A passenger plane that took off from Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport was denied landing at two airports in Gedo region yesterday, according to our local sources.
The information was confirmed to MTVSomali.com by members of the Somali Civil Aviation Authority who requested anonymity and officials in Gedo region.
The plane, carrying 30 passengers, failed to land at Dolow and Luuq airports in Gedo region, both of which it attempted, citing political reasons.
Sources told MTVSomali.com that the reason the plane was prevented from landing was that it was carrying Mohamed Abdullahi Gardhub, a politician from Gedo region.
Garduub was the district commissioner of Luuq on the Jubaland side, and was fired on December 13, 2013 following a decree from Jubaland’s then second vice president Abdulkadir Haji Mohamud Luga-Dheere.
It is not yet clear why Gurdhuub was denied access to Gedo region, and members we spoke to declined to comment.
The plane and its 30 passengers returned to Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport yesterday.
Members of the Somali Civil Aviation Authority say the agency is currently investigating the incident, which endangered the lives of 30 civilians and crew.
Gedo region is largely controlled by officials opposed to Ahmed Madobe’s Jubaland administration, including former Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who is also from the region.