AU envoy denied access to Kismaayo
The Kenyan forces based in Kismayo in the Jubba region have denied the Chief of Staff of the Somali Forces Abdirazaq Khalif and Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti of the African Union forces access to the Southern Somali city of Kismayo.
Sources in the city reported that the Kenyan forces ordered the two men to return back to Mogadishu after detaining them in Kismayo’s airport for hours.
A few months earlier Somalia’s Defense Minister Abdihakim Hassan Faqi was also denied access to the city and detained in the very same airport for four days straight.
This comes after the Somali government recognized the administration of Ahmed Madobe and an agreement was struck between the two parties Addis Ababa.
The official spokesman for the administration of Ahmed Madobe announced a few days ago that their administration would not be attending a summit they were invited to by the government in Mogadishu, which he said wasn’t in accordance with the Addis accord.
A local militia commander loyal to the administration of Ahmed Madobe told local news outlets that they returned Mr. Khalif & Mr. Gutti to Mogadishu because they wanted to create disunity in the city.
“Since the government has recognized the administration it should seek the permission of the administration before entering the city.” said the commander.