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Somalia authorities clarify Diplomatic brawl breaks out at Somali embassy in the Zambian capital.

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Source: The Telegraph

A brawl broke out at the Somali embassy in the Zambian capital Lusaka after the East African country apparently sent a new ambassador to take over without recalling the incumbent, according to reports.

Sources at Zambian police headquarters said they were summoned to the embassy on Friday morning by Ambassador Shirwa Ibrahim and found the two men squaring up.

“Ambassador Ibrahim said there was a man who was bothering him at the office claiming that he had been appointed by their president to take over his job,” the source told a Zambian newspaper. “The situation got very tense because the two got physical.”

Since both presented diplomatic credentials, neither could be arrested.

Mr Ibrahim later said that the “impostor” was a member of the Zambia-Somali Friendship Association in Lusaka and claimed the man’s credentials were forged.

Dr Effron Lungu, Zambia’s deputy foreign minister, said that Mr Ibrahim remained the ambassador until such time as Zambia was contacted by the Somali government and told otherwise. The Zambian-Somali Friendship Association could not be contacted for comment.

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Somalia authorities clarify on incident in Zambia embassy

Source: Africa Review

Somalia government Sunday clarified that the diplomatic row in Lusaka, leading to the temporal closure of the embassy in the country, was caused by a Somali national masquerading as an envoy.

Zambian authorities late Friday closed the embassy after confusion emerged when another “diplomat” was sent in to take up the appointment without the knowledge of the one serving Shirwa Ibrahim.

“It is a very embarrassing situation that we had to disclose our differences at the police station,” Mr Ibrahim, who took up office three months ago, said. According to the ambassador, the man who turned up to claim his post, only identified as Muhammed, was a resident and a member of the Somali-Zambia Friendship Association.

Chaos

The ambassador also accused Somalis in Zambia of frustrating his government’s operations in the country.

“The Somalia Embassy has been having problems for the past two years because of a group of people calling itself, the Zambia-Somali Friendship Association. They want to take over the embassy and put a member of their group so that they can start using the embassy to facilitate their business transactions with the Zambian government.”

Mr Ibrahim also blamed the Zambian government for the problems facing his embassy, claiming that some corrupt Somalis based in Lusaka have been gaining access to government departments through “bribes”.

So far, Zambian government has not responded to the allegations.

Currently, Somalia is run by a transitional government and has been categorised as a failed state. It has been without an effective central government since President Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991.

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