Somalia expels Ugandan diplomat Simon Mulongo

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA: Authorities in Somalia have expelled Ugandan diplomat Simon Mulongo, the Deputy Head of the African Mission in Somalia (Amisom), for allegedly engaging in “incompatible” behaviour, the DailyExpress reports.

The country’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in a letter copied to Amisom and the African Union Commission (AUC), declared the envoy persona non grata and ordered Mulongo to leave the country within a week.

“(He is) ordered to leave the country within seven days for engaging in activities incompatible with Amisom’s mandate and Somalia’s security strategy,” the letter says.

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The Somali federal government did not elaborate on the nature of the activities. But its statement, dated November 4,  2021, has been sent to the African Mission Commission in Addis-Ababa and copied to the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Addis Ababa and the Office of African Mission in Somalia, within Mogadishu.

In a subsequent tweet, Somali Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak said the federal government would hold AMISOM staff accountable, especially those in leadership positions who are expected to avoid anything that could tarnish their image, their duties to the UN and the African Union.

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Mulongo was appointed to the office on August 19, 2017, taking over from Lydia Wanyoto Mutende whose contract had ended at the time. He previously served as a Director of the East African Standby Force in Nairobi and as a member of Parliament representing Bubulo East constituency.urn

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