Persona Non Grata: Somali Government expels African Union envoy Francisco Madeira2 min read
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has expelled the African Union’s envoy to Somalia, Francisco Madeira, and ordered him to leave the country within 48 hours.
“The Government of Somalia declares the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia (SRCC), Ambassador Francisco Madeira persona non grata for engaging in acts that are incompatible with his status as representative of the African Union Commission and is ordered to leave Somalia within 48 hours.” said a statement from the office of Prime Minister Roble.
Prime Minister Roble asked the AU Commission to recall Ambassador Francisco Madeira and comply with the request.
“We welcome the new AU Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) and look forward to working with the new mission head,” said Prime Minister Roble.
The prime minister did not elaborate on the reasons of ordering Madeira to leave the country, but there have always been suspicions that he is a close ally of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
The dismissal of Ambassador Francisco Madeira comes five months after the Federal government also fired the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia Simon Mulongo on November 4, 2021.
The Somali federal government has accused Simon Mulongo of “engaging in activities that are inconsistent with AMISOM’s mandate and security strategy in Somalia.”
The Somali federal government has accused Simon Mulongo of “involvement in activities that are inconsistent with AMISOM’s mandate and security strategy in Somalia,” and ordered him to leave the country within seven days.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia commends the African Union Commission and we are honored to inform the Commission that the following person [Simon Mulongo] has been made a ‘persona non grata’.”
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