Somalia orders AU envoy to leave the country

The Somalian government has expelled the deputy special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission Mr. Simon Mulongo.

The government is accusing Mulongo of engaging in activities at odds with his peacekeeping mission in the country.

The Ugandan national, was declared persona non-grata on Thursday and given up to 11th of November to leave the country.

Mr Mulongo has been ordered to leave Somalia within seven days, for engaging in activities incompatible with Amisom’s mandate and Somalia’s security strategy,” said Somalia’s Foreign Affairs ministry.

Local media in Somalia say the expulsion of Mulongo could be linked to a standoff in the country over AMISOM’s future plan which has been controversial in recent months.

According to the African Union, AMISOM forces first arrived in Somalia in March 2007.

Since then, the AMISOM military component has aided Somali national security forces in driving out the al-Shabab from most of the major cities and towns of Somalia.

Somalia’s minister of foreign affairs, Mohamed Abdirisak says that Somalia will hold accountable Amisom personnel, particularly those at the leadership level, who are expected to be beyond reproach in their integrity as they discharge their duty under the UN/AU mandate.

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