Somali government destroys billboards of a prominent presidential candidate inside the airport

Somali government early this week destroyed bill boards owned by a prominent presidential candidate Dahir Gelle inside Mogadishu’s Aden Adde airport following orders by the outgoing president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

Officials close to the presidential candidate Dahir Gelle said the authorities deliberately pulled down campaign billboards inside the airport compound.

Signjet, an Advertisement Agency, responsible for the billboards said that they were forced to pull down Dahir Gelle’s billboards inside the airport.  The company also claimed that it was fined for erecting the billboard campaign but did not mention any amount. Its staff was reportedly banned from operating in the airport.

The board that has been widely circulated, especially on the Internet, was displays photo of Gelle, with slogan in Maay dialect, which is completely different from other billboards inside the town with its unique wisdom, which is one of the reasons that Somali social media users took to the internet.

Maay dialect or Af-Maay is spoken in many regions in Southern Somalia.

The authorities have not yet commented on the allegation leveled against them.

Somali government has recently intensified efforts to dim the political campaigns by the opposition leaders ahead the presidential election slated for 10 October.

Months ago, the government banned campaign billboards for the opposition figures near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.

Author: Rijaal Abdi Mohamed