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by bashir tadhase #xjournalis )Kenya, Somalia in Dispute over kismanyu why every land has a broker who!s who kismanyo ahmed madobe hiiraalle or somali peole )The al-Qaida-linked militants who once controlled the southern port city of Kismayo are gone, but a fight for control of the city has broken out and at least 10 people have been killed in the recent violence. Kismayo is home to a contingent of militiamen and warlords, and five clan leaders now have all declared themselves president including a leader who is backed by Kenya. At the heart of the divide in Kismayo is Kenya’s desire for a friendly buffer zone near its border with Somalia, one of the main reasons Kenya sent troops to Somalia to fight al-Shabab militants in late 2011. Though not backed by the weak federal government in Mogadishu, Ahmed Madobe is the key power broker around Kismayo. Madobe, who enjoys the support of Kenya, is the leader of the Raskamboni brigade that fought alongside Kenyan forces who took Kismayo from al-Shabab. Madobe formed a local administration without giving much of a role to the central Somali government and was named president of the body. Adding to the chaos, four other clan leaders also have declared themselves the president of the region, though none is supported by Mogadishu. Violence between the clans has left at least 10 people dead in recent days, drawing the concern of the United Nations Security Council. The Kismayo crisis “puts Kenya and Somalia on a collision course,” said Abdi Aynte, the director of Heritage Institute for Policy Studies, a Mogadishu-based think tank. “Kenya has legitimate security concerns, but its attempt to mitigate those fears through a buffer zone is imprudent.” To an extent civil war already has restarted in Kismayo, Aynte said, and more violence is possible. Fears of more warfare may have prompted the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to express concern at the deterioration of the security situation in Juba, the wider region that encompasses Kismayo. The Security Council urged all parties in the region to refrain from action that threatens peace and to engage with the Mogadishu- based federal government, and it urged “neighboring countries” to help decrease the tension. On Friday, Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shrirdon said the U.N. statement showed strong support for the reconciliation process that the government is championing. But the central government has little power in Kismayo. Madobe’s militia has prevented Mogadishu government officials from visiting the town, forcing the officials to spend long chunks of idle time at the airport before returning to Mogadishu empty-handed. Speaking at the African Union summit in Ethiopia last month, Somalia’s president accused Kenyan forces in Kismayo of mistreating a committee he sent to the town to initiate negotiations. And Dahir Amin Jesow, a member of Somalia’s parliament, accuses Kenyan forces of backing the Raskamboni brigade against its rivals. “Kenyan troops were in no way neutral. They sided with Raskamboni against others, including government forces, which is very unfortunate,” said Dahir Amin Jesow, a member of parliament. Col. Cyrus Oguna, Kenya’s military spokesman, called the allegations unfounded. He said Kenyan forces are part of the African Union mission in Somalia, and are not taking sides. “Kenyan Defense Forces have been very neutral,” he said. While Kenya seeks a security buffer, Madobe and others appear to be interested in the economic engine of Kismayo. Its port generates large and reliable income, and has been the export point of Somali-made charcoal made illegal by the U.N

#Kenya, Somalia in Dispute over
kismanyu why every land has a broker who!s who
kismanyo ahmed madobe hiiraalle or somali
peole )The al-Qaida-linked militants who once
controlled the southern port city of Kismayo are
gone, but a fight for control of the city has
broken out and at least 10 people have been
killed in the recent violence.
Kismayo is home to a contingent of militiamen
and warlords, and five clan leaders now have all
declared themselves president including a
leader who is backed by Kenya.
At the heart of the divide in Kismayo is Kenya’s
desire for a friendly buffer zone near its border
with Somalia, one of the main reasons Kenya
sent troops to Somalia to fight al-Shabab
militants in late 2011.
Though not backed by the weak federal
government in Mogadishu, Ahmed Madobe is
the key power broker around Kismayo. Madobe,
who enjoys the support of Kenya, is the leader
of the Raskamboni brigade that fought
alongside Kenyan forces who took Kismayo from
al-Shabab.
Madobe formed a local administration without
giving much of a role to the central Somali
government and was named president of the
body. Adding to the chaos, four other clan
leaders also have declared themselves the
president of the region, though none is
supported by Mogadishu.
Violence between the clans has left at least 10
people dead in recent days, drawing the
concern of the United Nations Security Council.
The Kismayo crisis “puts Kenya and Somalia on
a collision course,” said Abdi Aynte, the director
of Heritage Institute for Policy Studies, a
Mogadishu-based think tank. “Kenya has
legitimate security concerns, but its attempt to
mitigate those fears through a buffer zone is
imprudent.”
To an extent civil war already has restarted in
Kismayo, Aynte said, and more violence is
possible.
Fears of more warfare may have prompted the
U.N. Security Council on Thursday to express
concern at the deterioration of the security
situation in Juba, the wider region that
encompasses Kismayo.
The Security Council urged all parties in the
region to refrain from action that threatens
peace and to engage with the Mogadishu-
based federal government, and it urged
“neighboring countries” to help decrease the
tension.
On Friday, Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah
Shrirdon said the U.N. statement showed
strong support for the reconciliation process
that the government is championing.
But the central government has little power in
Kismayo. Madobe’s militia has prevented
Mogadishu government officials from visiting the
town, forcing the officials to spend long chunks
of idle time at the airport before returning to
Mogadishu empty-handed.
Speaking at the African Union summit in
Ethiopia last month, Somalia’s president
accused Kenyan forces in Kismayo of
mistreating a committee he sent to the town to
initiate negotiations. And Dahir Amin Jesow, a
member of Somalia’s parliament, accuses
Kenyan forces of backing the Raskamboni
brigade against its rivals.
“Kenyan troops were in no way neutral. They
sided with Raskamboni against others, including
government forces, which is very unfortunate,”
said Dahir Amin Jesow, a member of parliament.
Col. Cyrus Oguna, Kenya’s military spokesman,
called the allegations unfounded. He said
Kenyan forces are part of the African Union
mission in Somalia, and are not taking sides.
“Kenyan Defense Forces have been very
neutral,” he said.
While Kenya seeks a security buffer, Madobe
and others appear to be interested in the
economic engine of Kismayo. Its port generates
large and reliable income, and has been the
export point of Somali-made charcoal made
illegal by the U.N

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