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Somalia declares top AU Diplomat, Simon Mulugo “persona non grata”

Mogadishu (SD) – Somalia’s government has expelled deputy head of African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) deputy Simon Mulongo country, giving him seven days ultimatum to leave the country.

In a letter addressed to African Union, Somali foreign ministry accused Mulongo of ‘hindering Somali security strategy,’ saying he was no longer welcome in Somalia.

According to the letter, Mulongo blamed for ‘engaging in activities incompatible with AMISOM mandate and Somali security strategy’.

“The ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the federal government of Somalia commends the African Union Commission and we are honoured the commission that the following person has been designated a ‘persona non grata’ and has been instructed to leave Somalia within 7 days,” the letter reads in part. “Mulongo was involved in activities that are inconsistent with Amisom’s mandate and security strategy in Somalia.”

Somali Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Abdirizak followed shortly with a tweet noting Somalia would hold accountable senior AMISOM leadership.

The FGS will hold accountable AMISOM personel, particularly those at the leadership level, who are expected to be beyond reproach in their integrity as they discharge their duty under the UN/AU mandate.”

“Somalia will realize the implementation of the STP (Somali Transition Plan), everyone will be held accountable for their action, no one will be allowed to hinder the Somali nation, we have simply come too far,” the minister said in a tweet.

AU and Amisom has commented on the latest development to expelled its official from Somalia.

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