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Don’t drag Kenya into your internal problems, Oguna tells Farmajo

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Kenya’s Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna has cautioned Somalia to desist from dragging Kenya into their domestic issues.

Oguna said Kenya will not accept to be drawn into Somalia’s internal politics and that the events being witnessed around Mandera have their genesis on domestic political activities in Somalia.

“The recurrent confrontations between these forces, not only cause fear and panic amongst our people at the border town of Mandera but also do lead to the displacement of civilians from Gedo region in Somalia,” said Oguna.

The government’s mouthpiece while addressing journalists Thursday morning in Nairobi, also rejected allegations that it’s military in Somalia engages in illegal sugar and charcoal trade.

“They live in fox holes. At what time do you leave fox holes to go and trade in charcoal? “Posed Oguna.

Oguna said Kenyans are known for their generosity and hospitality and urged all leaders in Somalia to create an environment that will facilitate the resolution of the conflict through dialogue and not threats.

“This is critical in fostering a united front in countering militants who have, for a long time, destabilized peace and security in Somalia and the region. Allegations by Somalia that Kenya is sponsoring and harbouring militia with the objective of destabilizing Somalia are not based on any merit.”

Oguna’s remarks comes barely hours after President Mohamed Farmajo’s led Somalia administration threatened to withdraw from a regional bloc after the group ruled in favour of Kenya in a diplomatic row between the two countries.

A fact-finding mission was created by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) last month seeking, in an intervention aimed at easing tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

On December 15, Somalia cut diplomatic ties with Kenya and wrote to the regional bloc of eight members, demanding an independent mission to verify claims that Kenya was arming and training militia to fight the Somalia National Army forces stationed in Gedo near their common border.

Led by Djiboutian Ambassador to Kenya Yacin Elmi Bouh and his counterpart to Somalia Aden Hassan Aden, the team that also included an Igad observer, said they had found no evidence supporting violations by Kenya.

Somalia Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Mohamed Abdirazak, said his country will reject the report “in its entirety” because it the investigators had been “biased, partisan, unfair, compromised and predetermined to exonerate Kenya.”

“Somalia strongly holds to all its initial accusations against Kenya and will pursue all means to protect her sovereignty. We shall withdraw from IGAD,” said Abdirazak in a statement.

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