The former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama who was appointed as envoy to Somalia by the African Union (AU) earlier this month, has now withdrawn his acceptance.
As the high representative of AU to Somalia, his responsibility was to help mediate between stakeholders who are yet to agree on an electoral calendar as well as those who would manage the polls.
SOMALIA’S LACK OF SUPPORT
Mahama came forward on Thursday to say the Somali federal government has failed to show any support. He added that the proposed assignment required that he “enjoy the unalloyed support and co-operation of all political stakeholders”.
Hence, Mahama decided to pull out from the political crisis. Initially, Somalia officially rejected his appointment last week claiming he has “extensive links” with Kenya — a country they are partially in good terms with. They based the rejection on the ground that questions impartiality.
Relations between Somalia and Kenya have been standing on one foot in recent years as a result of interference in political affairs and the fight for the oily maritime border.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.