A Twitter handle named NFD Independence Party has emerged claiming in its bio section that they’re ”Freedom Fighters”. It has received mix reaction from the online community and since its creation garnered close to 600 followers.
One of its f tweets, the handle claims that the Kenya government and Alshabaab oppress the population of the region. ” Comrades let’s bravely march for fairer and independent NFD,” it says in the tweet with a picture of ” important points to note”.
Comrades let's bravely march for fairer and independent NFD pic.twitter.com/pUEdawIdDt
— NFD Independence Party (@MovementNfd) June 9, 2019
The Northern Frontier district is mainly inhabited by Somalis and it’s neighbor to Somalia. Kenya and Somali had disputed the territory and the diplomatic dispute between the countries on the martime border may have ignited new animosity between the two neighboring countries may split to the region.
Kenya has accused Somalia of auctioning its territory in an oil exploration auction hosted in London, February this year. The accusation reached its highest after Kenya ousted Somali Ambassador to Kenya and recalled Kenya ambassador to Mogadishu but later the diplomatic ties between the countries were restored.
Following the dispute reports emerged that Kenya wants to establish stronger ties with Somaliland, a breakaway in north Somalia who wants independent from Somalia. a delegation from Somaliland visited Kenya and Somaliland says they want to invite Kenya President to visit Somaliland. Kenya did not refute the Somaliland claims.
Sources close to Somali government says that the government of Somalia will not need to fight with Kenya, but if Kenya tries to middle Somalia politics they will be forced to act. One of the immediate moves Somalia may consider evaluating the possibility of recognizing Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) who are a separatist organization based in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya. The group claims areas around Mombasa and the coastal area. It has both Muslim and Christian supporters.
This claims cannot be independently verified but the row between Somalia and Kenya may not end even after the ruling International Court of Justice which the case of Kenya and Somalia maritime dispute is referred to.
Featured photo caption: Photo of survivors of Wagala massacre in 1980s. Kenyan troops had descended on the area to reportedly help defuse clan-related conflict. However, according to eye-witness testimony, about 5,000 Somali men were then taken to an airstrip and prevented from accessing water and food for five days before being executed by Kenyan soldiers