Some Somalis are proposing the use of polygraph tests to detect al-Shabab moles after a suicide attack that killed the mayor of Mogadishu and at least six others.
It is alleged that the female suicide bomber responsible for the attack was working for the local administration in the capital and social media users are outraged at the possibility of the existence of a network of al-Shabab spies.
Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed held a meeting a day after the attack on July 24 and for the first time admitted the existence of al-Shabab collaborators within the government.
A former spy boss in the country also tweeted that his agency handed over a list of al-Shabab moles to the president almost two years ago.
Early this year, Education Minister Abdullahi Godah Barre accused an MP of being an al-Shabab member.
He made the remarks in parliament during a session that was brought to an abrupt end after a heated argument about whether a security meeting by the legislators could be aired live.
Al-Shabab is seeking to overthrow the UN-backed government and has been carrying out regular attacks in Mogadishu despite the heavy presence of African Union peacekeepers and US-trained Somali troops.
The group is affiliated with al-Qaeda and remains a powerful presence in rural Somalia.