In Summary
  • Mogadishu has filed an airspace violation complaint to the UN aviation agency, ICAO.
  • An aircraft flew from Nairobi directly to Kismayu instead of first landing in the capital Mogadishu.

Somalia has protested what it said is the violation of its airspace by Kenya after an aircraft flew from Nairobi directly to Kismayu instead of first landing in the capital Mogadishu.

The Somalia Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) filed the complaint against Kenya to the UN agency International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), Somali online platform Hiraan said quoting unnamed officials.

On Saturday, a Kenyan-registered Fokker 50 plane, 5Y-JXJ, carrying politicians, landed in Kismayu, the capital of Jubbaland state without making a stop over in Mogadishu as required.

In September, Somalia directed that all civilian aircraft to first stop in the capital Mogadishu before proceeding to Kismayu.

INAUGURATION

The directive followed the re-election of Jubbaland president Ahmed Madobe, whose victory was endorsed by Nairobi and rejected by Mogadishu.

The Fokker 50 plane was carrying former Somali state presidents Sharif Hassan Aden of Southwest and Galmudug's Abdikarim Hussein Guled. Several Somali MPs were also onboard heading to Kismayu ahead of the planned, but controversial, swearing-in ceremony of Madobe.

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