Emeka-Mayaka Gekara The Kenya government has closed the country\u2019s airspace with Somalia in the latest escalation of the diplomatic row between the two countries. In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya stated that the closure of the airspace was informed by the severance of diplomatic relations between the neighbouring nations. \u201cKenya-Somalia airspace has been closed following the severance of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries,\u201d read the statement dated May 27. It added that Kenya would give exemptions to humanitarian and medevac flights. \u201cFor humanitarian flights, the Ministry must be furnished with the list of the passengers and goods to be transported to Somalia before clearance is issued,\u201d the statement noted. The government however noted that it had noticed \u201cthe misuse of humanitarian flights for bilateral and political matters contrary to the NOTAM and public notice to missions and air communication between Kenya and Somalia had been stood down.\u201d \u201cThe ministry reiterates that humanitarian flights must strictly be used for humanitarian purposes to avoid a possible declaration by the government of Kenya of a full lockdown of flights,\u201d warned the government. Somaliland leader The latest move comes against the backdrop of souring relations between Nairobi-Mogadishu which started in December last year when Somalia declared that it had cut links with Kenya and ordered Kenyan diplomats to leave the country within seven days. \u201cThis is an answer to the constant political violation and Kenya\u2019s open interference in Somalia\u2019s independence,\u201d Mogadishu declared in a statement. The move followed a two-day visit to Kenya by Muse Bihi Abdi, the President of Somalia\u2019s breakaway region of Somaliland. On May 5, Mogadishu, in a dramatic turn of events announced that it was restoring diplomatic relations with Kenya. In response, Kenya\u2019s foreign ministry said that it \u201ctook note\u201d of the Somali government\u2019s announcement.