Jubaland crisis in Kismayu
Responding to a question on the nature of
Jubaland crisis in Kismayu, Mr Baugh stated
that every Somali leader must be ready to give
and take for the good of Somalia, rather than for
“They need to cooperate; they need to
collaborate, they going to need to compromise.
The going to have to work together,” he said.
In the past ten days, deadly violence between
the Ras Kamboni Brigade (RKB) and militiamen
loyal to Iftin Basto, who laid claim on the
contested Jubaland presidency, has seen
several people dead and dozens wounded.
New parliament and president elected
This has been seen as a further drawback to
Somalia’s peace process which last year saw a
new parliament and president elected.
Somalia’s security status has greatly improved
through efforts of the African Union Mission in
Somalia (Amisom), whose forces managed to
drive al-Shabaab out of Mogadishu.
In an opinion article in the Daily Nation on
Thursday, Horn of Africa specialist Rashid Abdi
noted that the new fighting would cause a
further burden to Amisom to which Kenya
Defence Forces are part. (READ: The way out of
a crisis in Jubaland)
“The KDF/Amisom troops in Kismayu are now
faced with the unwelcome prospect, not to say
additional strain, of policing their allies, over and
above the routine military task of keeping up
the pressure on Al-Shabaab and ensuring the
militant group does not stage a come-back,” Mr
UN call for restraint
On Thursday, the UN Security Council through
its President Mark Lyall Grant of UK expressed
their “concern for the deterioration” of the
situation in Jubaland.
“The members of the Security Council called on
all parties to refrain from any action which may
threaten peace and stability in the Juba
regions,” the Council said adding that parties
should instead engage the federal government
led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud.
The Council vowed to support the federal
system in Somalia and the Provisional
Constitution passed last year in October.
However, Mr Baugh argued that while we still
need Amisom to help stabilise Somalia, much
more should be done to ensure the country can
work properly on its own.
“I am not sure at this stage it is either Amisom
or Somali security agents we need most. I think
it is both. Right now, we still need Amisom, but
we also we need to bring together a Somali
security which is capable and that is more
“I was in Mogadishu and what I saw are a
people reclaiming the streets. But to protect
those streets, we need a capable police force
that people would run to not away from.”
Threat from al-Shabaab
Amisom which is a UN sanctioned mission had
its mandate extended for another year in March
this year through UN Security Council
resolution 2093 to help keep at bay the threat
posed by Somalia militia group al-Shabaab.
The UK is one of the Council permanent
members. In April, the British government
reopened fully-fledged embassy in Mogadishu
after its closure in 1991 when Somalia
Before April, the UK related with Somalia
through its mission in Nairobi. Although there
has been relative peace for the past one year,
Mr Baugh said security is still vital.
Ordinary Somalis need basic services
“I think security is paramount. We need to see
Amisom and its security forces continue to push
back al-Shabaab and allow people to reclaim
their lives. Security is the precursor to
everything that Somalia was and can become
“We need to help the government to stand on
its two feet. To increase its revenue, to increase
its tax base, to reduce corruption which has
been endemic across the country historically.
We need to make sure that ordinary Somalis get
the basic services that you and I need.”
Mr Baugh who has served in Somalia for three
years was speaking after the celebrations to
mark this year’s birthday for Queen Elizabeth II,
at the UK High Commission in Nairobi
Jubaland crisis in Kismayu