African Union to name new envoy in Somalia to replace Disgraced Madeira

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The African Union (AU) is working to replace the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Francisco Madeira, who was recently ousted by the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

The East African newspaper, quoting diplomatic sources, has announced that Madeira will be relocated in the coming days, following strained relations with the Somali government led by Mohamed Hussein Roble, who has the full backing of the Somali public. 

The sacked AU envoy to Somalia, Francicso Madeira, is being pressured to resign, and although his career is hugely damaged with no return, in order to try and protect whatever integrity he has left within the union, so as not to be fired.

The statement said the AU wanted to reduce political tensions following the expulsion of its ambassador to Somalia.

The report also indicates that the man who will replaced sacked Madeira is Maman Sambo Sidikou of Niger.

Francisco Madeira, who was issued an order letter by the country, has previously been accused of meddling in matters other than his job and making derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Roble, former presidents, some regional leaders and Somali clans. 

This comes as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) last Thursday expressed his full confidence in Mr Madeira, strongly opposing the Prime Minister’s decision and backing former President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo.

Some analysts closely following the political and diplomatic situation have described the remarks as a blow to Madeira’s prestige, that he has no face with the Somali public and politicians and that he should resign.

However, all of this comes at a time when the AMISOM mission in Somalia has been renamed ATMIS.


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