Nairobi – Kenya has warned against attempts to stir up tension between partner states of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), despite vowing to continue playing its rightful role alongside troop contributing countries to promote regional peace and the strengthen regional security.
Countries contributing to the AMISOM force include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.
In a statement made Tuesday during a meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) to discuss the situation in Somalia and AMISOM’s activities, Kenya identified the need to have the Al Shaabab terrorist group theirs Hold affiliates and other spoilers accountable in Somalia.
“Kenya also appealed to the Council to protect itself from attempts to close rifts between the various interest groups, friends and partners of Somalia and the region. Attempts to reduce the positive effects of AMISOM or withdraw AMISOM from Somalia were seen in this light . ” A statement from the Kenyan Foreign Ministry was added.
Kenya had a strained relationship with Somalia that severed ties with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government after calling its ambassador to Mahamed Ahmed Nuur Tarzan back from Nairobi.
It also expelled Ambassador Lucas Tumbo, Kenya’s envoy to Mogadishu, citing “Kenya’s continued interference in Somalia’s internal affairs”.
Kenya, represented by Amb Jean Kamau, its Permanent Representative to the African Union in Addis Ababa and Ambassador to Ethiopia, called on the Peace and Security Council to focus on the important initiatives that need to be taken to ensure that a consensus is established between the residents regional and international actors in Somalia.
Amb Kamau dismissed allegations of Kenya’s interference in Somalia’s internal affairs as false and misleading.
“Kenya found that their fate and that of its neighbors were inextricably linked, given the historical, cultural and linguistic ties that bound the countries of the region. To this end, Kenya pledged to continue its rightful role in Somalia alongside the troop contributing countries to play “partners,” added MFA.