The Cabinet of Ministers of Somalia’s Puntland State on Thursday issued stern warning against two international non-governmental organisations including one under the United Nations for writing and disseminating a damning report on the region’s security.
In a statement released shortly after Puntland’s weekly cabinet meeting, Puntland officials informed non-governmental agencies including those involved in the aid to avoid to assume such reports as the true face in the ground.
“Puntland cabinet of minister noted the existence of foreign agencies operating in Puntland who tend to implement hidden agendas of writing and disseminating erroneous reports against Puntland to create instability and tarnish the reputation of Puntland and its people.” Said Puntland cabinet’s press release sent to newsrooms later on Thursday which Somali Update Online received a copy of it.
The statement did not name the alleged organizations involving in the dissemination of the said fallacious information.
“Therefore, the cabinet decided that these organizations will no longer operate in Puntland as their employees have to face the justice.” added the statement.
SECURITY ASSESSMENT IN PUNTLAND
A fact finding conducted by Somali Update Online has learnt that Puntland top officials were enraged by recently published security assessment reports by two organizations namely United Nations Department of Security and Safety which is an element of the United Nations Security Management System and the Non-Governmental Organization Safety Program (NSP). Both agencies are Nairobi-based but have local presence in Somalia.
The reports which months after another damning report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (UNSEMG) on the region’s security failure, noted the increasing influence of Al-Shabab and Daesh (ISIS) militant groups as the researchers of the report indicated Puntland authority was still implementing “catch-and-release” policy, where detained suspects are set free, despite credible evidence of ties to Al Shabaab militant group.
The reports further pointed to the deteriorating situation of the relative stability in Puntland, strengthening militants presence in Puntland region, which will become a save destination for exodus of fighters fleeing offensive from Somali troops and allied AMISOM forces in central and southern Somalia.