A letter from European Union, Germany Embassy in Nairobi and the United Kingdom has confirmed the resumption of the support to Somalia joint Police programme which was suspended after the UN raised concerns of a gross human rights violation by South West state Police forces during the elections last year.
The decision came following a commitment from the government although the letter did specify the commitments.
” We welcome these initiatives, and it was these important commitments that enabled us to lift the suspension of support to Police in South West State that was put in place following December elections,” the letter read.
The suspension came after thousands of protesters, who were supporting the former leader of Alshabaab and then a candidate for the Southwest Presidential candidate, Mukhtar Robow, took streets to protest his arrest. He was arrested and flown to Mogadishu by Ethiopian forces.
Civilians were killed after Police dispersed the protesters forcefully.
The Somalia Federal Government barred him from participating the elections as he did not complete a rehabilitation programme sit in place for Alshabaab defector.
Mukhtar Robow is still in the custody of the government without any formal charges against him brought before courts in Somalia.
His arrest was also protested by the then UN envoy in Somalia, Nicklos Haysom. He suggested that the detention of Robow may not be legal. The government later expelled him from the country and was only replaced by American diplomat James Swan who was appointed this week.
Also, repeated attempt to release Mr Roobow from the prison by elders and politicians from South West has failed.