October 21, 2014 | Morning Headlines.

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Government troops die in road accident

20 Oct – Source: Radio Dalsan/Radio Goobjoog/Radio Muqdisho – 102 Words

Today, seven government soldiers died in a road accident at Taree Dishe (KM13) on Mogadishu-Afgoye Highway.

Eyewitnesses told Dalsan that the soldiers died after a vehicle they were travelling which was over speeding suddenly overturned after the driver lost control of it. The vehicle deviated from the highway before it rolled. Five other passengers including a cameraman from HORN CABLE TV and another civilian survived with injuries.

The bodies of the deceased soldiers and the injured ones were brought to Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital. Most of the drivers of the military vehicles in the country over speed and consequently cause fatal accidents.

Key Headlines

  • Government troops die in road accident (Radio Dalsan/Radio Goobjoog/Radio Muqdisho)
  • UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM troops in Hiiraan region (Radio Goobjoog/Mareeg Media)
  • The executive manager of CWC: the summit will be a fruitful one for Somalis (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Oil companies say they don’t think there will be outbreak of Ebola in Somalia (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Puntland President Attends Global African Investment Summit( Horseed media )
  • Somali Culture and Higher Education ministry examines hundreds of Somali students for Iraqi scholarship (Alshahid.net )
  • Parliament holds discussion on the country’s upcoming political parties (Radio RBC)
  • Somalia: Ethio-Somalia relations growing – Ambassador (Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency)
  • Somalia to get oil flowing by 2020 (The Africa Report)
  • Gunning down the taxmen of Somalia (Al-Jazeer.com)
  • EU notes decrease in piracy near Somalian Coast (RIA.RU – 304 Words)
  • Somali pirate kingpin Mohamed Garfanji arrested: security sources (DNA India)

SOMALI MEDIA

Government troops die in road accident

20 Oct – Source: Radio Dalsan/Radio Goobjoog/Radio Muqdisho – 102 Words

Today, seven government soldiers died in a road accident at Taree Dishe (KM13) on Mogadishu-Afgoye Highway.

Eyewitnesses told Dalsan that the soldiers died after a vehicle they were travelling which was over speeding suddenly overturned after the driver lost control of it. The vehicle deviated from the highway before it rolled. Five other passengers including a cameraman from HORN CABLE TV and another civilian survived with injuries.

The bodies of the deceased soldiers and the injured ones were brought to Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital. Most of the drivers of the military vehicles in the country over speed and consequently cause fatal accidents.


UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM troops in Hiiraan region

20 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog/Mareeg Media  – 196 Words

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area.

Armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM troops yesterday morning while they were on a mission to help restore peace near the village of Deefow.

“I condemn yesterday’s attack on AMISOM troops near the village of Deefow in Hiiraan region. They were in the area to calm the situation and promote reconciliation. The situation will not be resolved by further violence. Local leaders and traditional elders must work together to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue in full co-operation with the federal and regional governments. The Somali people have suffered enough and know that no good can come from further violence and insecurity. We remain committed to supporting the Somali people, the Federal Government and AMISOM as they work together to restore peace.” said SRSG Kay.

SRSG Kay extended his sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed or injured as a result of the conflict in Hiiraan region.


The executive manager of CWC: the summit will be a fruitful one for Somalis

20 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 189 Words

The executive manager of CWC, the group organizing the summit of Somalia oil and Gas alongside with the ministry of natural resources in London Mostafa Al-Bali in an exclusive interview to Goobjoog FM stated that the conference will have special importance to Somali people as the participants will focus on strengthening and enhancing Somalia oil and Gas industry.

“The summit will be a fruitful one for Somalis” Mostafa Al-Bali said.

He added that the delegates will listen to the ministry’s remarks on the summit, the minister for natural resource of federal government Mr. Daud Omar speaking at the conference explained what is happening in the industry and updating all the international oil companies interested in investing the country.

Mr. Bali underlined that ninety percent of the delegates at the summit are international oil companies interested in knowing exactly what is happening  in the industry. The international companies that attended the conference include TOTAL, SHEL, PP and Look Oil among others. Shell has signed contract with the ministry and companies from United Arab Emirates Mubadaras world.


Oil companies say they don’t think there will be outbreak of Ebola in Somalia

20 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 139 Words

The executive director of Soma Oil and Gas, Robert Sheppard said he doesn’t think there will be an Ebola outbreak in Somalia.

He said this today while a conference on oil exploration in Somalia is due to start in London. He told media that his firm is going to accelerate the oil exploration efforts inside Somalia. Mr. Robert Sheppard said oil and gas will have an impact in the future of Somalia. He pointed out that there are a lot of oil deposits off the Somali coast. He also pointed out that one of the oil well is being dug near the coastline.

Mr.Robert Sheppard said the oil exploration companies are not worried about any outbreak of Ebola inside Somalia. He said what matters now is a political stability which can enable the exploration efforts in Somalia.


Puntland President attends Global African Investment Summit

20 Oct – Source: Horseed media  – 209 Words

The Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS) kicked off in London on Monday. It was attended by a number of African leaders and world’s largest institutional investors.
Representing Somalia, Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali alongside his counterparts, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, John Dramani Mahama of Ghana and Prime Minister of Tanzania were present in the summit.

Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo who is chairing the meeting, said that it is the right time and opportunity to invest in Africa.

In an exclusive Interview, Puntland leader said that his government is looking for investors to finance projects in key industries including infrastructure, agriculture and natural resources. “We have a number of important projects that will help the Puntland economy grow substantially…Finding the best investors for the projects and knowing that the projects will be undertaken in a way that creates shared value and promotes long-term sustainability is crucial,” he said.

According to analysts, the stable environment enjoyed by Puntland is a key attraction to investors. Puntland delegation is expected to hold meetings during the Summit with officials representatives from a range of investors. Africa is being recognized as a profitable market opportunity in the global economy today. It is home to six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies.


Somali Culture and Higher Education ministry examines hundreds of Somali students for Iraqi scholarship

20 Oct – Source: Alshahid.net  – 264 Words

Somali Ministry of Culture and Higher Education, examined on Monday three hundred and sixteen students for postgraduate study in Iraqi universities.

Duale Adan Mohamed, Somali Minister of Culture and Higher Education accompanied by his deputy minister, general director of the ministry, Isma’il Yusuf Osman, members of social affairs commission of Somali parliament visited the examination center in Mahamud Mire secondary school at Waberi district in Mogadishu.

The students who participated the examination came from many parts of the country and hoped to win for their goal of traveling to Iraq for full scholarship purpose. The director promised that every scholarship will end with fair competition so Somali citizens to get their rights of education.

Duale Adan Mohamed held a press conference inside Mahmud Mire secondary school after evaluated the examination process and thanked to Iraqi government for its role of supporting Somali government and people while there is political instability in Iraqi territory.

“Three hundred and sixteen students are sitting for post graduate scholarship studies in Iraq. I am thanked to Iraqi government. It recognized that Somalia still needs educational support. This exam will be fair. There are also postgraduate scholarships which we gained from Iraq”, Duale Adan Mohamed, Somali Minister of Culture and Higher Education said

Monday’s examination is the second during this year as Isma’il Yusuf Osman, Somali Minister of Culture and Higher Education confirmed while briefing the students. The first examination was July 5, when Somali students examined for scholarships from Yemen and Sudan.


Parliament holds discussion on the country’s upcoming political parties

20 Oct – Source: Radio RBC – 186 Words

Somali Federal Parliament today hold a special session at the House of People in Mogadishu to discuss the country’s upcoming political parties and drafting a new law on political parties.

Members of the parliament started to discuss the agenda as a parliamentary sub-committee on political parties and elections presented a well documented presentation on the structure of the political parties and the elections on 2016.

The presentation of the parliamentary sub-committee highlighted the need for a new law to govern and direct the number of the political parties, conditions for registration as well as time frame. The country currently has no recognized political party, despite that, clan-based parties are running to gain recognition within 2016 elections.

The move came as the country  prepares to face its first democratic election for more than 40 years.  In 2016, which is marked as the end of the current government, Somalis are supposed to vote for a new president and a new parliament with the help of peace and stability returning back to the nation following the ousting of Al Shabab militants from the most urban areas.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Somalia: Ethio-Somalia relations growing – Ambassador

20 Oct – Source: Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency – 486 Words

The relationship between Somalia and Ethiopia is growing in all aspects, said the Ethiopian ambassador to Somalia. According to Ambassador Wondimu Asmamaw, the two countries’ relationship is not only limited to regional peace and security, but also includes education, transport, trade and investment cooperation.

“The relations between the two countries are deepening and going beyond the regional peace and security cooperation which we usually focus on,” he said in an exclusive interview with WIC.

Asked about Ethiopia’s role in Somalia, he said, the country has been playing a crucial role not only in its capacity as the current Chair of IGAD, but also as a country that has a stake in the peace and security of Somalia.


Somalia to get oil flowing by 2020

20 Oct – Source: The Africa Report – 517

Somalia aims to produce oil within six years, Petroleum Minister Daud Mohamed Omar said today, as he announced plans to reassert control over a sector which has foundered since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

Hopes that the impoverished East African nation could emulate neighbouring Kenya by discovering and bringing to market offshore resources have been kept on ice by long-running territorial disputes between regional authorities.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources has drafted bills for revenue sharing and downstream development, and submitted them to state governments for approval, Omar said in a statement read by an interpreter at the second annual Somalia Oil and Gas summit in London. He added that the ministry, created less than a year ago, was the only legitimate authority in the sector and that deals signed with regional governments were illegal.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Gunning down the taxmen of Somalia

20 Oct – Source: Al-Jazeer.com  – 1, 048 Words

At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.

Feysal Mohamed Ahmed is a man living in fear. He is tasked with the unenviable job of collecting taxes in a city awash with small arms and where people aren’t accustomed to paying government taxes. Ahmed works for the local government in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. He is one of six tax collectors in the district of Dharkanley. Every morning before Ahmed leaves the house, he offers a silent prayer, then says goodbye to his two young sons.

Every prayer, every hug and each goodbye could be his last, and so Ahmed takes his time before he starts walking the short distance to work. For Ahmed, every passer-by on his journey is a potential hitman ready to take him out. “Many of my colleagues have been killed. Others escaped with injuries and cannot work anymore,” said the clean-shaved, baby-faced 23-year-old. He has been collecting municipal taxes for the past two years.


EU notes decrease in piracy near Somalian Coast

20 Oct  – Source: RIA.RU – 304 Words

The European Union noted a decline in piracy activity off the coast of Somalia, the EU Foreign Affairs Council said in a Monday press release following a meeting in Luxembourg.

“The EU welcomes the significant decline in piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden and Western Indian Ocean and encourages the Federal Government to further increase its contribution to this success. However, networks supporting piracy are still operating and the threat of piracy remains,” the statement said.

The Council also expressed concern with regard to the reports on the recent release of a pirate leader in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu and underscored the need for the authorities to “end impunity of piracy network leaders and strengthen the rule of law.”


Somali pirate kingpin Mohamed Garfanji arrested: security sources

20 Oct – Source: DNA India – 339 Words

Somali security forces have arrested one of the country’s most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources said today.

Mohamed Garfanji was seized late Sunday in the capital Mogadishu along with several of his well-armed bodyguards, according to foreign and Somali security sources. There was no official confirmation from the internationally-backed government, and sources could not confirm if he was still being held.

Both the United States and the Seychelles reportedly want to question him for his alleged kidnapping of citizens from both nations. However, last year President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud offered an amnesty to junior pirates in a bid to end attacks off the Horn of Africa nation’s coast, but said it was not open to their leaders.

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“Like many her age here, life did not look that promising. No, not at all. All around her she could see people barely surviving, young and old beaten by the vagaries of a refugee camp, fathers unable to fend for their families, and mothers watching helplessly as disease wasted their children.”


From dusty Hagadera to swanky Toronto, dreams have come true for Somali refugee

20 Oct – Source: The Nation – 1, 445 Words

On September 15, a young, towering Somali girl landed in Toronto, Canada. Looking at the 20-year-old, everything seemed just fine.

She did not look like she would be a befitting image on a booklet about squalor and abject want, especially if the narratives in mainstream media are used as yardsticks. Just a few hours earlier, she had been driven hundreds of kilometres from Dadaab, home to the world’s largest refugee camp, to Nairobi, from where she would take the flight to Toronto.

She was heading there, not to tour the land or visit a friend, but to study chemical engineering at the prestigious University of Toronto, which is ranked at position 24 in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities.

To make it to such an institution of higher learning from the dusty Dadaab is a great achievement, but it is much more extraordinary for a girl to leap that far in a society that still favours boys.

October 21, 2014 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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Government forces in Hudur arrests dozens in dawn operations

21 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog  – 124 Words

The federal government forces have launched dawn security operations in Hudur district, the headquarters of Bakol district on Tuesday. The house to house search conducted by government forces has affected all the villages of Hudur district

Dozens of people mostly youth were arrested during the operations as our correspondent in the region reports. The apprehended people were packed on pickups and moved to police stations where their investigations are underway. The operations started after Al-shabab members attacked government bases in the district last night. Hudur administration has not commented on the security operations in the town.

Somali national army together with African Union peacekeeping troops have captured Hudur district at the start of the offensive military operations against Al-shabab earlier this year.

Key Headlines

  • Mogadishu port security seized large amount of alcohol and then destroyed it (Radio RBC/Radio Muqdisho)
  • Luq administration demolishes illegal buildings along the road (Radio GoobJoog)
  • Puntland to provide medical services to four million animals in Somalia (Radio RBC)
  • African investment conference in London enters its second day  (Radio Goobjoog)
  • UN Monitoring Group concerned by Somalia black-market oil contracts (Radio RBC)
  • Government forces in Hudur arrests dozens in dawn operations (Radio Goobjoog)
  • International rescue committee hands off successful projects in twenty villages (Radio Goobjoog)
  • 1700 bags of sugar from Somalia burnt at the Wajir military camp (The Star )
  • Cleric says KDF should stay in Somalia ( News24)
  • Seychelles joins international monitoring committee to assess detention facilities in Somalia (Seychelles news agency)
  • Kenya police said to use shoot-to-kill policy to fight islamists (Bloomberg.com)

SOMALI MEDIA

Mogadishu port security seized large amount of alcohol and then destroyed it

21 Oct – Source: Radio RBC/Radio Muqdisho  – 184 Words

Mogadishu Port Authority on Monday seized large amount of wine imported from abroad which was destroyed later that afternoon. Mogadishu Port officials confirmed that the port security seized two containers full of wine which the officials suspect that foreign and local people were involving its shipment.

All alcohol is forbidden under the Somalia laws which are all subject to Islamic Sharia.  Those who are found using, selling and distributing alcohol and other drugs face long term jail sentence and the the alcohol is destroyed.

Somalia’s Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir warned business people to avoid putting their business in jeopardy by selling alcohol. The Attorney General witnessed the place where the two containers of wine were destroyed.

Meanwhile, Benadir police commander General Ahmed Ali said the police were investigating those involved the shipment of the large amount of alcohol into the country, and that they will be punished.


Luq administration demolishes illegal buildings along the road

21 Oct – Source: Radio GoobJoog – 117 Words

Luq district police commander has on Monday launched operations to demolish buildings along the main roads. The commander of Luq police Diyad Abdikadir said that the operations in the district are going smoothly.

Mr. Diyad stated that the operations are intended to fight illegal building that has been increasing in recent months and restore the beauty of the district. He underlined that the administration has relocated some of the businessmen whose premises were demolished during the operations to continue with their business activities.

The operations in the district have the business activities, Some of the business people who spoke to local media outlets said the administration has not given them enough time to vacate the affected areas.


Puntland to provide medical services to four million animals in Somalia

21 Oct – Source: Radio RBC – 91 Words

Puntland government had launched today a program that will provide vaccinations and treatments to over four million animals in Somalia. Ministry of livestock in joint with the Puntland’s health ministry had opened the program today in Garowe, Puntland Capital.

This program will provide vaccinations to over four million animals and also treatments to at least a million animals in Somalia. Puntland’s livestock ministry in line with Health ministry had stated, the program will also provide vaccinations to children under ten years. The Semi autonomous Puntland government launches such programs twice annually.


African investment conference in London enters its second day

21 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 176  Words

African investment conference in London attended by many African leaders and international companies from across the world has entered its second day. The invited countries attending the African investment conference include Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda,Tanzania and Ghana and many others.

Somalia is represented by the president of semi autonomous regional state of Puntland, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas. President Gaas is scheduled to speak at the conference on the importance of foreign investment in Somalia. He is anticipated to encourage foreign investors to come take part in government’s efforts to broaden the sector and rebuild the country.

Last week addressing the media in Garowe airport, president Gaas urged both local and international investors to invest in Somalia particularly Puntland as he described it as a business hub.


UN Monitoring Group concerned by Somalia black-market oil contracts

21 Oct – Source: Radio RBC – 780 Words

The Monitoring Group described some of the risks associated with increasing commercial activity in the oil and gas sector in Somalia without a resolution to constitutional and legal disputes surrounding the control of natural resources, according to the group’s report on October this year.

It also highlighted transparency and accountability issues in the key Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) petroleum institutions that would govern capacity building and regulation, notably the Somali Petroleum Corporation and the Somali Petroleum Agency (SPA).

During the course of 2013 and 2014, the FGS has nonetheless continued to engage in private negotiations with oil and gas companies and other corporations, resulting in a number of secret contracts and cooperation agreements that in due course are likely to exacerbate legal tensions and ownership disputes and stunt the transparent development of Somalia’s oil and gas sectors.


Government forces in Hudur arrests dozens in dawn operations

21 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog  – 124 Words

The federal government forces have launched dawn security operations in Hudur district, the headquarters of Bakol district on Tuesday. The house to house search conducted by government forces has affected all the villages of Hudur district

Dozens of people mostly youth were arrested during the operations as our correspondent in the region reports. The apprehended people were packed on pickups and moved to police stations where their investigations are underway.

The operations started after Al-shabab members attacked government bases in the district last night. Hudur administration has not commented on the security operations in the town. Somali national army together with African Union peacekeeping troops have captured Hudur district at the start of the offensive military operations against Al-shabab earlier this year.


International rescue committee hands off successful projects in twenty villages

21 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog  – 268 Words

The International Rescue Committee, as a member of the Governance and Peacebuilding Consortium, is formally handing over 20 community-driven development projects to Village Committees in each of the 20 villages across Burtinle and Garowe districts in the Puntland State of Somalia.

The ceremony will take place in Burtinle town in partnership with the Puntland Ministry of Interior on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. Among the accomplishments to be celebrated are the building of schools and health posts, and presenting to the wider community initiatives for inclusive, transparent leadership and participatory decision-making.

Funded by UK Aid, IRC is implementing Hogaan Iyo Nabad “Strengthening Governance and Peacebuilding in Somalia” through activities to support village institutions to clearly define roles and responsibilities and ensure upstream linkages are forged between the village institutions and the districts. The program is designed to focus on strengthening local leadership and supporting communities to become capable to continue projects started without Consortium support.

The community projects have taken place in twenty villages, 18 in Burtinle district and 2 in Garowe. Beginning in late 2013, the District Council exercised its mandate of confirming the Village Committees of seven members, whose duty is to continually consult the community on priorities for development and on-going projects. The Committees then each chose a project to implement with IRC’s support – many chose schools and health facilities, some markets.

With the handover of the projects in the October 22 ceremony, it is expected that communities will continue to work closely with the Village Committees, and District Councils to advocate support from central government in sustaining development initiatives.

REGIONAL MEDIA

1,700 bags of sugar from Somalia burnt at the Wajir military camp

20 Oct – Source: The Star – 186 Words

The Kenya Defence Forces soldiers in Wajir county last Thursday destroyed more than 1,700 bags of contraband sugar. A Wajir court ordered that the sugar seized last month be destroyed, after the owner lost the battle.

The soldiers seized the sugar, packed in 50kg bags and labelled Products of Dubai, being smuggled into the country from Somalia. The sugar worth more than Sh9 million was burnt at the Wajir military camp. Residents have accused security officers of corruption and allowing the entry of contraband goods, explosives and light weapons into the country.

Markets in North Eastern Kenya are flooded with contraband goods, including food, construction materials, petroleum products, vehicle spare parts. Residents said the goods are smuggled in from neighboring countries. Illegal cross-border trade by the al Shabaab militants has been a concern of security officers.

The security officers suspect that the trade is a key income for the terror group after Amisom and KDF soldiers flashed them out of the Somalia coastline. Several deaths in some parts of Northern Kenya have been linked to fighting between sugar cartels out to ensure the business continues.


Cleric says KDF should stay in Somalia

21 Oct – Source:  News 24 – 210 Words

A cleric in Kwale County has supported the continued stay of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia to fight the Al Shabaab militants. Bishop Wilber Gogo of Gospel Revival Center Church in Coast region said that KDF should continue crushing the militants who have been a problem to Kenya.

He said that the soldiers should not leave Somalia until they stamp out the last element of Al- Shabaab in the country. Kenyan forces that are now fighting under the AMISOM command moved into Somalia in 2011 and have continued to boast of major success in neutralising the Al-Shabaab militia.

“Our officers went there to fight the militia and we tell them to continue defending our country until they crush the last militant,” the bishop said. He said since the officers are paid by taxpayers’ money they should not be thinking of withdrawing when the enemy is still there. “We have to defeat the enemy but not the enemy to defeat us as a country. I encourage our brothers to soldier on and face the militant until the last one,” he added.

His sentiments come as Coalition for reforms and democracy leader Raila Odinga said that it is time for Kenya to withdraw its troops from neighboring Somalia.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Seychelles joins international monitoring committee to assess detention facilities in Somalia

20 Oct – Source: Seychelles news agency – 669 Words

How are the authorities in Somalia’s autonomous regions of Puntland and Somaliland faring in implementing international standards at the prisons built for convicted Somali pirates to serve their sentences?

This was one of the main objective of a recent visit of members of the International Monitoring Committee (IMC) to the Garowe (Puntland) and Hargeysa (Somaliland) prisons, two detention facilities built by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), as part of its Piracy Prisoner Transfer Programme.

It was in the UNODC’s 2011 report of the secretary general’s special advisor on legal issues related to piracy off the coast of Somalia that calls were initiated to build two prisons in Puntland and Somaliland respectively, each with a 500 bed capacity.

In accordance with the agreements between the UNODC and the governments of the two autonomous regions the International Monitoring Committee, IMC, was also established with the aim of governing the operation of the mentored prisons where pirates convicted in regional prosecuting countries are transferred to serve their sentences.


Kenya police said to use shoot-to-kill policy to fight islamists

21 Oct – Source: Bloomberg.com – 1149 Words

As Kenyan police seek to counter attacks by Islamist militants from neighboring Somalia and crack down on spiraling crime, they’re increasingly pursuing a policy of shoot first and ask questions later, according to human rights monitors.

Law enforcement officers have committed at least 176 summary executions so far this year compared with 143 in the same period last year, according to the Nairobi-based rights group, the Independent Medico-Legal Unit. It didn’t provide a breakdown of how many were suspected militants and criminals.

Such methods risk stoking public anxiety about insecurity among the general public and fueling sympathy for the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants among young Muslims, said Jonathan Horowitz, legal officer at the George Soros-funded Open Society Justice Initiative.

“Extra-judicial killings are part of a tapestry of human-rights abuses that may feel like an appropriate short-term solution, but it’s deeply misguided because it creates more instability,” Horowitz said by phone from Zanzibar. The violations are taking place “in the context of Kenyans combating terrorism,” he said.

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“It’s said that you should never shoot the messenger, but in Somalia the messenger is routinely shot, because of the ethos of the radio station he works for,”


Somalia: Journalism in Somalia – booming but beset by dangers

20 Oct – Source: African Arguments – 2, 618 Words

Mogadishu — Mohamed Abdi Warsame’s hand shakes as he places it on my knee. “Some say my brother was killed over a woman,” he says. “That’s not true. He was killed for the sake of the truth.”

After the evening prayer on October 21, 2012, Mohamed’s brother, a local journalist named Yusuf Warsame, was leaving a mosque in Mogadishu’s Medina neighborhood. As he made his way to a pharmacy to find relief for an earache, two pistol-wielding men stepped out of a doorway and shot him multiple times in the back.
Mohamed was turning a corner onto the same street when the shots rang out; close enough to witness the gunmen fleeing the scene. “I saw them with my own eyes,” he says. “But I was too far away to gaze on their faces.”

Yusuf succumbed to his injuries one week later in nearby Medina Hospital, becoming the 11th Somali journalist to be assassinated in 2012. He was 22 years old. Though the attack occurred in broad daylight, no witnesses came forward, and no arrest has been made. Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked Islamist group, al-Shabab, is often fingered for killing journalists, but there is rarely enough evidence to determine guilt.


“If Somalia believes in the spirit of good neighbourliness and values Kenya’s immense contribution towards its reconstruction, why sue before all channels of negotiations have been exhausted?”


After all we’ve done, Somalia is very ungrateful

20 Oct – Source: The Star  – 588 Words

A few days ago, the media reported that the Federal Government of Somalia has sued Kenya at the International Court of Justice. The country is seeking the court’s intervention in resolving a long-drawn maritime boundary dispute.

If this case succeeds, Kenya risks becoming a landlocked country as Somalia has laid claim to almost all of Kenya’s territorial waters in the Indian Ocean. Though it is widely believed that the case does not stand a chance, the government has assembled a team of renowned legal experts to represent Kenya.

The government is handling the matter with caution because it does not want to jeopardise its relations with our war-torn neighbour. However, this approach has generated a number of questions.

If Somalia believes in the spirit of good neighbourliness and values Kenya’s immense contribution towards its reconstruction, why sue before all channels of negotiations have been exhausted?


“A lot of money is involved. There are hydrocarbon deposits all along the coast from Mozambique up to Yemen.”


Somalia doesn’t need to alter Kenya border

21 Oct – Source: The Star – 209 Words

THIS case makes Migingo Island look like a storm in a tea cup. Somalia believes its border with Kenya should follow the same diagonal direction as its border where it reaches the Indian Ocean. This would put gas exploration licences awarded by Kenya off Lamu under Somali jurisdiction. Historically the maritime boundaries of East African nations have followed the line of latitude for 200km straight out into the ocean, rather than continuing the line of the land border.

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