Somalia protests additional security checks by Kenya

By Fauxile Kibet

Somalia has urged Kenya to reconsider the reintroduction of additional security checks on its citizens in Wajir, saying it contravenes an earlier agreement between the two countries.

“This is inconsistent with an agreement reached between our two governments in respect of conducting direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi,” a statement sent by the country’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday reads.

Somalia also argues that the security checks also jeopardizes the good neighborly relations the two countries have shared for decades and urged Nairobi to consider the impacts of its decisions.

However, the Kenyan Foreign Ministry, through Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed has since denied knowledge of any diplomatic tiff with Mogadishu adding that anyone who intended to travel to Kenya, must have applied for their visa before travelling.

But according to the Somalia Foreign Affairs Ministry, officials who were turned back held diplomatic passports, which guaranteed them entry into Kenya.

Despite the standoff, Somalia says it will still allow Kenyan citizens and government officials to travel to the country.

Somalia however issued a statement amidst an escalating maritime border row with Kenya denying that they auctioned oil and gas blocks.