Somalia on Thursday expelled Ugandan diplomat Simon Mulongo after declaring him persona-non-grata.
Mulongo was given a week to leave the war-torn Horn of Africa country.
He is the deputy special representative of the African Union chairperson Moussa Faki and deputy Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
This is contained in a November 4 letter to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and copied to Amisom head office in Mogadishu.
The letter says, “…the individual listed below (Mulongo) is designated ‘persona-non-grata’ and ordered to leave Somalia within seven (7) days, for engaging in activities incompatible with Amisom’s mandate and Somalia’s security strategy.”
Mulongo told Daily Monitor that “this [expulsion] is a surprise because I know I have done no wrong. The language used contains block phrases whose details and meaning I don’t know. I have no reason. I have no idea what this is about. I want to deal with facts, not rumours.”
The newspaper reported that Somalia is kicking out foreign diplomats, sometimes at the instigation of office rivals, is a modus operandi of the Somali government.