Somaliland: Ukuse Exits Information Portfolio as Deyr Assumes Commerce Mantle


As president Silanyo fires, hires, swaps and transfers senior administration officials

Somaliland presidential spokesperson Eng Hussein Aden Egge Deyr elevated to minister of Commerce

By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The country has a new title for a senior official called XIL SUGE-awaiting appointment.

This comes as president Ahmed Mahmud Silanyo reshuffles his administration ensuing with new faces, firings, transfers and the new XIL SUGE-awaiting appointment position.

In presidential decree # JSL/M/XERM/249-3830/022016 the head of state reshuffled his cabinet thence the appointment of his spokesperson Eng Hussein Aden Egge “Hussein Deyr” as the minister of Commerce and International Investment.

Hussein Deyr moves to his ministerial post a few months after joining the Somaliland cabinet as nonvoting member in the position of presidential spokesperson.

As for the former outspoken minister of information, culture and National Guidance Mohamed Abdilahi Dahir ‘Ukuse’ the livestock development portfolio is his new base thence a test on his managerial abilities as opposed to verbosity.

Ukuse is replaced by former Aviation minister Osman Abdilahi Sahardid who has in a span of less than six months seen him occupy three ministries namely Finance, Aviation and now information.

At the Aviation ministry Sahardid was replaced by Former Livestock development minister Omar Sheikh Mohamed Farah whose shoes are without doubt too big for Ukuse to fill.

Muse Qasim Omar who was replaced by Hussein Deyr at the Commerce portfolio assumes the new office of XIL SUGE which means he continues to draw his salary while the presidency prepares his official exit strategy.

Ukuse Moves from Information minister to livestockThe office of presidential spokesperson is assumed by Abdirahman Aw Elmi Fahiye ‘Shamah’ a former journalist turned Lawyer.

Joining the cabinet as assistant minister for Councils coordination and Technology is Nasir Ayjeeh Jama while others in the same rank swap or transfer positions namely

I. Saeed Abdi Mahmud from Aviation to Commerce and International Investment

II. Kaiser Abdilahi Mohamed from Commerce to Planning and national coordination and

III. Abdi Yusuf ‘Abdi Wada’ from Planning to Fisheries

While former Fisheries assistant minister Mohamed Aden Elmi is elevated to the position of state minister for Education as former state minister for education moves to the aviation portfolio in the same capacity.

Institutionalizing the newly created senior spot of XIL SUGE is former Governor of Sool region Yassin Mohamed Shide who is replaced by outgoing Gabile Regional Administrator Mustafa Abdi Isse ‘Shine’ who is himself replaced by first time appointee Hamse Mohamed Abdi

The Gabile Governor is joined in new appointee list by presidential spokesperson Shamah and state printing agency manager Saeed Salah Shire.

Those losing their jobs in the reshuffle including former Council Coordination and Technology assistant minister Mowlid Mahmud Ibrahim and Former State printing agency manager Abdilahi Mohamed Arei

This is the second reshuffle by President Silanyo since the mass exodus of senior administration bureaucrats led by presidency minister Hirsi Haji Ali a few months back.

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