Somali elders who hail from Juba region have strongly criticized Ethiopia’s involvement in administration building efforts for the region.
The elders have accused Ethiopia of derailing efforts to
bring together Somali tribes so as to build a comprehensive administrative government
for Kismayo and the Juba regions.
Hussein Hassan who is among the elders based in Kismayo has described
Ethiopia as a neighbor who never served the interests of the Somali people.
As such, Mr. Hussein urged the Ethiopians to leave Somalis
alone to sort out their problems, since he said; Somalis know each other well
and at long last, they will reach a consensus on the issue.
Building a comprehensive administration for Kismayo and Juba
region has being a thorny issue for the Somali government since the matter has
being compounded by direct involvement by neighboring states and intertribal rivalries.