By Ivan Mwine
A vicious diplomatic row has erupted between the government of Somalia and that of Uganda following the expulsion of Simon Mulongo, who is the Deputy Special Representative of Uganda to the African Union.
According to a letter seen by this website dated November 4th, 2021, from the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mulongo, who is one of Uganda’s long time diplomats, has been declared Persona Non-Grata, which means that he is no longer wanted in the country.
The letter reads in part thus; “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia presents its compliments to the African Union Commission and has the honour to inform the Commission that the individual listed below is designated ‘persona non grata’ and ordered to leave Somalia within Seven (7) days, for engaging in activities incompatible with AMISOM mandate and Somalia’s Security Strategy: Mr. Simon Mulongo, Deputy Representative of the African Union Commission.”
It continues that; ” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia avails itself to renew to the African Union Commission, the assurances of its highest consideration.”
However, by press time neither the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor Mulongo had responded to the said letter from the Federal Republic of Somalia but we shall bring you updates in our subsequent reports.
Simon Mulongo, born 26 June 1962, is a Ugandan financial advisor, international relations specialist, security consultant and politician.
He is the former member of parliament and Constitutional Assembly (CA) delegate for Bubulo County East, Bugisu sub-region and is a member of National Resistance Movement (NRM), the ruling political party in Uganda.