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Yemen: Security chiefs replaced in five governorates

August 2, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from Yemen Times, Sana’a. The article, for which author attribution is withheld, reports on changes in security leadership in some of Yemen’s insecure governorates and indicates that “there are some influential persons from Dhamar who work as security chiefs outside of their governorate and work against security efforts.” (Map added by Inteltrends.)

Ministry of Interior changes security leadership in five governorates
©  Yemen Times
Publication date:  August 2, 2010

The Yemen Times correspondent

DHAMAR, August 1 – The Minister of the Interior, Brigadier Mutahar Rashad Al-Masri, issued a decree on Saturday to change five chiefs of security in five governorates.

The decree appointed Colonel Ahmed Ali Masaud Al-Waleedi to be the security chief in Dhamar governorate, Abdulkarim Al-Udaini to be the security chief in Taiz, Jameel Ahmed Aqlan to be the chief of security in Lahj, Ahmed Saleh Alaw to be the security chief in Al-Jawf and Mujahed Ahmed Al-Hazwara to be the chief of security in Hajjah.

The decree was not only confined to security chiefs. It also appointed Dr. Alawi Qara’ to be the general director of training and qualifying and the colonel Saleh Hussein Qasim to be the general director of human resources.

These changes in the security leadership and officials at the ministry coincide with security problems in those governorates, especially in the governorates of Al-Jawf, Dhamar and Lahj.

Security sources in Dhamar governorate explained that the elimination of Colonel Najm Al-Din Harash as security chief in Dhamar came after repeated requests from Harash to the minister to discharge him from his post. He had held his position for more than eight years.

The sources added that the elimination of Harash also came after the governorate witnessed a lot of security problems between tribes in Dhamar in different districts.

The source explained that recent disputes between tribes have resulted in the killing of two persons and the wounding of two others.

The source went on to say that there are some influential persons from Dhamar who work as security chiefs outside of their governorate and work against security efforts.

People in the governorate are hoping that security chiefs who are from Dhamar but working outside their governorate will not interfere with the tasks of the new security chief and will let him maintain security in their area.

“We hope that security chiefs who are from Dhamar will not interfere in the duties of the newly appointed security chief in our governorate,” said Hussein Naji, local citizen in Dhamar.

Zeyad Abdulwahab, another local citizen in Dhamar, told the Yemen Times that allowing the relatives of security chiefs in Dhamar to carry weapons in the city contributes to insecurity.

“It is shameful to see the relatives of security chiefs wondering in the streets carrying Kalashnikovs and grenades in their cars,” he added.

“We hope that the security leaders will not be factors of insecurity in the city,” he said.

Abdulmajeed Salah, another local citizen, said that the entry of arms into the city is a key factor of the insecurity in the city of Dhamar.

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