REPORTS from Somalia say that the government has impounded an plane carrying an unspecified amount of money, even though some reports put the amount at $13 million cash.
Secretary General for the Union of Somali Journalists, Mohamed Moalimuu, said the plane was from the United Arab Emirates and had been caught at the Mogadishu airport.
The UAE has been on a diplomatic collision course with Somalia over the business dealings of a UAE-based company DP World with semi-autonomous Somaliland.
DP World entered Berebra Port deal with Somaliland along with Ethiopia. Somalia reported the incident to the United Nations weeks back. Somaliland government insists its parliament had okayed the deal even though Somalia’s lower house of parliament voted to declare it “null and void.”
Somalia has been riled by a political crisis that involves the lower house of the legislature and the executive. It is said that the Prime Minister is championing a cause to remove speaker Jawari who insists he is not going to resign.
Local journalists are already linking today’s incident to the political crisis. Legislators are said to vote on a no-confidence motion against the speaker on Monday.