The decision by Somalia to recall its ambassador to Kenya and its subsequent instructions to Kenyan ambassador to Somalia to leave the country has attracted censure from a section of political leaders from northern Kenya.
According to Nominated senator Farhiya Hajj, Somalia federal state president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo should to keep off Kenya out of Somalia election campaigns.
Speaking in Wajir County during the launch off the BBI signatures collection, Farhiya challenged Farmaajo to concentrate on Somalia’s domestic affairs and not use Kenya as a campaign tool to seek his re-election. Farhiya says Kenya has remained a faithful neighbour to Somalia by offering support to ongoing efforts to stabilize the horn of Africa nation whose fortunes had been battered by years of conflict.
Somalia government had earlier this week recalled its ambassador from Kenya accusing the Kenyan government of what it termed as an attempt to infringe upon the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political independence and unity of Somalia.
Somalia is also accusing Kenya of overt and blatant interference in their internal and political affairs noting that the obtaining situation has seen Jubaland regional President renege on the election agreement that was reached on the 17th September 2020 in Mogadishu.
Mogadishu saying Nairobi’s actions are not in line with the internationally recognized diplomatic relations enjoyed by Sovereign States.
Kenya has already dismissed the allegations saying it respects and upholds the cardinal international principles of self-determination, sovereignty, political independence, and territorial integrity of all countries, and in particular those in Africa.
Kenya urging all political actors in Somalia to instead stay true to their political commitments, avoid distracting actions, and engage constructively to ensure timely implementation of the elections calendar, which will mark another critical phase in the post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Somalia.