The Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, has this week extended an official invitation to the leader of the renegade one-clan secessionist enclave in north west Somalia calling itself Somaliland (former British Somaliland) to visit Kenya. This incomprehensible act, done over the head of the Somali government and so soon after the Istanbul conference on Somalia, is pregnant with dangerous ramifications. It is the last thing that Somalis from Somalia, apart from the secessionists, expected from Kenya; first because of its key role in the search for peace and stability in Somalia and secondly because it is the last country one would expect to flirt with secessionists given its own vulnerability to it. And above all, it is an act that is clearly a blatant interference in Somalia's internal affairs, contrary to the Charters of IGAD, AU and the UN, and amounts to legitimising the secession of a renegade enclave that the international community had shunned for 22 years for good reasons.
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