The Sultan arrived in Mogadishu by air on Thursday from Somaliland.
The purpose of the Somaliland traditional leader’s visit to Mogadishu was still unknown. But it is worth recalling that the Sultan was among a number of personalities who have recently called for the application of the Islamic Sharia law in Somaliland.
However Somaliland government officials who were aware about the Sultan’s departure were shocked by the news that he has surfaced in Mogadishu.
According to knowledgeable sources, the Sultan had sometime earlier this month informed the Somaliland authorities of his intentions to go to Nairobi for a medical check up and treatment. The government is even reported to have given the Sultan an amount of money as financial assistance.
Sultan Mire was booked on a last Thursday flight to Nairobi. Initially, a number of government sources thought he could have been stuck in Mogadishu as a result of flight problems. However government officials felt furious and embarrassed following the confirmation of Mire’s meeting with leaders of Mogadishu’s Islamic Courts.
It was still unclear for how long the traditional leader will stay in Mogadishu or whether he will proceed to Nairobi or not.
Source: Somaliland Times