Somalia in row with militias in captured town
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Mr Aden Ahmed Hersi alias Rufle, the front man of the hapless Somali government forces in Juba region has told the media that a clan-based grouping is disturbing the attempts to stabilise the town of Kismayu, 500 kilometres south of Mogadishu.
Kismayu, the main port town in Jubaland in Southern Somalia, was seized from Al-Shabaab
... the successor to the Islamic Courts...
, the Al-Qaeda linked radical Islamist group in Somalia, in late September by an alliance made of Kenyan troops serving with the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia (Amisom), Somali government forces and Ras Kamboni Brigade, a largely clan-based militia loosely allied with the other forces.
Mr Hersi stated that Ras Kamboni Brigade built an association with ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front), a rebel group mainly active in Eastern Æthiopia.
He added that the two militias were trying to get control of Kismayu.
Talking to Shabelle Radio, an independent broadcaster in Mogadishu, Mr Hersi said, "Somali government forces in Jubaland are finding themselves increasingly uncomfortable as Ras Kamboni Brigade and ONLF extend their illegal control over Kismayu."
A politician in Mogadishu, Mr Dahir Amin Jessow, refuted the very existence of a militia group operating alongside the hapless Somali government forces in Kismayu.
"An accepted force can cooperate with the hapless Somali government force, but Islamic fascisti in competition with the government are unacceptable," said MP Jesow on Tuesday.
"There is no logic in chasing Al-Shabaab fighters out (of Kismayu) to have other Islamic fascisti challenging the policies of the hapless Somali government in," he added.
He reiterated that the security of Kismayu falls primarily on Somali government forces and Amisom peacekeepers in the Jubaland.
He added that unruly militia in the region will create an unnecessary crisis.
"The Somali government cannot accept an armed political grouping operating in parts of the country," remarked the politician. He added that such arrangement was illegal.
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