Somalia’s NISA Chief urges Hawadle clan to reignite battle against Al-Shabaab

The gathering, led by the Ali Madahweyne subclan of the Hawadle clan, was attended by various groups such as peacekeepers, scholars, academics, young people, women, merchants, politicians, MPs, and officials. Notable participants included the chief of the Macawisley militia and the Vice President of Hirshabelle.

Sanbaloolshe stressed the importance of unity within the community and the need for established leadership, highlighting the significance of securing the Hop 58 parliamentary seat. “I call upon this assembly to produce positive results for President Ali, the Hawadle people, the region, and Somalia,” he stated. “This meeting should end with a firm stance against reigniting conflict with the Khawarij. Unity can accomplish anything, and this gathering should bring joy to the Hawadle clans and other communities.”

The Macawisley militia, named after the vibrant sarong worn by its members, was formed in response to grievances against Al-Shabaab, including excessive taxes, forced child recruitment, and threats. This organization has played a key role in recapturing territories in central Somalia since mid-2022, particularly active in Hirshabelle and Galmudug.

The ongoing military actions by the Macawisley have been vital in pushing back Al-Shabaab. Yet, their emergence has posed several security and political challenges. Though the Somali National Armed Forces and allied militias like the Macawisley have achieved success in combat, integrating these groups into formal security structures in the long run remains complicated.

The revised 2023 National Security Architecture (NSArch) mirrors Somalia’s changing political and security landscape. Initially rolled out in 2017, the NSArch aimed to streamline security responsibilities throughout the federal system. The updated framework now consolidates command and underscores the Federal Government of Somalia’s (FGS) role, expanding the size of the Somali National Army (SNA) and police force while enhancing federal oversight of security matters. This consolidation is crucial as Somalia prepares for the withdrawal of African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) forces by December 2024.

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