Somalia has expelled the top United Nations official accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty days after he raised concerns about the actions of UN-supported Somali security forces.
“The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, is no longer welcome in Somalia and cannot operate in the country,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Haysom was accused of “violating protocols” and “deliberately interfering” in the internal affairs of the Horn of Africa country.
There was no immediate reaction from the UN mission in Somalia.
The order is issued a few days after Haysom raised concerns about the action of Somalia’s UN-backed security services in recent clashes with demonstrators contesting the arrest of former al-Shabab deputy leader Mukhtar Robow in the southern city of Baidoa last month, leaving 15 people dead and 300 people arrested.