MOGADISHU – Somalia’s biggest phone company (Hormud) accused Kenya forces of destroying its telecom masts using explosives on August 22, disconnecting phone network to about 4,000 people in Gedo and Lower Juba regions.
The Kenyan forces targeted telecom masts for 12 times in less than two years, said in a statement released by Hormud Telecom based in the capital, Mogadishu.
The statement said the latest attack took place on August 22, 2019, as the Kenyan troops operating in Somalia used powerful explosives to destroy all the equipment in the mast including the Tower, the BTS, two power generators, Batteries, Rectifiers, and the building.
The destruction has disrupted all Hormud telecom services, disconnecting up to 4,000 people from the rest of the country and putting all economic activities on hold due to the disruption of the mobile communications and the EVC Plus mobile money, which is a crucial lifeline to the vulnerable Somali communities in the rural areas.
“We discovered that those destructions by the Kenyan troops caused displacements to the already drought-stricken communities in those areas”, the memo said.
In an earlier attack, the Kenyan troops killed our staff and injured others.
“These unlawful actions of the Kenya Troops and those leading their operational effort are now committing war crimes and will tarnish the efforts of the international community to stabilize Somalia”.
However, Somali Telecom Hormud urged Federal Government of Somalia as well as the International Community, including the UN, AMISOM, AU, and all human rights organizations to put pressure on the troops to prevent more of these attacks and hold the Kenyan government accountable for their barbaric attacks.