Mogadishu, Jul 01, 2013 – The Somali government has issued a strong statement with serious allegations against section two of AMISOM troops, based in Kismayo. The deputy minister of information and telecommunication, Abdishakur Ali Mire, has held a conference in Mogadishu yesterday where he strongly condemned the actions of Kenyan troops. AMISOM troop spokesmen have rejected these allegations.
Abdishakur Ali Mire accused them of participating in three days of battle in Kismayo where they shelled civilian homes and using excessive force in populated areas. During the press conference the government stated that they have evidence for their claims against Kenyan troops.
The Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made a similar accusation against the Kenyan troops in mid June. In this statement he also called for Ethiopian and Kenyan troops to leave Somalia. He later apologized for this statement.
He has also mentioned that the Kenyan troops have illegally arrested the head of Somali military chief of staff in Kismayo after destroying the military garrison in the outskirts of the town.
The statement came after Jubaland troops ousted Barre Hiiraale and his militias from Kismayo town where they had engaged a fierce fighting. The government statement is clear evidence of its involvement in the conflicts and destabilisation of Kismayo.
The Somali government has suffering the political damage it served on its engagement the last battle in Kismayo on June 2, 2013, which its defense minister Fiqi participated that battle and killed his body guard.
The national level of trust for the Somali government has diminished and international donors have halted all financial support to the government.