Kenyan army commanders in Kismayu may face international arrest warrant by Iterpol due to their role in charcoal trade in Somalia, GM can reveal.
A reliable sources have said that recent statement by the Somalia Public prosecutor on persons involving charcoal trade in Kismayu maybe the source of recent diplomatic row between the two countries.
Somali government earlier of the month warned that charcoal trader will face possible charges: ” The Somali government is aware of individuals involving charcoal trade in Somalia and currently invistigating them. In the near future, with the colloboration of Interpol we will be able to bring them before the justice,” a press statement from Somalia Public Prosecutor Office read.
In this statement, Kenya believes Somalia, in the pretext of charcoal trade, will bring charges againts members of Jubbaland adminstration allied to Kenya government, sources close to Villa Somalia and with knowledge on the ongoing diplomatic row between the two countries told GM.
Members of Kenya Defense Forces were also blamed on the charcoal trade which was banned by the United Nations. After Kenya Defense Forces and their allied militia led by Ahmed Madoobe, the export of charcoal from the Kismayu port resumed. And according to reliable sources, Kenya call UN to lift charcoal ban to clear one million socks of charcoal from the port.
Kismayu was the only port controlled by Alshabaab before they were ousted by Kenya Defense Forces offensive in 2013. The port also was the major charcoal trade hub and the biggest source of revenue for the militant group.
But many believe despite the control of the Kenya Defense Forces at the port, the illegally trade continued.