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African leaders want Somali city annexed

05 August 2013, 09:44

Uganda - Regional leaders say they want Somalia's central government to take control of Kismayu, a disputed port city where there has been fighting between rival militias.

African leaders said in a statement at the end of a summit in Uganda that control of Kismayu's seaport and airport "should be handed over" to the Mogadishu-based government.

The decision puts pressure on Kenya, whose troops in Kismayu have been accused of backing one militia, the Raskamboni brigade, against others in fighting there.

The Raskamboni brigade - which helped Kenya to push al-Shabaab militants out of Kismayu - is led by a warlord who has established a local administration in Kismayu that's independent of the central government.

The Kampala summit, Uganda's capital, was attended by leaders of African countries that have sent peacekeepers to Somalia.

- AP


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