The Interim Jubba Administration officials have organized to demonstration in Kismayo and elsewhere in Lower Jubba region, south Somalia, where Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) are largely controlling, after pushing Al shabab militants out the regions in 2012.
Witnesses in Kismayo said the Local businesses and schools remained closed in the early hours of Sunday due to the rally. Security personnel were deployed at every corner in the city, in a bid to thwart Al shabab attacks.
The protestors who have been carrying banners written in “Without Kenyan troops Jubbland people will get lost” gathered out at Wamo Soccer Stadium, with the presence of several Jubb interim administration ministers, including Minister of Interior and Security, Mohamed Warsame Darwish and Minister of Social Services, Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamud.
The officials called on the United Nations, African Union, IGAD and Somalia Government to allow Kenyan forces to remainand operate in the Jubba regions.
Sierra Leone troops, fighting under AU force’s banner are set to take up the command of the Sector 5 military operation against Al shabab from the current Kenyan Command in Febuary,next month.
Kenyan Defense Forces, who are part of the African Union mission to Somalia (AMISOM), have driven Al Shabaab militants out of Kismayo city and other large swathes in the regions of southern Somalia.