Kenya Defence Force in Amisom's Sector II has
been caught in a disagreement between the Somalia Federal government
and the recently liberated areas in Southern Somalia following the
establishment of Jubaland State, the Star has established.
KDF are in a dilemna on whether to allow a rival group, intent on
disrupting the formation of a regional Jubaland state administration,
into Kismayu as requested by Amisom Mogadishu.
The new Jubaland President, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam alias Sheikh Madobe, was elected on May 15 2013.
Madobe was the leader of the Ras Kamboni Brigade that was part of the
forces that assisted Amisom troops to liberate large parts of southern
Somalia from al Shabaab militants .
Delegates who attended the Jubaland Conference for Establishment of
Regional State accused Somalia Federal government's President Sheikh
Hassam Mohamud of attempting to impose an unpopular former Defense
minister and warlord Barre Hirale.
Hirale was working at a Mogadishu shipping company, associated with
Hassam's relative and whose vessels were leased by AMISOM. He arrived in
Kismayu three weeks before the Jubaland State elections and is alleged
to have been bribed so as to disrupt the process.
Hirale declared himself president a day after Madobe was elected.
Reluctance by Hassam's government to recognise Madobe, who has
declared allegiance to Hassam's government, is creating tension and
Amisom seems to be right in the middle of it.
"Hirale had been living in Mogadishu until a month ago when he was
brought to Kismayu by the Mogadishu government to cause chaos. He has
some supporters here and his presence is a continuous threat to security
here. Amisom in Mogadishu is not neutral and the Somalia Federal
government in Mogadishu is the problem. Amisom in Kismayu are in a
dilemma whether to allow the rival group here," Dr Abdugani Jama,
chairman of the technical committee on the formation of Jubaland state
KDF has declined to comment on the issue while Amisom could not be
reached for comment. An Inter-Governmental Authority on Development
delegation was last week in Kismayu on a fact finding mission and was to
present its report at its headquarters in Djibouti yesterday.