Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a warning to the neighbouring Republic of Somalia to cease engaging in what is being described as an attack on Kenya’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
President Kenyatta this morning chaired a Special Session of the National Security Council (NSC) to discuss a recent attack by Somalia forces on the Kenyan border.
According to the Kenyan State House, “the 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.”
There were reports of explosions and heavy gunfire on Monday as Jubbaland forces and troops of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) invaded the border town.
At least 10 people were injured in the clash.
The Kenyan Presidency in the statement described this attack as provocative.
“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.”
Somalia through Amb. Abukar Dahir Osman had earlier last month accused Kenya of interfering with Somalia’s internal affairs.
But Kenya says these claims are baseless and “a 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.”
“Kenya has paid a heavy price and continues to make notable investments to peace and security in Somalia, the region and beyond. For many years, Kenya has and continues to host hundreds of thousands of Somalia refugees, many of who have sought refuge in Kenya and chosen Kenya as their home,” the statement reads.
“The Federal Government of Somalia in pursuit of short term political expediency is out to create artificial fissures in the relations between the Republic of Kenya and the Federal Government of Somalia.”
“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.”