12th November 2015, a meeting of Somali cabinet ministers revealed their concerns over their neighbor Kenya’s construction of a security wall that will separate the two countries and will only leave designated entry points.
Somalia’s Interior Minister Abdirahaman Odawa revealed that Mogadishu had written to Nairobi highlight the need for alternative counterterrorism strategies.
Somali Federal Government has officially declared its objection toward Kenya’s most ambitious counterterrorism project of constructing a security wall that will separate the two countries.
In a cabinet meeting in Mogadishu, Somali’s Interior Minister revealed that Mogadishu wrote to Nairobi concerning the issue and also suggesting of alternative joint counterterrorism measures and strategies that will involve and benefit both countries.Somali Prime Minister Omar Sharmake expressed the same views in his recent visit to Nairobi.
Kenya and Somalia are tangled in diplomatic woes about maritime dispute with Somalia accusing Kenya of encroaching on its territory at the Indian Ocean; Kenya has recently been reported of demolishing colonial post that will in turn be replaced by the security wall.
Kenya’s ambitious project was prompted by constant attacks on the Kenyan people from the neighboring Somali-based al Qaeda branch al Shabaab. The wall is set to be modern wall with high-tech surveillance equipment that will shun off the militants from gaining entry into the country at will.
Kenya has adamantly insisted that the construction of the security wall will continue as planned seeing as it is in the best interest of the her national security and her citizenry.