January 01, 2011 (SL Times) – Somali lawmakers on Thursday demanded
suspension of the work of international security firm Saracen in the
war-torn country and called on Prime Minister Mohamed Abdillahi to
explain government deals with the firm in four weeks' time.
There has been growing controversy over the security firm since it
emerged its involvement in the training of an anti-piracy force in the
semi-autonomous northeastern Somali state of Puntland.
The Somali premier who was summoned before parliament to explain the
agreement it has entered with the South Africa-based international
security firm Saracen.
The premier told lawmakers that the government of former prime minister
Sharmarkeh signed the deal with the firm to provide training and
logistics for local forces and protection to senior Somali government
Lawmakers asked the premier to suspend the work of the firm for the next
four weeks until the government of Abdillahi can give the parliament
further details of the agreement with the firm.
It has recently surfaced that the security firm was training local
anti-piracy force in Puntland with the funding of an unnamed "Muslim
Both the U.S. government and African Union peacekeeping forces in
Somalia expressed opposition to the move, while lawmakers have been
skeptical about the deals saying it affronts "the sovereignty of