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Somali Government Calls For Immediate Deployment of Neutral African Union Forces in Kismayo #SahanJournal | July 4, 2013 kenyan soldiers serving with AMISOM sit on a flat-bed truck as a convoy makes its way between the port and the airport in Kismayo. [AU-UN IST, Stuart Price] The Kenyan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia have caused “heavy civilian casualties” in Kismayo by using “high caliber weapons” and the commander of AMISOM Sector II has shown “incompetence,” Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Fowzia Yusuf Adam, wrote in an explosive letter leaked recently. The protest letter to the African Union, which is titled “Extremely urgent – Kismayo conflict,” accuses the Kenyan forces of complicating the crisis in Kismayo and calls for the immediate deployment of multinational African Union forces that “will operate under the direct mandate of AMISOM” in Mogadishu. The letter, dated June 30, also called for an “immediate independent inquiry” of the incidents that led to the arrest of Col. Abass Ibrahim Gurey, deputy brigade commander of the Somali National Forces. As part of the infighting that ensued following the arrest of Abass, the government claims that 65 people were killed dead and 155 injured, according to the letter. The letter accuses AMISOM Sector II Commander Brigadier Anthony Ngere of abuse of power by arresting Abbas. “[Ngere’s] act of certainly a blunt abuse of power since Col Abbas nas neither committed a crime not the Somali Federal Government was notified of his arrest,” the letter stated. The Somali government said Gurey and other detained Somali forces must immediately be released. The letter calls for the appointment of new AMISOM political officers for Kismayo “whose nationalities will be different from the AMISOM contingent in Sector II.” Kenyans are the dominant forces in Kismayo, which falls under Sector II. Kenya’s war in Somalia started in October 2011, after the government launched a campaign dubbed Operation Linda Nchi or “Protect the Country.” According to the Kenyan government, the military’s incursion into Somalia started after al-Shabaab kidnapped two medical workers working for Doctors Without Borders in Dadaab refugee camp, located close to the Kenya-Somalia border. The Kenyan AMISOM forces, in conjunction with the Somali forces, took over Kismayo from al-Shabaab in September 2012.

Somali Government Calls For
Immediate Deployment of Neutral
African Union Forces in Kismayo
By Sahan Journal | July 4, 2013
kenyan soldiers serving with AMISOM
sit on a flat-bed truck as a convoy
makes its way between the port and
the airport in Kismayo. [AU-UN IST,
Stuart Price]
The Kenyan contingent of the African Union
Mission in Somalia have caused “heavy
civilian casualties” in Kismayo by using “high
caliber weapons” and the commander of
AMISOM Sector II has shown
“incompetence,” Somalia’s Foreign Affairs
Minister, Fowzia Yusuf Adam, wrote in an
explosive letter leaked recently.
The protest letter to the African Union, which
is titled “Extremely urgent – Kismayo
conflict,” accuses the Kenyan forces of
complicating the crisis in Kismayo and calls for
the immediate deployment of multinational
African Union forces that “will operate under
the direct mandate of AMISOM” in
Mogadishu.
The letter, dated June 30, also called for an
“immediate independent inquiry” of the
incidents that led to the arrest of Col. Abass
Ibrahim Gurey, deputy brigade commander of
the Somali National Forces.
As part of the infighting that ensued
following the arrest of Abass, the
government claims that 65 people were killed
dead and 155 injured, according to the letter.
The letter accuses AMISOM Sector II
Commander Brigadier Anthony Ngere of
abuse of power by arresting Abbas.
“[Ngere’s] act of certainly a blunt abuse of
power since Col Abbas nas neither
committed a crime not the Somali Federal
Government was notified of his arrest,” the
letter stated.
The Somali government said Gurey and other
detained Somali forces must immediately be
released.
The letter calls for the appointment of new
AMISOM political officers for Kismayo “whose
nationalities will be different from the
AMISOM contingent in Sector II.” Kenyans
are the dominant forces in Kismayo, which
falls under Sector II.
Kenya’s war in Somalia started in October
2011, after the government launched a
campaign dubbed Operation Linda Nchi or
“Protect the Country.” According to the
Kenyan government, the military’s incursion
into Somalia started after al-Shabaab
kidnapped two medical workers working for
Doctors Without Borders in Dadaab refugee
camp, located close to the Kenya-Somalia
border.
The Kenyan AMISOM forces, in conjunction
with the Somali forces, took over Kismayo
from al-Shabaab in September 2012.

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