Somalia: Ministry of Security issues order against Madeira and closes MOVECON terminal

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Somali Ministry of Internal Security has ordered the Immigration and Naturalization Service to revoke the residence of Ambassador Francisco Madeira and not to issue him with a visa again.

The ministry also instructed the Immigration and Naturalization Service to inform all concerned that Ambassador Francisco Madeira was not wanted in the country.

The letter from the Ministry of Security instructed security agencies, particularly those operating at Aden Adde International Airport, that the ambassador Madeira could not enter the country as he was an unwanted person.

Finally, the ministry has informed and instructed the Immigration Agency and the Aden Adde International Airport Manager to temporarily close all operations at the MoveCon terminal until further notice from 10/04/2022.

The ministry’s order comes after the African Union rejected a decision by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble to expel the organisation’s special envoy to Somalia Francisco Madeira.

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat instead said they were accepting President Farmajo’s decision not to expel Ambassador Francisco Madeira, and that he would remain in office.

The decision from the AU commission has resulted to a backlash from the Somali people on social media with a hashtag #MadeiraOut now trending in the country.


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