Anger at Aideed's remarks
By WAWERU MUGO
of Somali leaders and elders reacted with anger over warlord
Hussein Aideed's territorial ambitions against Kenya.
They termed him,
a disgraced warlord and a terrorist who shed the blood of
innocent people and said a firm no to his appeal that Somalis
living in Kenya "return home".
The government was
swift too and insisted that the Somali dominated North-Eastern
province was every inch Kenya's and would never be ceded to
Mohamud Saleh urged the state to crackdown on elements of
Aideed's Somali National Alliance and revealed that police
would step up efforts to clear the province of foreigners
Mr Saleh said, "It
is a non-issue (Kenya Somalis joining Somalia).. He (Aideed)
is nothing to us (Kenya) and we ignore his claim with the
contempt it deserves.." He was categorical that their (Somalia
Somalis) infiltration to Kenya posed a threat to the peace
currently in place.
The PC who was the
chief guest at a function in the city stated; "North Eastern
province is Kenya and Kenya is North Eastern (sic)."
Yusuf Haji (Office of the President), Mohamed Abdi (Trade
and Industry), Adan Mohamed Noor (Environment and Natural
Resources), Mohamed Affey (Foreign Affairs) and Members of
Parliament, Dr Ali Abdi (Wajir North), Mohamed Weyra (Ijara),
Adan Keynan (Wajir West) termed the claims by the Somali warlord
disturbing and a dream that would never come true.
They made the remarks
at a function in Nairobi to lay strategies for a harambee
in aid of Wajir High School. The meeting at a city hotel was
called by old boys of the school.
Mr Mohamed Abdi
set the leaders tempo when he expressed the Somali community's
loyalty and confidence in the Kenyan government.
The Wajir East MP
rubbished Mr Aideed as a man who is no different from any
other terrorist the world over. "He is a warlord like his
father was and he too has much blood on his hands. We, the
(Kenyan Somalis) will never dream of joining Somalia," he
Dr Ali challenged
Ethiopia which is sheltering Mr Aideed to send him packing
as his continued stay in the neighbouring country may sour
relations between Kenya and Ethiopia.
He regretted that
the warlord had destabilised hi country and was now turning
his focus on Kenya.
(Ethiopian) must flush him out and bring him here to face
justice (over the serious allegations)," he said.
An angry Mr Haji
said he would liaise with the Commissioner of the Police Philemon
Abong'o to have him order the arrest of Aideed's allies in
"We have given them
(Somalis) comfort and they are abusing our hospitality. All
his (Aideed) should be rounded now!" said Mr Haji.
Mr Noor wondered,
"Who is he to speak on behalf of the Somali community here,
he has no business with us. He must be told off!"
The Ijara MP on
the other hand supported sentiments by his MP colleagues.
He said it was not only criminal but also disgusting for the
warlord "to even think of us joining him."
Mr Aideed who expressed
territorial ambitions against Kenya and Ethiopia reportedly
said he would like the six million Somalis living in Kenya
and Ethiopia to "return home".
In an interview
that resurrects memories of the shifta war, Mr Aideed,
is quoted by the Integrated Regional Information Network,
a UN humanitarian information unit, saying: "We want to bring
back the Ethiopian and Kenyan Somalis otherwise you have a
divided population who are in the same family."
Mr Aideed compares
the situation of ethnic Somalis living in Kenya and Ethiopia
to the former East and West Germany and the North and South
Although he says
he would not want to "return to the old ways of militarism",
he maintains that the move should not give rise to other independent