Simon Mulongo responds to his expulsion by the Somali government2 min read
The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Simon Mulongo, who has been fired by the Somali government, has spoken for the first time.
The Somali federal government has accused Simon Mulongo of “engaging 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’ and has been ordered to resign. leave Somalia within 7 days, ”said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“I was shocked by the expulsion because I knew I had done nothing wrong,” Mulongo told Reuters by telephone from Mogadishu.
“The language used in the federal government’s diplomatic text contains phrases where details and meanings are unknown. I don’t know any reason why this decision was made. I have no idea what this is about. I want to deal with facts, not speculations, ”Mulongo said.
When asked about the next step, Mulongo said he was waiting for the African Union leadership to guide him, so he could not say anything at the moment.
Sources at the Somali foreign ministry told media that Mulongo had committed abuses including; undermining the Somali statehood, blackmail against Somali politicians and leaders, spying on foreign agencies, extortion of Somali businessmen and companies, and sexual violence and acts of violence against Somali women.
All of this led to the expulsion of Simon Mulongo, according to a local official within the ministry who spoke to local media.
Mulongo will be the second diplomat to be expelled from our country in two years, under the “Persona Non grata” order, and he has been ordered to leave the country within seven days.
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