Somalia praised for holding peaceful polls, but Shabaab denounces
Kenya (The Star) — President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended Somali for successfully holding a peaceful presidential election, saying it is proof the Horn of Africa country is heading in the right direction.
Uhuru said the election gave renewed hope to the Somali people and the international community that Somalia is on the road to full recovery.
“The way the election was conducted and the subsequent peaceful transfer of power has made us very proud,” Uhuru said.
The President spoke at State House, Nairobi when he received a special message from new Somalia President Mohamed Farmaajo. The message was delivered by Farmaajo’s special envoy, Abdisalam Omer, who is the new Foreign Minister of Somalia.
Uhuru said the existing cooperation between Kenya and Somalia in a wide range of areas, including peace and security, would strengthen the bond of friendship between the two countries. The special envoy expressed appreciation for the efforts Kenya has continued to offer towards the stabilisation of Somalia.
Meanwhile, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, who has been in the country since Monday, wrapped up his State Visit yesterday and was seen off at the JKIA by Uhuru.
The Slovak President started his State Visit by holding talks with Uhuru that focused on deepening bilateral ties between Kenya and Slovakia.
Shabaab denounces new Somalia leader
Kenya (Citizens TV) — The Al Shabaab militant group has denounced newly elected Somalia President, Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’, for backing the African Union troops currently in the country on a mission to weed out the Islamist fighters.
Through their radio broadcast, the militants termed efforts to rebuild the national army as an “endless project”.
On Thursday, February 16, two people were killed in a barrage of mortar rounds fired toward Somalia’s presidential palace as the country’s new leader moved in.