Somali Government detail reasons for expulsion of Simon Mulongo1 min read
The Somali government has expelled the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia Simon Mulongo as a ‘persona non grata’.
The Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs has written to the African Union Commission accusing Simon Mulongo, a Ugandan, of “activities that do not comply with AMISOM’s mandate and security strategy in Somalia.”
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the AU Commission that Simon Mulongo should leave the country within seven days.
The minister underlined that Mr Mulongo had acted outside his mandate, noting that he had received several warnings in the past, but that the government had now made a clear decision for him to leave the country within a week.
“He was involved in something other than his own, and it was outside the scope of his contract, which led to his expulsion,” said Minister Abdirizak.
Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia, stated that this shows that the Government of Somalia does not allow diplomats to do anything on their own accord and violate the terms of their agreement whilst in the country.
“It is an honor for our sovereignty, that Somalis are ultimately responsible for their security,” added the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia.
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