HARGEISA – Rageh Omaar, a prominent British-Somalilander journalist, accused former Somaliland Presidential Affairs Minister Hersi Ali Haji Hassan of being a criminal in a shocking tweet on Tuesday (Oct 23).
Omaar made the accusation in response to a tweet promoting Hassan’s new autobiography, ‘From The Bush to The Presidential Palace – My Journey of Success’.
“To be found in all good bookstores – probably under the crime or science fiction sections,” Omaar tweeted.
From push to the presidential palace… The journey of my success Xirsi Ali X Xasan former Minister of Somaliland Presidency Book launch. pic.twitter.com/xLkT4vHYZH
— Ph Yusuf Dahir SL CN (@yyusufd) October 23, 2018
To be found in all good bookstores – probably under the crime or science fiction sections https://t.co/uQbsVelIGc
— Rageh Omaar (@ragehomaar) October 23, 2018
Omaar didn’t explain the crimes he that alleges Hassan has committed – or why he oddly believes Hassan’s autobiography is based on a life of a crime.
Omaar became a household name covering the Iraq War for the BBC in 2003. He is currently the International Affairs Editor for ITV News.
Hersi Ali Haji Hassan, who now is the leader of Somaliland’s main opposition party, Waddani, hasn’t responded to Omaar’s allegations.
Hassan announced the launch of his autobiography in a promotional video that was released on his Facebook page earlier this week.
In the video, Hassan says the book discusses his rural upbringing and how his ‘rural values’ contributed to his success in Somaliland politics.
Hassan served as Presidential Affairs Minister under former President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo from 2010-2015. Hassan resigned from Silanyo’s government in October 2015 after President Silanyo endorsed the incumbent President Musa Bihi Abdi as his successor.
Before joining Silanyo’s government in 2010, Hassan was the CEO of Somtel, a Somali telecom company, Hassan was also the Vice-Chairman of Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission from 2007-2008.
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Photo Credit: Yusuf Dahir