By Samuel Ouma
Somalia On Tuesday morning, cut its diplomatic ties with her neighbour Kenya.
Announcing in a televised speech, the country’s Minister of Information Osman Abubakar Dubbe defended the step they have taken, accusing Kenya of interfering with her internal affairs and violating her territorial integrity.
Somalia has summoned back its diplomats in Nairobi and gave Kenyan diplomats in Mogadishu an ultimatum of 7 days to leave.
Dubbe blamed Kenya for interfering with her politics and always has an intention to create problems in the country.
”Somalia wants all its diplomats to go back to Mogadishu, and Kenyan diplomats have seven days to leave the country,” said Osman Dubbe.
Somalia’s Ministry of Home Affairs had recalled its ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ahmed Nuur Tarzan and expelled Kenya’s envoy in Mogadishu Lucas Tumbe. The Ministry accused Kenya of heaping much political pressure on Jubaland’s regional leadership for her political and economic gains.
“The government took this decision while preserving its national sovereignty after it appeared that Kenya was deliberately interfering in the affairs of Somalia, particularly Jubbaland,” read the statement issued by the Somalia government.
“The Somali government expresses its regret in the government of Kenya’s overt and blatant interferences in the internal and political affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia which has the potential to be a hindrance to the stability, security and development of the entire region.”
Meanwhile, Kenya has rebuffed the allegations referring to them as false and unproven.
“It is incumbent upon all political actors in Somalia to stay true to their political commitments and avoid distracting actions, but rather engage constructively to ensure timely implementation of the election calendar which will mark another critical phase in the post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Somalia,” Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
This move comes just a few hours before Somaliland President Muse Bihi concludes his 3-day visit in Nairobi. Bihi held bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday and agreed on several issues.