Mogadishu mayor orders telcos’ branches shut

9 Jul 2007

The mayor of Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu, Mohammed Dheere, has decreed that that the Heliwa district branches of two local telcos, Hormuud Telecom and Telcom Somalia, must close down. Dheere accused the firms of assisting insurgents battling with the transitional government and Ethiopian troops based in Mogadishu, saying that shots had been fired at Somali troops from the Hormuud building in Heliwa, north of the capital. The mayor added that a large cache of arms had been confiscated from Telcom Somalia when troops searched the operator’s office, noting that when originally asked to give up its arms by the government back in December 2006, the company only gave up four small guns.