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Madobe’s administration lambasts deployment new federal forces in Gedo

MOGADISHU (SD) – Jubbaland state has warned that President Mohamed Farmaajo will be responsible for any conflict or instability in the Gedo region as a result of the deployment of the federal forces in southern Somalia ahead of the resumption of talks between the federal government and the regional states in Mogadishu.

In a statement, Jubbaland state presidency has accused the outgoing president of fueling the conflict in Gedo, saying heavily armed soldiers who arrived in Daawo could raise the tension in the fragile region.

“The Government of Jubaland declares that the responsibility for the outcome of this conflict will be borne by the outgoing President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo,” the statement read in part.

The Somali government and Jubaland regional state have had a running dispute over the Gedo region, with Mogadishu accused Kenya of backing Jubbaland state

Fierce fighting involved the SNA against regional forces from Somalia’s Jubaland State had been going on intermittently over several months since the beginning of 2020.

Last January, the federal government claimed that its forces killed at least 11 people arrested nearly 100 fighters who are loyal to fugitive Abdirashid Janan, the security minister in Jubbaland following fierce fighting in the town of Beled Hawo between Somali forces and militants of the federal territory of Jubbaland.

Meanwhile, President Madobe had been demanding the withdrawal of the troops from the Gedo region as a precondition for the talks but Farmaajo stood ground heralding a political battle between Mogadishu and Kismayo to date.

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