Amisom Denies Involvement In Robow Arrest
African Union Mission In Somalia AMISOM has distanced itself from the arrest of South West State presidential candidate Mukhtar Robow. In a statement released on Saturday Amisom denied earlier reports in the local media that it's troops arrested Robow at the Presidential Palace in Baidoa. "Ambassador Madeira wishes to inform the public and it's partners that AMISOM had no part in the arrest of Mr Robow and his subsequent transfer to Mogadishu" the statement partly read. Reports had indicated that Ethiopian troops and Somalia security agents were arrested Robow. A number of Ethiopian troops in Baidoa and parts of South central Somalia are however not part of the AMISOM peacekeeping troops. South West State regional and Federal Mps had accused AMISOM of being partisan following the reports that it's troops were involved in the arrest. "I wish to call upon all parties to exercise restraint in resolving the issues related to the current situation in the country and the upcoming elections in the South West State of Somalia" Amb Madeira is quoted in the statement. Robow's arrest triggered three days of unrest in the South West State administrative headquarters Baidoa. At least 16 people including a regional MP have been killed in the Baidoa Unrests. Robow remains in custody at the NISA headquarters in the Somali capital Mogadishu.