Security expert fired over tweets in Somalia


MOGADISHU, Somalia - A female security analyst has been fired by the Ministry of Internal Security in Somalia, the statement issued on Tuesday revealed, in a matter closely related to interactions on social media platforms in the country.

The firing of Samira Gaid, a security advisor for the EU-funded Project SJGAB, after expressing her views on controversial constitutional changes, has been met with shock and concern. This action comes in the wake of threats made by Petroleum Minister Abdirizak Omar on X (Twitter).

Although the ministry did not site-specific tweets by Samira Gaid, they said her professional conduct was unbecoming, adding that her continued stay in the ministry as an advisor was untenable. The ministry called for her immediate exit.

"Your recent tweets on political issues directly contradict the principles of impartiality and neutrality that are essential to individuals serving in advisory roles in government projects. As an organization committed to promoting security, the Ministry of Internal Security cannot condone such behaviour, which undermines its principles," read the message.

"Therefore, after careful consideration, we regret to inform you that you are unable to proceed with your engagement as an advisor for project SJGAB. Your activities have raised doubts about your ability to fulfill the responsibilities of this role in a manner that is consistent with the objectives of the project and standards of professionalism."

The government has taken this action in response to the recent tweets by Samira Gaid emphasizing the importance of adhering to the country's constitutional principles. 


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