Somalia wants direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi

Published: November 4, 2014
Kenya and Somalia ministers of Transportation
Kenya and Somalia ministers of Transportation

Somalia’s minister of Transportation and Public works met his Kenyan counterpart Michael Kamau to discuss on areas of cooperation.

The meeting was held in the Kenya ministry of Transport and Infrastructure headquarters in Nairobi on Monday with both ministers discussing on enhancing cooperation.

Among issues talked was planes that come from Somalia and stop in Wajir- a tiny airport in the remote northern Kenya town which ethnic Somalis have continuously complained about the ordeals they encounter.

Every plane that flies from Somalia has to land at Wajir for security reasons. Besides that, ethnic Somalis are discriminated and abused by the Kenyan immigration officers.

Most of them end up paying bribes to the officials at the airport in order to continue with their journey to their final destination.

‘’ We want direct flights from Mogadishu to Nairobi without stopping at Wajir,’’ the Somalia minister told reporters after the meeting.

Wajir airport
Wajir airport

Both ministers agreed to form a joint committee to investigate on the complaints from the ethnic Somalis within a month.

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