The Somali Community in Uganda has disassociated itself from media reports alleging that they are engaged in fraud activities including human trafficking.
Reacting to last week’s media reports, Hussein Abukar Hassan the chairperson Somali Community Association in Uganda described the allegations and baseless and unfounded.
“It is not true that we are engaged in such activities but we are known by government that we are using the association to unite the Somalis, create peace and harmony among the Somalis living in Uganda and the Somalis,” he said.
Reacting to allegations that the association is engaged in human trafficking, including charging exorbitant fees for Somalis arriving and is being investigated by Police, Hussein said the allegations are baseless.
“In fact we have as an association been helping Somalis who are arriving in Uganda as refugees escaping from war torn Mogadishu,” he said.
Hussein said the press report follows earlier disagreements that emerged between the association and the defector Somali envoy to Kampala.
“The outgoing ambassador tried to cause disunity between the communities by trying to create a parallel association. We stood our ground as a legal association. Consulted our lawyers and took him to court. Court decided that keeps off issues of Somali refugees residing in Uganda,” he said.
Kalif Omar the Somali Community Association in Uganda Coordinator and security advisor said issues of disuniting the Somalis cannot work because they are united now.
“We are now one. Those trying to destabilize us are wasting their time. We are united as one and want to ally fear that we are engaged in subversive activities like terrorism,” said Kalif
He noted that as a community, they are working with government and security agencies to ensure that peace prevails in the country.
Recently the Kampala Deputy City Resident Commissioner Allan Kajik warned the Somali ambassador to desist from creating disunity among the Somalis.
He urged the Somalis residing in Kampala to unite so as to avoid insecurityassociated with terrorism.
Kajik said government was not ready to allow anybody antagonize thepeace currently prevailing in the country.
Addressing Somalis during a security meeting in Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb with strong Somali presence, Kajik the deputy RCC for Kampala Central asked the Somalis to cooperate with security agencies and report any suspicious persons.
“if it is true the Somali ambassador (Sayid AhmedSheikh Dahir)is creating divisions among the Somali community, he (Sayid) will handled,” said Kajik.
“As government we recognize theUganda Somali Community and cherish the relationship with Somalia thatis why President Museveni sent troops to Somalia. I will call theambassador to come and unite you,” he said.
He said the role of an envoy is to represent the interests of hisnation and nationals and not to disunite them. Kajik noted that if the envoy fails to cooperate government would handle the matter diplomatically using foreign Affairs ministry.