Saturday October 10, 2020
MOGADISHU (HOL) – The family of the departed former Prime Minister of Somalia Ali Khalif Gulaid has called for a probe over the death of their kin noting the circumstances surrounding his death are suspect.
A relative of the former leader Mukhtar Hamid told BBC Somali the family was not satisfied with the results of the autopsy conducted by Ethiopian authorities.Hamid claimed Gulaid may have been poisoned contrary to the autopsy report that he succumbed to COVID19.
Somali State Deputy Minister of Health Mukhtar Yusuf said Friday the former PM died of COVID19 based on a post mortem conducted after the death of the former leader.
“He had abdominal pains and diarrhea making him dehydrated. We need to know which food he ate and who gave it to him,” Hamid said. “This is not an easy thing.”
Hamid also said the family opposed to police investigations in Jigjiga where Gulaid died noting there was no impartiality.
He called for another autopsy to be conducted in line with the terms of the family.
The remarks came amid preparations for burial in Mogadishu Saturday.
The Federal Government said Gulaid would be accorded a state funeral and buried in Mogadishu.
Meanwhile the body of the departed leader was expected to be flown in to Mogadishu Saturday for burial.
It is not clear if the demands of the family will be taken into consideration.