Mogadishu-The African Union Mission in Somalia AMISOM said that “the Special representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (SRCC) and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira,has been following closely the events in South West State of Somalia that culminated in the arrest of Mr. Mukhtar Robow” in a statement.
Ambassador Madeira said “that AMISOM had no part in the arrest of Mr. Robow and his subsequent transfer to Mogadishu”.
The statement published on AMISOM’s website said that the mission “will continue to recognize and respect the sovereignty of the people and the government of Somalia”.
Ethiopian troops had arrested Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansoor on Thursday from Baidoa the Capital city of Bay region, where the election of South-West sate will be held on Wednesday 19 December as the electoral commission planned.
Robow, but known as Abu Mansoor was candidate of the upcoming election and one of the front runners, the EX deputy leader of Al-shabaab was arrested from Baidoa and transferred to Mogadishu by the Federal Government of Somalia cooperating with Ethiopian troops in Baidoa
“I wish to call upon all parties to exercise the utmost restraint in resolving the issues related to the current situation in the country and the upcoming elections in the South West State of Somalia” said Ambassador Madeira.
“We are saddened by the loss of lives in Baidoa and send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the quick recovery of those who sustained injuries,” he added.
The arrest of Robow resulted crises and violent demonstration in Baidoa that was also created a chaotic situation and the death of more than 10 people including member of south west parliament.