Jan, 29th 2021 – Kenya has insisted that it has not interfered with Somalia’s internal affairs as claimed by its government .
Addressing the press, government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna, said that the government will continue to push for peace, and urged all leaders in Somalia, to create an environment that will facilitate the resolution of the conflict through dialogue.
He said, “As a country, we will not accept being drawn into the internal politics of Somalia. We are calling on all Somali leadership to desist from dragging Kenya into their domestic issues.”
He added that Kenya will not meddle in any internal affairs of any country. Oguna said, “We equally expect reciprocity. We will, however, continue to advocate for peace and stability in the region, and thus call for a total cessation of hostilities in Somalia in order to give peace a chance.”
Oguna dismissed talks of Kenya aiming at militia groups to attack Somalia. Despite the claims, Oguna said that Kenya will continue helping Somalia in the fight against al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab terrorists. He said, “We as a country have never spared any efforts in trying to find a lasting solution in that country. As a country, we will continue to push for stability in that country because a stable Somalia is good for all of us in the region.”
Meanwhile, the Pan African Forum has hailed a report by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) that concluded Somalia had no justification in severing ties with Kenya.
The Report of the Fact-Finding Mission by IGAD shows that allegations leveled against Kenya by Somalia are unfounded. The IGAD probe was commissioned following the 38th IGAD Summit held in Djibouti on December 20, 2020, during which the regional Heads of State and Government met.