Mahama is a credible personality, ignore Somalia – Bombande to AU

Emmanuel Bombande, former Deputy Foreign Minister

A former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Mahama administration, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, has asked the African Union to ignore the concerns raised against the selection of former President John Mahama to mediate in the political tension in Somalia.

He said Mr Mahama is a credible personality and is more than qualified to perform the role assigned him by the AU.

Somalia has formally written to the African Union to stall its decision to send former Ghana President John Dramani Mahama to the country as the AU High Representative for Somalia in an effort to mediate the political impasse in the country.

In a letter dated Sunday, May 9, 2021, Somalia’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdirizak Mohamud outlined the reasons for the withdrawal of support for the AU representative.

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First of all, he said the process to find an amicable solution to the impasse in the East African country started way back in September, 2020 with the Prime Minister leading efforts to finalise political agreement.

He added that the parties had even reached an agreement to meet on Thursday, May 20. –


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