Kenya alongside Somalia international partners say they are concerned by the political tensions in the country, which they fear could impact on the functioning of the federal government and disrupt the electoral process.
In a statement on September 8, the foreign missions urged Somali leaders to de-escalate the political confrontation surrounding the disappearance of intelligence officer Ikran Tahlil Farah and avoid any actions that could lead to violence.
Tahiil has since been reported dead.
“We call on Somalia’s leaders to work together to advance the implementation of the 27 May Agreement toward the holding of elections, recognizing the progress made to date by the National Consultative Council under the effective leadership of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble,” the statement said.
“We continue to engage a wide range of Somali leaders to urge for a rapid resolution of this dispute, including a credible investigation of Ikran’s disappearance and the completion of the electoral process without any further delay,” they added.
The missions are Amisom, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, the EU, Finland, Germany, IGAD, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, the US, and the UN.
President Mohamed Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Roble are involved I n a power struggle over changes in the country’s security chiefs.
It started with the sacking of national intelligence chief Fahad Yassin, which Farmaajo rejected, followed by the firing of Internal Security minister, which he said was unconstitutional.
On Saturday, it emerged that despite consultations a hours-long meeting between President Mohamed Farmaajo and Prime Minister Mohamed Roble to resolve their differences, the meeting ended without result.
The main sticking point was said to be the case of the slain intelligence agent Tahil Farah, according to sources.