January 9, 2007
Aweys Osman Yusuf
Mr. Yusuf said he only heard the news from local radios. "
He said the Somali government did not forgive the Islamist leaders.
Speaking to reporters he said, "You have taken our words wrong. The government only extended an amnesty to Islamist fighters. We have not offered any forgiveness to the ICU leaders. We are tracking hdown; they have brought foreign extremists and al-Qaeda in the country."
They were accused of harboring al-Qaeda members in their open Jihad war against the largely Christian Ethiopian forces in the country.
He urged the population in
He arrived in
Speaking about the insecurity in the capital, Yusuf promised that district commissioners and security forces would be set up soon to tighten up the peace and security in
"Those who deliberately bomb parts of the city at nights to intimidate the civilian population should give up their cruel intentions. If they don't stop terrorizing people, we will capture them," he threatened.
Although many people doubt if the president would be staying in the capital for long and that the government would be moving in the days ahead, the government spokesperson Abdirahman Dinari told Shabelle by the phone that Mr. Yusuf moved to the capital
He also said warlords would go to Baidoa to either support the government or be members of the ordinary people. "The government will not allow warlords to empower themselves in the capital and recruit militias. Some of them are government officials," he said.