elected,” Ali told Somalia Report.
Abdulahi Shirwac became the chairman of Somali disaster and management agency in September 2011 and has succeeded in resettling thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were dying of hunger and fleeing famine and war in southern Somalia. Abdi Hussein, a Somali humanitarian activist, believes that his resignation will damage the reputation of the agency.
Protests in Badbaado
Meanwhile hundreds of internally displaced persons IDPs, mainly women and children, gathered in Badbaado camp on Wednesday to protest against the alleged looting of aid by police forces.
“I saw government police soldiers carrying the food so we called the military and finally the military succeeded to stop the looting,” Mustaf Sheikh, a Badbaado resident said.
Ali Abdirahman Ahmed denied the looting and said that police were ordered to carry about 50 sacks of sugar.
"That is what we told them to do. I signed the letter that said allowed them to transport the sugar. Nothing was looted," he explained to Somalia Report.