Somalia expels African Union diplomat

Thursday November 04 2021

The Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo engages with the Federal Electoral Implementation Team (FEIT) and the Federal Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development in Mogadishu, Somalia on November 4, 2021. PHOTO | AMISOM


Somalia has expelled the deputy special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission, accusing him of engaging in activities at odds with the peacekeeping mission in the country.

Mr Simon Mulongo, a Ugandan national, was declared persona non-grata on Thursday and given up to November 11 to leave Mogadishu.

Somalia Foreign Affairs ministry wrote to the Addis Ababa-based AU Commission, informing the secretariat of the continental bloc of its decision.

Mr Mulongo “is designated ‘persona non grata’ and ordered to leave Somalia within seven days, for engaging in activities incompatible with Amisom’s mandate and Somalia’s security strategy,” the ministry said.