UN says political rifts continue in Somalia

MOGADISHU – United Nations says political tensions between Federal government and President of Jubaland State has been building since 13 July.

UN envoy to Somalia, Mecheil Keating says the political rifts had emerged after newly appointed commander of the Somali National Army (SNA) 43rd Division, General Ali Mohamed Mohamoud “Bogmadow”, had been denied entry into Kismaayo.

The denial comes after Jubaland administration claimed not to have been consulted, according to UN Envoy Keating.

He says the newly appointed National Intelligence and Security Agency commander for Jubaland and his deputy were also denied entry into Kismaayo and deported for the same reason On 14 August.

UN urges the Federal government and Jubaland State to solve all arguments through talks.