Uhuru dispatches Matiang’i to Somalia on a special mission amid soaring tensions

The Matiang'i-led team was dispatched on Sunday

President Uhuru Kenyatta with CS Fred Matiang’i at a past event

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a delegation of high-ranking state officials led by Interior CS DR. Fred Matiang’i amid soaring tensions between the two neighbouring states.

Top on the agenda of the Matiang’i-led team is meeting Somalia’s President Mohammed Farmajo.

The move follows a phone conversation bewteen President Kenyatta and his Somalia counterpart on 05 March 2020 in which the two leaders agreed to to send committees from both nations to hold talks on jointly handling border security.

Tension between Kenya and Somalia have heightened in recent days with Somalia accusing Kenya of hosting fugitive who escaped from prison.

Matiang’i confirmed the development on Twitter writing: "Following the recent wave of security challenges along the Kenya-Somalia border, some senior state officers and I have been dispatched by H.E. President Kenyatta to meet his counterpart, Farmajo with a view to ironing out the persistent cross-border issues.”.

Last week, Somalia forces took on Jubaland security forces in a fierce shoot-out in Bullahawa town that borders Mandera with reports indicating that the shootout crossed over into Kenya.

This prompted Kenya to issue a terse statement in which it challenges Somalia to focus on battling Alshabaab and avoid roping in Kenya into its internal issues.

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