BELEDWEYNE, HIRSHABELLE – In an unexpected political shift, Ali Jeyte Osman, the recently deposed Governor of Hiran, has declared the region’s disassociation from the HirShabelle state, barring any officials from the region or their visits.
Osman’s announcement, coming hot on the heels of his dismissal last night in a letter dated 16 June 2023, further restricts air and land travel to Hiran until further notice.
Osman, previously leading the front line in the battle against militant group al-Shabaab in Hiran, had been a crucial figure in the government’s planned major offensive. His abrupt removal has been widely perceived as a potential setback in the impending operation.
Historically, Hiran had shown reluctance in merging with Middle Shabelle to form the HirShabelle state. The longstanding rivalry between the Abgal of Middle Shabelle and the Hawadle of Hiran has been a persistent undercurrent shaping the politics of the region.
In a move that perhaps underscores this friction, Hiran taxes have not been deposited in the HirShabelle bank in Jowhar. This non-compliance is believed to have factored into Osman’s dismissal.
The full implications of Hiran’s abrupt exit from the HirShabelle State remain to be seen. Analysts speculate it could spark a significant shift in the region’s political dynamics, potentially exacerbating tensions and disrupting efforts against al-Shabaab. The impact of this decision on the state’s overall stability and the ensuing governmental response is awaited with anticipation