Tensions between Kenya and Somalia continued to rise this week, with Somalia’s information ministry releasing a statement accusing Kenya-funded and -trained rebels of crossing into Jubbaland. As of Thursday, 21 people have died and at least 30,000 have fled their homes because of the disputes in Jubbaland.
Kenya has vehemently denied the accusations. The two countries cut ties late last year as Somalia accused its southern neighbor of interfering in its internal affairs. Meanwhile, Jubbaland Vice President Mohamud Sayid Adan has reported that the attackers were deployed by the Somali government itself, as the regional government continues to feud with Mogadishu. The Kenyan government warned in a statement this week that “if the fighting continues unabated, the situation could further destabilize the region, complicate the security situation and reverse the gains made in the fight against terrorism.”
Somalia also threatened to leave the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), after a fact-finding mission to the troubled Jubbaland reported no evidence of Kenya violating Somalia’s sovereignty. Somali Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Mohamed Abdirazak rejected the report, stating that the investigators were “biased, partisan, unfair, compromised and predetermined to exonerate Kenya.”