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Somalia’s feared council of leaders meet to discuss Kenya and repeat elections

Somalia’s usually fractured and divided leadership seems to have had a “handshake” of its own, and has decided to put aside their differences and deal with the problems they’re facing. In what is expected to be a scary prospect for Kenya, the Council intends to discuss, among other things, Kenya which has been accused of causing instability in the country, and the stalemate surrounding this year’s elections.

The Horn of Africa nation was supposed to hold indirect elections before February 8, but the deadline was missed as the central government and federal states failed to break a deadlock over how to proceed with a vote. It now confronts a political crisis alongside a deadly rebellion, a locust invasion, and serious food shortages.

The deadly rebellion has been largely blamed on meddling from the Kenyan Government. While this spat has resulted in severing of diplomatic ties with Kenya, more radical elements in Mogadishu have been calling for more stern action from the government.

This myriad of problems has caused armed group al-Shabab to take advantage of the security vacuum to launch attacks in portions of central Somalia that had been relatively peaceful for about a decade.

On Sunday of the other week, 12 security agents were killed by a roadside bomb outside the town of Dhusamareb in central Somalia where political leaders were meeting to try and resolve disagreements over the presidential selection process. Al-Shabab also launched repeated mortar attacks on the town.

For some time now, it has been alleged that Kenya has not only been harboring, but also funding and supporting the war efforts of Jubaland affiliated Abdirashid Janan. Somalia has repeatedly called for the repatriation of Janan who escaped from a Somali jail, but Kenya has refuted Somalia’s claims, and denied complicity in the accusations that have been leveled against it.

All this is happening against the backdrop of a fierce maritime dispute that has found its way into the international courts.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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