Distrust and conspiracies loom over Kismaayo as KDF prepares to leave
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Fright and unrest are the prevalent atmospheres in Kismaayo as numerous residents are starting the leave the city while the Kenyan Defense Forces are preparing to leave city.
According to residents in the city many are afraid to remain in the city after the withdrawal of the Kenyans and worry that the city might became lawless and unruly, akin to how it used be during the past two decades in which the city witnessed tribal fighting and anarchic state of order.
It’s also feared that the armed tribal leader Bare Hirale will see this as an opportunity to re-enter Kismayo after he was expelled by Ahmed Madobe’s fighters with the assistance of the KDF, not to mention that Al-Shabaab are stationed not too far away from the city who have been consistently attacking the city ever since the entrance of the KDF.
An influx of refugees from Kismaayo have been trickling into Mogadishu seeking refuge from the imminent danger after the withdrawal of the KDF, whilst also complaining of unemployment, especially for those many residents who used to work at Kismaayo’s seaport, which now almost seems abandoned as business at the seaport dwindled.
A spokesman for AMISOM confirmed that up to two hundred soldiers will be left stationed in Kismaayo, this has created a lot fear not just amongst the local population but also amongst the local Jubba Interim Administration headed by Ahmed Madobe. A leaked letter sent by Ahmed Madobe to IGAD mentioned that the decision of the KDF’s withdrawal was a “violation” of the Addis Ababa agreement and that this was actually a conspiracy by the Somali government to undermine the administration’s authority & oust them.
It’s been long believed by many in the Jubba Interim Administration that the Somali Federal Government is in an agreement with Bare Hirale to use him in order to destabilize Kismaayo and the surrounding areas in an attempt to oust the current administration to bring their own administration, all while promising Hirale a large share of Kismaayo’s seaport income when eventually taken over by the Government.