Somalia’s President, Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo has come out fighting, saying that local and international media have been practising irresponsible journalism by portraying the country in bad light.
He also took on the Somalis in the diaspora for seeking to portray the country in a bad light so that they benefit from the benefits given to refugees and asylum seekers.
Mr Farmajo spoke as the heat turned on Mogadishu and waded into the controversy that headlined the planned meeting in London, where it was said the government would auction off oil blocks in the country.
Instead, the government said that it was unveiling a legal framework to govern the sector and make its oil fields public.
There has been disquiet from within government ranks, parliament, and members of the public that the bidding and licensing process that was to commence in the first week of February was premature as there were no consultations and a regulatory framework for the oil and gas sector.
On Thursday, protests rocked the opening of the planned Somalia Oil and Gas conference in London.
Some of the protestors expressed fears that some of the government officials were planning to engage in underhand deals in selling the oil fields, a move that could cause chaos in the Horn of Africa nation.
By Daniel Otieno
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