Somali government has accused a section of the AMISOM troops of
violating of their mandate and has further demanded a replacement of the
section posted in the port city of Kismayo with “a more neutral
African Union force”.
The Deputy Minister for Information,
Telecommunication and Postal Services Abdishakur Ali Mire said that
the Somali Federal Government was displeased with the three days of
fighting in the port city and the arrest of a top Somali National Army
“AMISOM Section Two forces purposefully arrested
government appointed division 43 SNA commander, Col. Abbas Ibrahim
Gurey,” Abdishakur Mire said.
Mire further added that the the AMISOM Section Two
forces supported one side of the two fighting factions, and further
accused them of conducting a targeted offensive against civilians and
the SNA command center in Kismayo which he described as
Apart from demanding for the removal of the AMISOM
Section Two forces, Mire said the Somali Federal Government want the
establishment and the dispatch of a fact finding mission to assess the
situation in Kismayo.
Mire further added that the federal government
wants the immediate release of Col. Abbas Ibrahim Gure to resume his
military duty in the region.
The Deputy Minister said that an African Union
Political Officer to the region not part of AMISOM Section Two should
be appointed, adding that humanitarian intervention to prevent further
crisis and assist the civilian victims in Kismayo should be put into
The AMISOM forces joined the Kenya Defence Forces
who in 2011 went into Somalia to deal with the al Shabaab menace
following several attacks in Kenyan territory which included the
killing and kidnapping of foreign nationals.
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