Somalia: Curfew imposed in Kismayo ahead of election

MOGADISHU – Somalia’s Jubaland state police imposed a curfew in Kismayo town, ahead of Thursday’s vote to elect a president of the semi-autonomous region.

The measures include closing Jubaland state’s borders, ordering the closure of the main airport in the town.

The move comes as tensions between Jubbaland authorities and the federal Somali government in Mogadishu has been escalating for the last couple of months. Ahmed Islam a former NUMBER Alshabbab leader is onl really control Kismayu and its immediate surrounds because al Shabaab Islamist militants are in control.

The current Jubbaland President Ahmed Mohamed Madobe is seeking another term while the federal Somali government said it would not recognize the result of the election.

There has been a standoff between Kenya and Ethiopia over the upcoming election as Nairobi is a key security partner for Madobe, while Ethiopia has grown closer to the federal government of Somalia.

Kismayo, a port town lies some 500km south of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.