Hours after the Somalian government cracked the whip, sending the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia packing, the Kenyan government has responded swiftly as the diplomatic row between the two nations took yet another twist.
Responding to the earlier claims through a press statement issued today, the Kenyan government maintained that it was yet to receive and official communication regarding the earlier claims.
In the presser, the Government of Kenya declared that it respects Somalia’s rebuilding and warned that the move by Mogadishu could interfere with the Somalia orientation and road map.
“The government of Kenya 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.
The Government further dismissed the accusations by Somalia that it is interfering in the nation’s internal affairs, terming them “unsubstantiated”.
Somalia summoned its Nairobi ambassador to Nairobi, Mohamud Ahmed Nur ‘Tarzan’, for “consultations” after accusing Kenya of interference for political and economic gains.
Mogadishu also ordered the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia Lt. Lucas Tumbo to return to Nairobi.
The Somaliland foreign affairs permanent secretary Ambassador Mohamed Ali-Nur Haji had over the weekend said that the Kenyan government was on Madobe to renege on the earlier arrangement.
“Somalia understands that as a result of the political interferences, the regional president of Jubaland has reneged on the election agreement that was reached on September 17, 2020, in Mogadishu,” he said.