Somali cabinet appoints new intelligence, corps and police commanders


The Cabinet Ministers of Somalia’s Federal Government have on Monday announced the appointment of new commanders of the Police Force and Intelligence Service.

Hussein Osman Hussein who previously served as the Deputy Minister of Health was appointed as the new chief of NISA – the National Intelligence and Security Agency while General Bashir Abdi Mohamed becomes the new Police commander-in-chief.

The Cabinet has reinstated General Bashir Mohamed Jama (Bashir Goobe) and appointed him as head of the Custodial Corps, a position he held in Hassan Sheikh’s administration.

The new appointment comes following an extraordinary meeting held at Villa Somalia, the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu by the Council of Ministers.

The Police and Intelligence have been without commanders since last October after former chiefs were sacked following the country’s worst ever truck bombing at Zoobe junction which killed 512 people and wounded many others.

Al-Shabaab have been trying since 2007 to overthrow the Somali government, which has the support of the international community.