AMISOM investigates KDF’s alleged airstrike in Somalia

KDF operating in Somalia. [Image: Courtesy]
MOGADISHU, Somalia— African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is currently engaged in gathering information on the alleged incident of Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) airstrike against civilians in the Gedo region of Somalia.

The Federal Republic of Somalia KDF is responsible for conducting the airstrike launched in El Adde and Hisa-u-gur in Gedo region, Jubaland State on 3rd June 2021.

In a statement released on June 4, 2021, Somalia said “the Indiscriminate airstrike” is “the most recent example of Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) operations resulting in the death and maiming of civilians, including women and children that are increasingly becoming unpleasant hallmark of the Kenyan air force’s standard operating procedure”

“These KDF operations cloaked under a claim of carrying out operations against extremism are undoubtedly conducted in a manner that is bereft of its obligation under the UNSC’s AMISOM mandate, particularly OP17 underlining the importance of AMISOM forces carrying out their mandate in full compliance with participating states’ obligations under international law, including with regard to the protection of civilians, especially women and children,” the statement read in part.

Mogadishu also raised wanton disregard for civilian life and property by the KDF, which is a core obligation of AMISOM, on numerous occasions with the republic of Kenya and the African Union.

In response to the Somalia Ministry of Foreign affairs’ statement, AMISOM said “it is obliged to carry out its mandated tasks in Somalia in manners that are consistent with its troop and Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs) obligations under all applicable international legal instruments.”

AMISOM statement noted that “The mission is committed to investigating all the allegations of rights violations that are levelled against troops under its command in Somalia”

Somalia is also set to begin procedures for establishing a standing claims commission with the AU, as outlined in article XXV, Paragraph 59, of the Status Mission Agreement, in order to account perpetrators for the unlawful destruction of property and restitution for the victims.