AMISOM welcomes the progress made in Jubbaland reconciliation efforts
Mogadishu 31st August 2014: Persistent joint effort by the Somali Government, Interim Jubba Administration, AMISOM, IGAD, UN, EU and the other International partners to resolve the protracted political and security tension in Jubbaland paid off on 30th August 2014 after former opposition leader Col. Barre Hirale and his supporters agreed to peacefully resolve their differences to bring an end to nearly one year of uncertainty in Jubbaland.
Col. Barre Hirale and his supporters, after discussions with respected traditional clan elders and representatives from Somali Federal Government agreed to peacefully end the differences with the Interim Jubba Administration.
AMISOM forces in Sector Kismayo went to receive Mr. Barre Hirale from his location in the town of Gobweyn village, 18Kilometres North-east of Kismayo and escorted him to Kismayo where he met and shook hands with his former political rival Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) leader of Interim Jubba Administration. UN Security Council 2093 (2013) mandated AMISOM “to support dialogue and reconciliation in Somalia by assisting with free movement, safe passage and protection of all those involved with the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia”
The Acting Head of AMISOM, Honourable Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, welcomed the re-conciliatory move by Col. Barre Hirale and Interim Jubba Administration Leader Ahmed Islan Madobe and urged the people of Jubbaland to now work with the Interim Jubba Administration and all security forces to defeat al- Shabaab and usher in new era of peace and development in of Somalia.
“African Union Mission in Somalia wants to hail Col. Barre Hirale and Ahmed Madobe for choosing peace and to work together for the sake of harmony and peace in Somalia”said Hon. Wanyoto.
After the capture of the strategic southern port city of Kismayo by Somali forces supported by AMISOM peace keepers, The Interim Jubba Administration was formed by clan representatives, who later on elected Ahmed Mohamed Islan as the Interim Jubba Administration leader, Barre Hirale and four other candidates disputed the election of Ahmed Madobe and later fought against Interim Jubba Administration in Kismayo.
When news broke out that Barre Hirale had reconciled with Ahmed Madobe, locals received the news with jubilation and hope that nearly one year of military tension and political uncertainty will end.