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Somalia gives AMISOM’s Deputy Head Simon Mulongo seven days to leave country

In Summary

  • Somalia Government accuses Simon Mulongo of engaging in activities incompatible with AMISOM’s mandate.

Somalia has announced the expulsion of Simon Mulongo, the Deputy Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), from the country.

In a statement on Thursday, Somalia’s foreign ministry declared the Ugandan diplomat persona non grata, due to his engagement “in activities that are incompatible with AMISOM’s mandate and Somalia’s security strategy.”

Consequently, Somalia has ordered Mulongo to leave the country within seven days.

Although the ministry’s letter was not concrete on the reasons for Mulongo’s expulsion, Somalia’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak has since tweeted…

The AMISOM

AMISOM is an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union (AU) with the approval of the United Nations. It was created by the AU’s Peace and Security Council on 19th January 2007 with an initial six month mandate.

AMISOM replaced and subsumed the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace Support Mission to Somalia or IGASOM, which was a proposed Inter-Governmental Authority on Development protection and training mission in Somalia approved by the AU in September 2006.

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