– President Uhuru Kenyatta expected to land in Somalia for the inauguration of Mohamed AbdulIahi Farmajo the new president of Somalia
– Farmajo won Somalia’s February election defeating 19 candidates
– Somalia’s capital is in lock down as leaders from East Africa attend the inauguration
(TUKO) — President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to land in Mogadishu, Somalia on Wednesday, February 22
Uhuru’s visit to the troubled Somalia capital is for the inauguration of its new President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.
Mogadishu is in complete lock down as Uhuru and other East African are expected for the historical event.
Kenya is a close ally of Somalia and has a large military presence in the country fighting al-Shabaab.
Special forces from the Somalia National Army (SNA), police and the African Union Mission to Somalia (Amisom) have created a security cordon around the venue of the ceremony.
Security forces are also on high alert as threats of attack from terror group al-Shabaab is highly likely.
Earlier this week the militants released a statement referring to the new Somalia president as an apostate and have vowed to fight him.
On Thursday, February 16, the militants launched a mortar attack on the presidential palace popularly known as Villa Somalia in Mogadishu.
The militants fired six mortars at the residence with some shells hitting the presidential complex.
The attack on the palace occurred as a ceremony involving newly elected Somalia president and his predecessor Hassan Sheikh was going on.
Airports, roads and major streets in the capital will remain closed until the leaders attending the inauguration including Uhuru are safely back home.
Guests attending the ceremony will be screened before being let into the venue.
Farmajo won the February Somalia election, defeating 19 candidates including former leader Hassan Sheikh.
Voters in the election were limited to 275 members of parliament and 54 senators.
Watch a video of Farmajo below. https://youtu.be/reyixnX3v2M