Kenya has denied the accusations by Somalia that it is involved in stirring up the conflict between Somalia federal government and the Jubaland state. Speaking to journalists in Nairobi early on Thursday, the government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said that Kenya had not been involved with the conflict between the two. He clearly stated that as a country Kenya will not accept to be involved in Somalia political and domestic issues. He however said they will push for peace and urged Somalia leaders to solve their conflicts through dialogue.
Oguna said that a peaceful Somalia is beneficial to his country. He also added that this is the country where they run to during violence and therefore it beats logic that the same country would be responsible for distablizing them. Reseat shows that Kenya hosts 270,000 Somali refugee and 10,000 more live and work in small towns and cities.
On Monday, Somalia government troops and Jubaland forces clashed in Beled town on the Kenya Somalia border. According to local aid agencies 21 were injured and at least 30,000 people had fled their homes. Mustaf Abdullahi's niece's were injured and are receiving treatment at Mugadishu.
Visiting the town to assess the situation on Thursday, Somalia information minister Osman Dubbe told the journalists that his country wants peace and it will defend itself from any international and external attacks.
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