President Uhuru tells Somalia to be careful while dealing with Kenya.

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Presidengt Uhuru Kenyatta and hsi Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

“This action amounts to an unwarranted attack by foreign soldiers with the intention of provoking Kenya. In keeping with our long-standing and distinguished tradition in peace keeping and peace building in the region and beyond and in particular – in Somalia; Kenya acted with total restraint.”

Kenya Army.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally waded into the diplomatic row between Kenya and Somalia.

Uhuru chaired a special session of National Security Council NSC on Wednesday March 4th, where Kenya Somalia tiff was discussed at length.

A statement from State House indicated that the National Security Council “noted with concern” the recent incident where troops from the Federal Government of Somalia engaged in a gunfight with Jubbaland forces in Mandera causing destruction in the area.

State House termed the incident as a violation of Kenya’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, urging Somalia to cease and desist from engaging in such “provocations.”

“The National Security Council noted with concern the violations of Kenya’s territorial integrity and sovereignty by the Somalia National Army on Monday the 2nd March, 2020; where the foreign soldiers in flagrant breach and total disregard of international laws and conventions engaged in aggressive and belligerent activities by harassing and destroying properties of Kenyan citizens living in the border town of Mandera,” reads the statement.

“This action amounts to an unwarranted attack by foreign soldiers with the intention of provoking Kenya. In keeping with our long-standing and distinguished tradition in peace keeping and peace building in the region and beyond and in particular – in Somalia; Kenya acted with total restraint.”

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The statement added: “We therefore urge the Federal Government of Somalia, to cease and desist from the unwarranted provocations and focus on managing its internal affairs for the welfare of her people; defeating terrorism; and advancing the cause of peace, security and stability in the region.”

During the meeting, the National Security Council also discussed the Press Release issued by the Federal Government of Somalia on February 5, 2020 as well as accusations made by Somalia’s United Nations envoy Amb. Abukar Dahir Osman in New York, on February 27, 2020 that Kenya was meddling in Somalia’s domestic politics.

The statement issued by State House spokesperson Kanze Dena rubbished the claims, terming them as “baseless and invalid accusations.”

“The baseless accusations and invalid allegations made by the Federal Government of Somalia that Kenya is interfering with Somalia’s internal affairs; are part of a growing and persistent pattern of ill intent to use Kenya as a scapegoat and a tool to justify challenges in Somalia for political reasons. Kenya will not accept to be used in that manner,” reads the statement.

“Indeed, we encourage the Federal Government of Somalia to stop the smear campaign and commit the energy to deliver leadership and prosperity to its people.” Story/Citizen Digital-


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