Somalia dismisses IGAD report, says ‘influenced’ by Kenya

Information minister Osman Abukar Dubbe/ Photo Credit: Halqaran News

Somali federal government on Wednesday dismissed findings of a report from IGAD team sent to the border between Somalia and Kenya.

In a press conference in Mogadishu, Information minister Osman Abukar Dubbe said the report relied on one side and was influenced by Kenya government.

Dubbe said the report by the Djibouti fact-finding team comes as a “shock” to the Somali government

The minister said the team from IGAD was invited areas along the border and bases vacated by Kenyan forces under the framework of AMISOM.

“We invited them to visit Belet-Hawo on two occasions but they declined,” Dubbe said. “We told them we will provide security on their visit to Belet-Hawo from Mogadishu but they refused.”

Somali government said the report was damaging the brotherhood between Djibouti and Somalia.

“We never imagined that our younger brother will stand against us. We hope that Djibouti will rescinded that decision, Djibouti was liberated by Somalia,” the minister said.

Last Sunday, the team appointed to investigate claims by Somalia that Kenya is interfering with its internal affairs and arming militia to destabilise the neighbouring country disclosed their findings.

The team said that there was no evidence to confirm the allegations by Somalia.

“The commission considers that these grievances, some of which are longstanding, do not appear to it to be sufficient to justify a diplomatic separation between Kenya and Somalia. It is true that the federal government of Somalia is sovereign in its decisions,” the report by the team reads in part.

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