Tuesday June 11, 2019-The diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Somalia is now beyond repair after Government of President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the closure of Kenya’s border with Somalia in Lamu indefinitely in a bid to counter terror attacks in different parts of the country in the recent past.
The closure of the border comes at a time when KDF forces have intensified security operations in the neighbouring country in the fight against Al-Shabaab militants.
Confirming the closure of the border, Lamu County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi said that the border will remain closed until further notice.
However, he said that security officers will be allowed to access the border as they continue with operations to tame the terror militia groups in Somali.
The residents in the area have also been warned against conducting any form of trade across the border lest they are killed or arrested over the same. Traders who will not adhere to the directive risk losing their licenses or face arrest.
The Kenyan Government also outlawed fishing at the Coast to minimize the activities of the terror militia. The move was compounded by increased cases of human trafficking, sale of fake goods and drug trafficking.
Apart from Al-Shabaab threats, Kenya and Somalia are also involved in a diplomatic tiff following the auction of Kenyan oil blocks in the Indian Ocean by Somalia Government.
The Kenyan DAILY POST