African Union peacekeepers accused of provoking deadly violence in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia– The UN backed African Union peacekeeping mission known as AMISOM was accused of provoking deadly violence in Baidoa town, some 250km southwest of Somali capital Mogadishu, after AMISOM troops arrested Mukhtar Robow, former Al Shabaab founder, who is seeking Presidency in the South West state region.
The arrest of Robow sparked deadly riot which left 11 people dead and 8 others injured during clashes involved in supports of Robow and Ethiopian troops and local security forces in Baidoa town.
In letter written by Members of the Federal Parliament House of the People National Salavation Caucus (NSC) seen by Mareeg Online accused AMISOM forces of incitement of violence and breach of Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) Excellencies
The letter was written as follows :-
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA Members of the Federal Parliament House of the People National Salavation Caucus (NSC)
Date: December 13, 2018
To: Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Moussa Faki
To: Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) Nicholas Haysom
CC: President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Moham. Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmaajo)
CC: USA Ambassador to Soma. Ambassador Don Yamamota
CC: UK Ambassador to Somalia David Concar
CC: African Union Special representative Francisco Caetano Madeira Incitement of violence by AMISOM forces and breach of Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) Excellencies,
It’s with great sadness that we write you this letter in response to the unprovoked act of incitement of violence by the AMISOM forces who are mandat. by UNSCR 1725 adopted on 6. of December 2006 to contribute to peace and state building in Somalia and the subsequent Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) signed on the 6. of March 2007.
On December, 13, 2018 AM1SOM forces have detained Mukhtar Robow Ali, a presidential candidate and a front runner of the upcoming elections in the South West state of Somali, and in thc process AMISOM forces have killed many civilians in violation of international and local laws. This illegal act of incitement and violcncc endangered the fragile peace in Somalia and particularly in the South West state. The escalation of violence in South West state has already spilled over to other pans of hcountry as people are protesting against AMISOM and the tacit support of Ambassador Madeira to President Mohamed Abdullahi Faramajo who is responsible for the illcgal mcddling and interference of regional politics and administration undcrmining the autonomy guaranteed by the constitution.
Peace and state building is an exercise fraught with contradictions and trade-offs, and a very complex process that requires collaboration between key external actors and the local communities. When key external actors have vested interest and side with one of the parties in the conflict as demonstrated by the action of AMISOM, their engagement intensifies conflict rather than moderating it. Hence, as a neutral actor and peace building force, AMISOM has escalated the violence in Baidoa.
AMISOM has compromised its impartiality by blatantly violating the very agreement it has signed with the government of Somali, the Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA). Article 8 this agreement clearly sta. that; AMISOM and its members shall refrain from any action or activity incompatible with the impartial and international nature of their duties or inconsistent with the spirit of the present arrangement. AMISOM and its members shall respect all local laws and regulations. Thus AMISOM is responsibe for the tragedy in the city of Saida° and any potential escalation of violence in the country
It’s with great regret that we inform you that the African Union Special Representative for Somali, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has not acted in a manner consistent with the impartiality demanded by the position he holds and his tacit support to President Farmajo has motivated the return of an autocratic behavior. The trade-off of Madeira’s one year extension recommended by President Faramaajo is to give the current administration carte blanche to commit gross violations by using the state security apparatus to kill, maim and silence dissent voices.
The current political landscape is very bleak and potentially heading to unchartered territory of chaos and anarchy that could reverse all the hard gains of the last few years, as the current president has no respect for the rule of the law. The President has shelved all the national political programs including the Security Transition Plan (STP), National Security Architecture (NSA), review of the constitution, and the electoral law. Instead the President has devoted his time to polarize federal member states. He also undermines the independence of the legislature bodies as he refused to respond to the impeachment brought against him by the members of the House of the People. President Farmajo’s lack of respect for the parliamentary independent could not be more evident than his blatant blockade of access to the official residence of the speaker following the tabling of his impeachment. Furthermore, access to the Speaker’s current residence is restricted as check points in and around the location are instructed to prevent the passage of MPs enroute to the Speaker.
As responsible members of the house of people, we urge the international community to investigate the Baidao tragedy where many lives were lost. We equally express our grave concern with the manner in which Mr. Robow’s detention was handled, by using the AMISOM (Ethiopian forces) without due process. This blatant violation of detaining citizens, and at times using security forces to com.tt extrajudicial killings has .come the norm for this administration and must not be tolerated. We also urge that the planned election in South West State be postponed until such a time when a conducive environment for a free and fair election is restored.
Dr Abdifatah Ismael Tahir Spokes Person (NSC) 1,252615800087 E: abdifatah.tahing)gmail.com