October 20, 2014 | Morning Headlines.

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The imminent prospect of Somalia attracting huge investment

19 Oct – Source: RBC Radio – 249 Words

Somali government says the country is now on the imminent prospect of attracting huge investment as a result of the President Hassan Sheikh’s meeting with MEDEF in Paris, France in his last week  official visit.

Around 6,000 investment companies are members of MEDEF and they have representatives around the globe: 800,000 international firms are members of MEDEF, working in work in Africa and in other continents giving Somalia a potential opportunity to attract foreign direct investment [FDI] to the country as it starts its post-conflict period.
The President encouraged these companies to invest in Somalia as the country moves towards peace and stability. Somalia is strategically located and has significant natural resources.

“The President assured these companies that Somalia is open for business and will honour all agreements that are in the interest of the people and the nation” said information Minister Mustaf Dhuhulow.

He says, Somalia has the potential to provide an economic boost not only to Somalia but also to the region and to the companies themselves. Dr Ali Said Faqi, the Somalia Ambassador to EU who organized the meeting, stated that this meeting would enhance the relationship between France and Somalia. This is a clear sign that Somalia is moving forward and that the huge progress on the ground presents huge opportunities for investors.”

Security in Somalia is seen as improving one while Somali National Army and AMISOM Operation Indian Ocean continue to roll back groups Al-Shabaab as well as stabilizing newly recovered areas.

Key Headlines

  • The imminent prospect of Somalia attracting huge investment (RBC Radio)
  • Somalis need food not just security improvements (VOA news)
  • AU Special Representative saddened by attack on AMISOM peacekeepers urges for calm and restraint in Hiran Region (Radio GoobJoog/Radio Muqdisho/Radio Dalsan)
  • Shabelle administration and journalists urge federal government to release detained journalists(Goobjoog Radio/Mareeg Media)
  • River Shabelle continues to increase with fears of flood in Beledweyne (Radio GoobJoog/Radio Muqdisho)
  • Minister Goodax becomes Mozambique election observer (Radio Dalsan)
  • Govt in ‘unofficial’ talks with Al Shabaab (The East African)
  • KDF intercepts car with explosives kills five occupants (Standard Media)
  • Rift emerges within Somali community (New Vision)
  • Somalia leader says his advisers not helping Islamist militants (Reuters)
  • Penniless starving and at the mercy of marauding armed gangs: appalling fate of Yemen and Somalia’s khat addicts revealed (Daily Mail UK)

PRESS RELEASE

The African Union (AU) Establishes a Team to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

17 Oct – Source: AMISOM – 463 Words

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has today authorized the deployment of an Investigation Team to look into allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) leveled against personnel of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report titled “The Power these Men Have Over Us – Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by African Union Forces in Somalia” which was issued in Nairobi, Kenya on 8 September, 2014.

The Investigation Team of four, including two women, are from Ghana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe and have the requisite training, qualifications, expertise and experience at national, regional and international levels which they would bring to bear in the discharge of this very important responsibility.

The Investigation Team is to conduct investigations into the specific allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse made against AMISOM personnel, particularly the Ugandan and Burundian Contingents as well as AMISOM civilian personnel with a view to:

Establishing the facts with respect to these allegations so that a determination can be made on whether the allegations of SEA occurred or not; and,
Establishing, if they occurred, the duration that such actions have been taking place and the actions taken by the AMISOM Leadership that either contributed to, or deterred the alleged actions from occurring.

The Investigation Team will conduct its assignment in an independent, professional and transparent manner. The Investigation Team will be responsive to the needs of alleged victims and potential witnesses as well as to the wishes of all concerned to find out the truth about these allegations. The Chairperson requests the full cooperation of all relevant parties to these investigations, including unfettered access to all persons and sites that will facilitate the conduct of these investigations.

The Chairperson would like to reiterate that the AU’s commitment and determination to reinforce its efforts in combating sexual exploitation and abuse in all its ramifications, especially its impact on victims, survivors and their families. In this regard therefore, The Chairperson has also constituted an Assessment Team consisting of Academics and Women Activists with special expertise on victim of sexual violence, protection and law enforcement and peace and security that will concurrently conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine the extent, nature, patterns and trends of SEA in AMISOM, if at all, so as to inform and guide its policy and response mechanisms not only for AMISOM but for all its Peace Support Operations (PSOs).

The Investigation and Assessment Teams are expected to complete their assignments by 30 November, 2014after which the teams will submit their reports to The Chairperson. The findings and recommendations will be made public, using the appropriate AU channels and with due regards to victim protection, the rights of alleged perpetrators as well as the operational imperatives of AMISOM.

SOMALI MEDIA

The imminent prospect of Somalia attracting huge investment

19 Oct – Source: RBC Radio – 249 Words

Somali government says the country is now on the imminent prospect of attracting huge investment as a result of the President Hassan Sheikh’s meeting with MEDEF in Paris, France in his last week  official visit.

Around 6,000 investment companies are members of MEDEF and they have representatives around the globe: 800,000 international firms are members of MEDEF, working in work in Africa and in other continents giving Somalia a potential opportunity to attract foreign direct investment [FDI] to the country as it starts its post-conflict period.
The President encouraged these companies to invest in Somalia as the country moves towards peace and stability. Somalia is strategically located and has significant natural resources.

“The President assured these companies that Somalia is open for business and will honour all agreements that are in the interest of the people and the nation” said information Minister Mustaf Dhuhulow.

He says, Somalia has the potential to provide an economic boost not only to Somalia but also to the region and to the companies themselves. Dr Ali Said Faqi, the Somalia Ambassador to EU who organized the meeting, stated that this meeting would enhance the relationship between France and Somalia. This is a clear sign that Somalia is moving forward and that the huge progress on the ground presents huge opportunities for investors.”

Security in Somalia is seen as improving one while Somali National Army and AMISOM Operation Indian Ocean continue to roll back groups Al-Shabaab as well as stabilizing newly recovered areas.


Somalis need food, not just security improvements

19 Oct – Source: VOA news –  434 Words

The United Nations envoy in Somalia is warning that political and security improvements are not enough to stop hunger and stave off a worsening humanitarian crisis. At least one million Somalis are at risk of starvation, according to UN officials.

Failed rains coupled with recurrent drought and conflict have further worsened the country’s protracted humanitarian crisis. “Today, we have confirmation of the worsening of the food security we have now predicted for few months. Food security is once again a key concern for Somalia, as we had it before.

Over 1 million people in the country face acute food insecurity, up to 20 percent compared to 6 months ago. This brings the total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance or livelihood support to over 3 million people,” said Philippe Lazzarini, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia.

In the southern Somali town of Baidoa, drought has affected animal trade. Traders at the market say that it’s no longer business as usual for them. And as pasture is depleting and riverbeds such as these ones are drying up, thousands that rely on this trade for survival fear a renewed humanitarian crisis in the region.

The image is the same in Elbur, in central Somalia. Water wells have run dry. UN officials recently visited the town to assess the humanitarian situation. “The general situation was that we had identified six regions that were stricken by the drought, and two of them most severely suffered from water shortage, that is Gedo and Galgadud,” said Abdi Ahmed Mohamed, Somalia’s agriculture minister.

UN officials say that 250,000 children are among the one million people in need, with 50,000 believed to be on the brink of death if immediate assistance is not provided. Somali authorities say that the response has been positive compared to the previous famine period. But officials warn that children and the elderly remain at risk.

“The disasters, including drought – those who suffer the most are the weakest.  It’s the children and the elderly people who suffer the most,” said Mohamed. The top UN envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, recently told the UN Security Council that the humanitarian situation has deteriorated despite recent gains. This, he said, has been worsened by al-Shabab terrorists’ decision to impose a blockade on most towns they have lost to Somali and African Union soldiers.

A devastating famine in 2011 claimed a quarter million lives, according to the UN.  But now, the UN, the government and its international partners are raising alarm early enough to avert the country from falling victim to a second famine in four years.


AU Special Representative saddened by attack on AMISOM peacekeepers, urges for calm and restraint in Hiran Region

19 Oct – Source: Radio GoobJoog/Radio Muqdisho/Radio Dalsan –  257 Words

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou is saddened by news coming in from the central Hiiran region that armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM peacekeepers this morning while they were on a reconciliation mission in the area.

The AMISOM forces were bound for the village of Deefow – the epicentre of recent localised conflicts. Deefow is 40 kilometers north of the city of Beletweyne, the regional capital of Hiiran. Our peacekeepers were blocked by armed men and protesters at El-Gal, 10 kilometers north of Beletweyne. The men opened fire on the AMISOM troops who had no choice but to defend themselves.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of this clash in the Hiiran region. I wish to request for calm and restraint and hereby plead with the people of Hiiraan to choose peace and avoid any further conflict in Deefow and elsewhere. I wish to clarify to the people of Hiiraan – and indeed the whole of Somalia – that AMISOM is non-partisan and does not support any particular group or clan. We are in Somalia to serve all Somali people and support their government to achieve lasting peace,” Ambassador Sidikou said.

The AU Special Representative also said that AMISOM regrets any loss of life or injuries that occurred in the attack and urged the people of Hiiran to work with AMISOM and the Somalia government to amicably resolve their internal differences and avoid any other acts that would further aggravate the situation.


Shabelle administration and journalists urge federal government to release detained journalists

19 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog/Mareeg Media – 230 Words

The administration of Shabelle media network and other journalists who held press conference in Mogadishuon Sunday urged the federal government to unconditionally release the four journalists of Shabelle Media Network detained in Mogadishu Central prison.

The director of Shabelle Media network Mohamed Muse demanded the federal government to bring the journalists before court, among the detained journalist is the owner of Shabelle media network Abdimalik Yussuf.

Abdulkadir Mohamed Farah Dulyar, one of the journalists said the long detention of Shabelle and Sky FM workers has disappointed the journalist in the country and advised the government to forget about the past and free the journalists.

Recently Somali Attorney general Dr. Ahmed Ali Dahir stated that the journalist of Shabelle media network will soon be brought before court to face justice after their case is completed and delivered to the attorney’s office adding that the government has the rights of keeping the accused in jail for more than 48 hours before the person is brought to court if the need arise.

He warned the media outlets that exaggerate the arrest of Shabelle and Sky FM employees by the government. The federal government of Somalia accused Shabelle and SKY of incitement after Somali national forces and AMISOM launched disarmament operation in the Capital which led to clashes between Somali forces together with AMISOM and former warlord Ahmed Hassan Adow aka Ahmed Da’i.


River Shabelle continues to increase with fears of flood in Beledweyne

19 Oct – Source: Radio GoobJoog/Radio Muqdisho – 110 Words

There is real fear that River Shabelle might overflow its banks in Beledweyne district, the headquarters of Hiran region. The governor of Hiran region Abdifatah Hassan Afrah advised the residents in the district to be alert and avoid floods of the river.

Goobjoog correspondent in the region says many people in the district are seen making preparations to closing river bank breaches and others looking for save place in the area. Shabelle River that flows through Beledweyne town regularly bring excessive water and floods during the rainy season.

The recent flood of the river has affected hundreds of families who fled their houses cutting their access to food and water.


Minister Goodax becomes Mozambique election observer

19 Oct – Source: Radio Dalsan –  154 Words

The  somali Interior Minister Hon. Abdullahi Goodax Barre and his delegation were invited to be part of the observers of Mozambique elections which started on 15th October.

The observers were selected by Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). The observers also include the former PM of Kenya Raila Odinga. For Hon.Goodax to become one of the election observers in Mozambique is important for Somalia where the election of one man one vote is expected in 2016 as Hon. Goodax will learn a lot from how the elections of Mozambique are being conducted.

Hon. Goodax met with some members of the electoral commission in Mozambique and officials from the constitutional court of Mozambique as well as member of FRELIMO Mr. Filip Nyusi, the candidate of that party. The election was free and fair. More than 10m people registered to vote. The results of the election will be announced in 15 days time.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Govt in ‘unofficial’ talks with Al Shabaab

18 Oct  – Source: The East African – 551 Words

The government of Somalia has started talking to the moderate wing of Al Shabaab even as it continues to battle the radical wing. Somalia ambassador to Kenya Ali Noor told The EastAfrican that his government has always been willing to talk to Al Shabaab as long as the militia renounces violence.

“We have opened unofficial channels for talks but serious discussions can only come when Al Shabaab come out openly and declare that they want to be part of the solution for Somalia and not the problem. Otherwise, it will not be possible to negotiate with people who kill innocent people,” said Mr Noor.

The ambassador said the government will take the youth — who have been under Al Shabaab for 23 years — to school or train them in skills that will help them generate income.


KDF intercepts car with explosives, kills five occupants

19 Oct – Source: Standard Media –  464 Words

The Kenya Defence Forces have intercepted a four-wheel drive car with Kenyan registration numbers laden with explosives at the Kenya-Ethiopia border and killed five occupants. The personnel under Amisom together with the Somali National Army shot and killed the five occupants of the Toyota Prado car in the Saturdaymorning incident.

Department of Defence spokesman Bogita Ongeri said the vehicle also had six suicide vests and 100 kilograms of TNT, which is used to make bombs. He added the incident happened as the occupants of the vehicle tried to cross to Kenya at Dolo in Moyale. “The occupants opened fire on the security forces who responded killing five Al Shabaab operatives,” said part of a statement sent to newsrooms.

Bogita said the same occupants had earlier on tried to gain entry into Kenya from Somalia at Bulahawa through Mandera and that security forces were working on reliable intelligence which enabled them to trace and track the car.


Rift emerges within Somali community

18 Oct – Source: New Vision  –  372 Words

Mistrust and confusion has emerged within the Somali community living in Uganda with a section of the members accusing the first secretary at the Somali embassy Ali Mohamed of acquiring money by false pretence, intimidation and promoting tribalism.

Lead by the global association of Somali youth in Uganda (GASYU) which largely lives in Kisenyi a Kampala suburb, they allege that Mohamed took shs1 million from the elders of the community to stand as a surety in court for a one Ali Ahmed Deko, a thing he never fulfilled.

Ugandan police recently arrested suspected Islamist Al-Shabaab who had allegedly planned to carry out bomb attacks following Ugandan troops in Somalia, reportedly providing intelligence that helped US Special Forces kill the Al-Shabaab’s chief.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Somalia leader says his advisers not helping Islamist militants

19 Oct – Source: Reuters  –  485 Words

Somalia’s president said on Friday that nobody close to him had been involved in the unauthorised diversion of government weapons to Islamist militants and denied that a man U.N investigators linked to the arms trade had advised him.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was responding to a report from the United Nations’ Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group that Somali army weapons and ammunition were being diverted to open markets despite the government’s pledges to prevent its arms ending up in the hands of al Shabaab fighters. The report, seen by Reuters, also accused Musa Haji Mohamed Ganjab, a Somali businessman it said had acted as an adviser to the president, of being involved in arms deals.

“I do believe that U.N agencies are not there for accusing, but are there for improving the systems in place,” Mohamud told France 24 television. “The man you call Musa, there isn’t someone called Musa who is my adviser or has ever been in an advisory position in my office. I would have liked the monitoring group to clarify where Musa Haji has ever become an adviser to me.”


Penniless, starving and at the mercy of marauding armed gangs: Appalling fate of Yemen and Somalia’s khat addicts revealed

19 Oct – Source: Daily Mail UK – 723 Words

Fresh, green and innocent-looking, the neatly tied bunches of khat found in markets across the Horn of Africa look far from dangerous. But, as these photographs reveal, that is exactly what they are.

Banned in the UK earlier this year, khat, a narcotic green leaf which produces a sense of euphoria in users, is a common sight on the streets of Yemeni capital Sana’a as well as other cities in the region.

But with side-effects that include mouth disease, tooth loss and, in some cases, mental illness, the drug takes a terrible toll on addicts, which in some cases, include children as young as six years old.

SOCIAL MEDIA

CULTURE / OPINION / EDITORIAL / ANALYSIS / BLOGS/ DISCUSSION BOARDS

“Piracy is an international criminal activity and needs to be considered in the same way as drug smuggling or human trafficking and involves a complex international network of financiers,”


Pirates backed by international criminal networks, claims author

19 Oct – Source: The national –  739 Words

An intricate web of criminal gangs, tribal clans and international finance networks that help Somali piracy survive is the subject of a new book written by a Dubai-based consultant.

First-time author Andrew Palmer says in The New Pirates that it would be a mistake to write off pirates as a spent force. “Somali piracy could reactivate itself. It wouldn’t take very much for it to become an increasing force again. If we saw a change in the circumstances in Somalia that would be the case for a resurgence in Somali piracy.”

October 20, 2014 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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AU appoints new Somalia envoy to spearhead war on al-Shabab

19 Oct – Source: Press TV – 230 Words

Allied African forces intensify a nationwide campaign against the Somali armed group Al-Shabaab. The Somali Premier says his forces have overpowered what he referred to as the “enemy”.

The new offensive codenamed “ Operation Indian Ocean” is aimed at pushing the armed fighters out of their bases along mainland, Africa’s longest coastline. The operation has seen the group lose its last remaining stronghold of Barawe in the southern part of Somalia. The operation, considered among the most successful ones in recent times has seen more than a dozen major towns liberated from the fighter group.

The African Union has also named Maman Sidikou as its special representative to Somalia. He is charged with leading the 22,000 strong African Union forces under AMISOM. In a meeting with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new envoy reiterated the African Union’s desire for a stable and peaceful Somalia. Despite loses, the armed group has claimed responsibility for two explosions in Mogadishu. The first explosion targeted a popular café and claimed more than twenty lives. A second explosion at a different location also claimed five more lives.

Authorities however say they have increased security at all check points. To achieve this, the government has named a new spy chief and has offered amnesty to members of the Al-Shabaab who wish to renounce violence and rejoin society. The situation seems to be returning back to normal with businesses getting back on track in the capital city. Mogadishu is witnessing traffic jams on its major roads for the first time in many years.

Key Headlines

  • Hundreds of families displaced due to water shortages in Qof-Gaduud local (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Dispute starts between Somali embassy in Kampala and the Somali community in Kampala (Radio Dalsan)
  • AU appoints new Somalia envoy to spearhead war on al-Shabab (Press TV)
  • Attorney General blasts “unofficial judges” sentenced people to death penalties in court (Radio RBC/Mareeg media)
  • SCTU Complains from federal government minister (Radio Dalsan)
  • Somali cabinet discuss state of security in the country (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • Kenya rejects to host Somali refugees who are currently in Denmark (Mareeg Media/
  • Radio Dalsan)
  • Somaliland authorities detain suspected immigrants (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • Towns liberated from al-Shabaab slowly come back to life (Sabahi Online)
  • Somalia wants its pirates in Kenya jails sent home (Standard Media)
  • Somalian firms come to London to raise profile (Cityam.com)

SOMALI MEDIA

Hundreds of families displaced due to water shortages in Qof-Gaduud

19 Oct – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 172 Words

The administration of Gof-Gaduud in Bay region stated that the acute water shortage in the area has caused many families and pastoral people to flee their houses.

The administrator of the locality Ahmed Adan Mohamed said the displaced families have not received proper support from the aid agencies except a small help from their neighbours. He affirmed that the social services in the area has been poor since the start of the prolonged droughts in the region.

Mr. Ahmed added that they sent appeal to the federal government to supply water to the affected residents but no response has been received so far. Nearly 3000 families in Bay and Gedo regions face acute water shortages, over 10 people died due to thirst and hunger the last few months.


Dispute starts between Somali embassy in Kampala and the Somali community in Kampala

19 Oct – Source: Radio Dalsan – 220 Words

Dispute arose between the Somali embassy in Kampala and the Somali Community there amid allegations by the Somali community that the first secretary of the embassy Ali Mohamed needs money for services he renders.

They also accused him of nepotism, the media of that country reported. The Somali youth organization based in Uganda by the name GASYU also pointed the finger at him for allegedly extorting one million Ugandan shillings from elders whom he told that he would use it to facilitate services regarding a case against a Somali woman. The woman in question is called Deeqo Ahmed Ali. However, the youth group says he was never honest about the matter as Ali Mohamed failed to pay cash bail from the money the elders contributed.

Mohamed Khaliif who is the coordinator of the Somali Community in Kampala told The New Vision newspaper from Kampala that Mr. Ali Mohamed failed to deliver his duties. Deeqo Ali was then remanded in Kampala’s Luzira Prison.

On the other hand the director of GASYU, Abdul Mohamed Ali accused the first secretary of the embassy of nepotism and according to him the first secretary threatens the youths of the community. Mr. Abdul Mohamed Ali called for the Somali government to intervene the matter and solve the dispute before it is too late.


AU appoints new Somalia envoy to spearhead war on al-Shabab

19 Oct – Source: Press TV- 230 Words/02:09 Minutes

Allied African forces intensify a nationwide campaign against the Somali armed group Al-Shabaab. The Somali Premier says his forces have overpowered what he referred to as the “enemy”.

The new offensive codenamed “ Operation Indian Ocean” is aimed at pushing the armed fighters out of their bases along mainland, Africa’s longest coastline. The operation has seen the group lose its last remaining stronghold of Barawe in the southern part of Somalia. The operation, considered among the most successful ones in recent times has seen more than a dozen major towns liberated from the fighter group.

The African Union has also named Maman Sidikou as its special representative to Somalia. He is charged with leading the 22,000 strong African Union forces under AMISOM. In a meeting with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new envoy reiterated the African Union’s desire for a stable and peaceful Somalia. Despite loses, the armed group has claimed responsibility for two explosions in Mogadishu. The first explosion targeted a popular café and claimed more than twenty lives. A second explosion at a different location also claimed five more lives.

Authorities however say they have increased security at all check points. To achieve this, the government has named a new spy chief and has offered amnesty to members of the Al-Shabaab who wish to renounce violence and rejoin society. The situation seems to be returning back to normal with businesses getting back on track in the capital city. Mogadishu is witnessing traffic jams on its major roads for the first time in many years.


Attorney General blasts “unofficial judges” sentenced people to death penalties in court

20 Oct – Source: Radio RBC/Mareeg Media – 437 Words

Somalia’s Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir has strongly dismissed allegations from the country’s Chief of Justice Aidid Abdullahi Ilka-Xanaf who on Sunday blamed the Justice Ministry for seeking absolute power to hinder the independence of the judiciary system. “I am surprised that he [Ilka-Xanaf] claims that the ministry if seeking to control over the justice.  I want to make sure that the role of the ministry is clear as it has wider responsibility to suggest and execute laws.” the AG said responding to the allegations from Chief of Justice.

Mr Dahir lamented the criticism from the Chief Justice over his appointment and that he was not approved by the Judiciary Service Council. “I want to be appointed and sworn-in as the same way he [the Chief Justice] was appointed.” the AG fought back.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir says that the public did not hear about unofficial judges operating in various degrees of the country’s courts sentenced hundreds of defendants including death sentence. “We have documented that more than 30 judges operating with unofficial documents have executed convictions including death penalties, long term imprisonment and even took citizens from their properties.” the AG said.

He vowed that he will spare no efforts and time to clean up the corrupt and unofficial judges in the country’s courts starting from the capital, Mogadishu to the regional and district level courts. “This is disaster and we can not stay silent.” he added.  “A judge can become an official judge only after the president appoints and signs to his appointment with the knowledge of the Judiciary Council.”

CHIEF JUSTICE OPPOSES JUSTICE REFORM

In a press conference in Mogadishu on Sunday, The country’s Chief of Justice Avv. Aidid Abdullahi Ilka-Xanaf has opposed a recently launched Justice Reform Initiative by the Ministry of Justice  in its latest effort to modernize the justice sector amid growing concerns of corruption and lack of competence.

He claims the initiative was brought by the Ministry of Justice aiming to undermine the independence of the justice sector. “Somalia has a government with its own constitution, we can never accept to see the system of governance managed ad directed as NGOs [Non-Governmental Organizations] style” Mr Ilka-Xanaf said.

Mr Ilka-Xanaf who spoke angrily also expressed his own suspicion the attempts by the Minister of Justice to seek absolute power over the country’s judiciary through organizing meetings and drafting new bills to the parliament.

He further criticized the appointment of the new Attorney General Mr Ahmed Ali Dahir, who has been given the post through Presidential Decree three months ago after firing the former Attorney General.


SCTU complains about federal government minister

20 Oct – Source: Radio Dalsan – 278 Words

The Chairman of Somali Congress of Trade Unions (SCTU) Mr. Mohamed Osman Hagi told Dalsan Radio that he is worried about the working relationship between the congress and the ministry of works of the federal government of Somalia especially minister, Eng. Luqmaan Mohamed Ismail.

Mr. Hagi said the minister is reluctant to listen to the problems of workers who are in hard times. He added that the minister didn’t help solve the dispute between the workers of the sea port of Mogadishu and the Turkish firm that manages it. Mohamed Osman Hagi also told Dalsan Radio that the minister does not inform and advise the congress to participate in the international conferences about labour. He gave the example of the recent International Workers Conference in Geneva to which they were not invited. He also gave the example of the recent Arab Workers Conference that was held in Cairo, Egypt which he says he was also not invited to.

However, there are no independent reports confirming these allegations. In September of this year, thousands of demonstrators from dock workers of Mogadishu port staged a protest in the capital Mogadishu following an announcement by the Turkish agency that mans the sea port that it was intending to reduce the pay of the labourers. The Company was authorized to manage the operations of the sea port by the Somali government.


Somali cabinet discuss state of security in the country

19  Oct – Source: Radio Bar-kulan- 144 Words

The cabinet of the federal government of Somalia has discussed how to improve the security of the capital Mogadishu and areas captured from Al Shabaab militant group. The meeting which was presided over by acting PM and national security minister Khalif Ahmed Ereg was attended by security chiefs from all sectors Somali security agency and representatives from African Union AMISOM troops.

Somali police Commissioner Gen. Mohamed Hassan Ismail who briefed the media after the meeting has said the main agenda was to strengthen cooperation between AMISOM and Somali security forces in order to avert terror threats in the capital.

He said more focus will be directed towards the areas liberated from Al Shabaab militant group in an effort to reduce threat. He added that more national intelligence officers and police officers will be deployed to the areas liberated from the group to strengthen security.


Kenya rejects to host Somali refugees who are currently in Denmark

20 Oct – Source: Mareeg Media/Radio Dalsan/Bar-kulan – 238 Words
Kenya rejected a request from Denmark to prepare more refugee camps in its soil so as to host Somali refugees who are currently living in Denmark. The request was initiated by the Danish opposition parties who don’t want those refugees in their country.

Kenya was irritated by the call. The media in Denmark reported that three Danish opposition parties namely Danish People’s Party, Liberal Alliance and Venstre want the government to make some refugee camps for the Somali refugees outside Denmark. The ruling party i.e. Social Democratic Party however opposed the call by the opposition parties who want three African countries including Kenya to host those refugees.

In Denmark, this year alone 20,000 more people applied for asylum. The EU’s statistics agency, Eurostat however says Denmark is the best country in Europe where refugees and asylum seekers can get resettlement easily. However, last year the government of Denmark thought about returning Somali refugees back to Mogadishu citing that security improved in Mogadishu. That is according to media report published on The Copenhagen Post.

On the other hand, the spokesperson of the Kenyan Foreign Affairs Ministry Mwenda Njoka pointed out that the call is discrimination against Somalis. He added that the number of Somali refugees currently in Kenya is far more than the number of Somali refugees in Denmark`. Mr. Njoka said Kenya is hosting 600,000 Somali refugees while Denmark only hosts 16,000 Somali refugees.


Somaliland authorities detain suspected immigrants

20  Oct – Source: Radio Bar-kulan- 89 Words

The authorities of the self declared state of Somaliland have said they have arrested dozens of immigrants set for the journey along the Indian Ocean.

Immigration officer Ahmed Ismail has told the media that the operation conducted after tip-off from the members of the public in Awdal province.

He said those arrested will be handed over to their respective parents and will be under strict supervision. Hundreds of Somalis, Ethiopians and Eritreans lost their lives while trying to reach Europe via India ocean through Yemen and Libyan coast.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Towns liberated from al-Shabaab slowly come back to life

19 Oct – Source: Sabahi Online – 592 Words

Traditional elders from the Hiran and Lower Shabelle towns of Bulo Marer and Jalalaqsi, which were liberated by allied forces in recent weeks, say life is slowly coming back to normal.

Farah Abdi Ware, a prominent elder from Hiran region, said elders have started regular meetings to discuss how to help the hundreds of civilians who fled from al-Shabaab’s harsh rule, many of whom are displaced in remote areas of the region, return home safely.

“Most of the residents of Jalalaqsi fled due to the mistreatment of al-Shabaab. Everyone is aware of the hardships al-Shabaab inflicted on the population, whether it is socially, culturally, religiously or economically,” he said. “Now, since the city has been freed from al-Shabaab, as the traditional elders, and with the help of various sectors of the public, we decided to work on how to bring back the civilians who fled.”


Somalia wants its pirates in Kenya jails sent home

20 Oct – Source: Standard Media – 348 Words

The Somalia government now says it hopes Kenya will allow the transfer 122 convicted Somali pirates from Kenyan jails back to Somalia suggesting there are negotiations to this effect between the two states. Most of the pirates are held at Mombasa’s Shimo la Tewa prison and are deemed dangerous.

Somalia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mohammed Ali Nur quoted by Radio Ergo in a special interview Monday said that if an agreement is reached, over 122 convicted Somalis serving prison terms at the Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison, Mombasa for piracy related offences would be repatriated to Somalia to serve out the remainder of their sentences in Somali prisons.

Some of the pirate prisoners are serving jail terms of between 5 and 20 years, the ambassador said. They are complaining of bad living conditions in the Kenyan prisons and have requested to be transferred back to Somalia, according to the radio report. “I visited them at the Shimo La Tewa Prison recently.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Somalian firms come to London to raise profile

20 Oct – Source: Cityam.com – 166 Words

OIL AND gas exploration firms from Somalia will be trying to generate further interest in the region at the second Somalia Oil & Gas Summit, which starts in London today. Robert Sheppard, chief executive of the event’s lead sponsor Soma Oil & Gas, told City A.M.: “This is a great opportunity to highlight that the oil and gas sector is now an active part of Somalia’s future.

SOCIAL MEDIA

CULTURE / OPINION / EDITORIAL / ANALYSIS / BLOGS/ DISCUSSION BOARDS

“New presidents need time to learn the office, time to foster relationships, & time to lobby for the country’s future. For Somalia, president’s first 30 days is often spent seeking a prime-minister that is in-sync with the president’s vision & mission for the country. First half of the first year is often spent with such logistical set ups. And most of the last year in office is often spent in campaigning for reelection.”


Presidency in Somalia

19 Oct – Source: Hiiraan Online – 1, 303 Words

Since 1960 independence, Somalia has had 8 internationally recognized presidents; President Aden Adde, President Abdirashid, President Siyad Barre, President Ali Mahdi, President Abdiqasim, President Abdullahi Yusuf, President Sheikh Sharif & the current President Hassan Sheikh.

All, except President Siyad Barre, have served Somalia only in 1 term presidency. President Siyad Barre has served as Somalia’s president for 21 years and he remains as the most productive president in Somalia’s history. This 1 term cycle is the focus of this paper. It is not a coincidence that the only Somali president to have served more than 10 consecutive years is the most productive president in Somalia’s history.


“Creating hope in Somali societies will encourage communities to implement change and soft power that develops cooperation strategies between public and private stakeholders as alternatives to a military or coercive approach. Emphasising the role of local cultures and policies is crucial in promoting national security and boosting the economic sector.”


Soft diplomacy and PPP key to Somalia’s recovery and combatting al Shabaab say experts

20 Oct – Source: Albawaba Business – 583 Words

Piracy, terrorism and criminal activities originating in Somalia can only be addressed by creating a climate of security, engagement and empowerment that will encourage home grown businesses, international investment and alternative employment for Somalia’s young people.

That’s one of the key conclusions of the second high level meeting of public and private sector experts on Somalia brought together by DP World and knowledge partner the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) in Dubai under the theme ‘Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Opportunities, Communities’ Engagement and Soft Diplomacy’. The expert panel was the second in a series that form part of DP World’s ongoing counter piracy efforts and Somalia capacity building.


Somalia has often been termed as a “failed state”. But the failure of Somalia’s statehood is beyond the ordinary Somali.


Somalia: victim of foreign aid and conspiracy

19 Oct – Daily Nation – 437 Words

Foreign aid is a subject that has been written on by numerous authors. Giles Bolton called it a “dirty business.” Dambisa Moyo pronounced it “dead” and Alex de-Waal called the entire humanitarian aid world as a “disaster industry” involved in “famine crimes”.

But how has aid been used to put down Somalia since the early 1990s? A new book by Nation columnist and the author of Mogadishu: Then and Now, Rasna Warah, indicts foreign aid further, terming it a “war crime”. It is an analysis of how the international NGOs “manufacture” a cycle of famine so the international community can donate money.

But then this money rarely reaches those in need. For example, since most humanitarian organisations “serving Somalia” have headquarters in Nairobi, much of the funds they receive through donations are used for “administrative operations” salaries and allowances.

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The newly appointed #AMISOM SRCC, Ambassador Maman Sambo Sidikou, meets Somalia’s President, H.E Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

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