January 10, 2013 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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AMISOM to hold capacity building training for Somali Civil Servants

10 Jan – Source: AMISOM – 200 words

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will over the next couple of weeks conduct a series of training workshops for Somalia civil servants as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the capacity of the country’s public service.

The training sessions involving 120 public servants including secretaries, protocol officers and administrators have been organized with the funding support of the Government of Italy and will be facilitated by the University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduate School of Business Leadership. The workshops, will be conducted in two sessions from 14th – 20th January and from 21st – 25th January 2013 in Bujumbura, Burundi.

In line with a Plan of Action agreed upon during a Needs Assessment Workshop held in Kampala, Uganda in March 2010, AMISOM has conducted a series of capacity building activities for the Somali Civil Service including facilitating 2 weeks of on-the-job training and mentorship in Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia and the provision of requisite working tools/equipment and renovation of office space.

The ongoing capacity building training of civil servants is in line with the new priorities defined in the six pillars- programme of His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

Key Headlines

  • AMISOM to hold capacity building training for Somali Civil Servants (AMISOM)
  • Somali Public Works Minister meets Sudanese envoy Singaporean officials in Mogadishu (Bar-kulan)
  • Security Concern Ahead of Kenya Presidential Election (VOA)
  • Somali pirate kingpin Afweyne quits piracy (Bar-kulan/Hiiraan Online/BBC Somali Service)
  • Al Amriki sends ‘final appeal’ criticises al Shabaab (Sabahi Online)
  • US offers Sh850m for Sudan terror suspects (Daily Nation)
  • France gives $1.3 for Somalia displaced (News 24/ SAPA)

PRESS STATEMENT

AMISOM to hold capacity building training for Somali Civil Servants

10 Jan – Source: AMISOM – 200 words

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will over the next couple of weeks conduct a series of training workshops for Somalia civil servants as part of ongoing efforts to enhance the capacity of the country’s public service.

The training sessions involving 120 public servants including secretaries, protocol officers and administrators have been organized with the funding support of the Government of Italy and will be facilitated by the University of South Africa (UNISA) Graduate School of Business Leadership. The workshops, will be conducted in two sessions from 14th – 20th January and from 21st – 25th January 2013 in Bujumbura, Burundi.

In line with a Plan of Action agreed upon during a Needs Assessment Workshop held in Kampala, Uganda in March 2010, AMISOM has conducted a series of capacity building activities for the Somali Civil Service including facilitating 2 weeks of on-the-job training and mentorship in Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia and the provision of requisite working tools/equipment and renovation of office space.

The ongoing capacity building training of civil servants is in line with the new priorities defined in the six pillars- programme of His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

SOMALI MEDIA

Somali Public Works Minister meets Sudanese envoy, Singaporean officials in Mogadishu

10 Jan – Source: Bar-kulan – 110 words

Somalia’s Public Works Minister Mohyadin Mohamed Kalmoy on Wednesday separately received Sudan’s envoys to Somalia Abdulmun’in Taysir and a delegation of Singaporean experts in Mogadishu.

During his meeting with Sudan’s envoy to Somalia Abdulmun’in Taysir, the two discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and strengthening of their cooperation.

Taysir handed the minister an official invitation from the government in Khartoum. Speaking to the press shortly after the meeting, Kalmoy said the meeting was a follow up the recent state visit by president Mohamud to Sudan, adding that they also discussed Sudanese role in rebuilding Somalia. Separately, the minister met officials from Singapore and discussed expansion of seaport activities in Somalia.


Insecurity hits Lower Shabelle

10 Jan – Source: Radio Mustaqbal/ Universal TV – 102 words

There is insecurity problem that is being experienced at Lower Shebelle region, according to regional official, Abdulqadir Mohamed Nur. The official is claiming that the insecurity in the region is caused by the government forces that are on the ground. He also stated that the government forces beat people, commit robbery with violence and to an extent they even rape. He urged the government to investigate and take action against the security personnel who are committing crimes against the civilians.


Somali pirate kingpin Afweyne quits piracy

09 Jan – Source: Bar-kulan/Hiiraan Online/BBC Somali Service – 156 words

Notorious Somali pirate kingpin Mohamed Abdi Hassan, who is also known as “Afweyne” has quit piracy, a business he has been involved for couple of years. Afweyne who was mentioned in a UN report last year as “a pirate kingpin being protected by Somali authorities” has been centre of controversy after the report alleged that he was issued with a diplomatic passport authorized by top Somali leader.

According to the UN report, Afweyne travelled to Malaysia in April last year using a diplomatic passport authorized by immediate TFG president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a charge Ahmed denied.

Afweyne also had in his possession a document issued by the Somali presidency stating he was involved in “counter-piracy activities,” according to the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea. But in quick response, the then Somali President criticized the monitoring group’s conclusions as being unbalanced in a letter to the security council, adding that the report contained “unsubstantiated allegations.”


Concern for power in Puntland

10 Jan – Source: Radio Mustaqbal – 81 words

The president of Somalia’s Puntland state Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud has blamed Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud for interfering with Puntland internal affairs.

Puntland president has also suggested that the republic of Somalia should maintain its law and order, requesting the members of the parliament to put the needs of their citizen first so that they can win the trust of their citizen and in order to develop the country.


President Silanyo signs into law controversial National Intelligence Bill

09 Jan – Source: Somaliland Press/Somaliweyn – 108 words

Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mahamud (Silanyo) has issued a Presidential decree in which he signed the national Intelligence bill #Lr. 59/2012 into law.

President Silanyo signed the National Intelligence Bill into a law after the national assembly decision # Lr. GW/G/KF-19/581/2012 voted in favor of the national Intelligence act #Lr. 59/2012 Bill on the 27/12/2012,this in accordance with Act #90 and Act #70 of the national  constitution.

The adaptation National Intelligence Bill heard earlier faced stiff opposition from a wide section of the society mainly because of a controversial clause which infringes on the freedom of speech.


Bomb blast in Afgoye town

09 Jan – Source: Radio Kulmiye – 126 words

Reports from Afgoye town, 30 km from Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu say that there has been an explosion that hit the town. The bomb rocked a military base used by the Somali national forces. The reports added that the blast wounded a government soldier and two civilians. Government forces have cordoned off the area and investigation has been launched.


Mogadishu municipality to demolish illegal structures

09 Jan – Source; Bar-kulan – 104 words

The Mayor of Mogadishu Mohamud Ahmed Noor has threatened to demolish structures illegally erected along the roads in the city, ordering owners of such structures to immediately vacate.

Speaking in Mogadishu on Tuesday, the mayor also announced plans to rehabilitate dilapidated roads in the city, adding such work will be undertaken as soon as possible.

Noor who is also the regional governor of Benadir said they are committed giving the city a facelift through rehabilitation of roads and city beautification programmes. He, however, promised that the city will see a difference in the next few months as they continue with their efforts to transform the city.


Farole: There is a relations between al Shabaab & Puntland opposition

09 Jan – Source: Radio Kulmiye – 150 words

The president of Somalia’s Puntland State Abdirahman Sheikh Mohamed Farole said that there is a stronger relationship between those opposing his government and the al Shabaab terror movement.

Speaking at a ceremony marking his 4th anniversary since elected as president, Farole said they have established that the opposition and the al Shabaab militants have a good relationship.

The president also outlined work done during his term in office. He claimed that the adoption of the federal constitution as well as the conferences that occurred in Garowe are some of his administration’s successes. President Farole has added one more year to his presidency tenure.


Eight injured in violent protest in Sayla’

09 Jan – Source: Bar-kulan – 119 words

At least eight people were reportedly injured after Somaliland police clashed with angry protesters in northern Somali town of Sayla’. Chaos reportedly erupted after hundreds of locals protesting against the outcome of the recently held municipal election in the region surrounded the area county council headquarters prompting police to intervene in effort to disperse them.

Security forces allegedly used live bullets to disperse the protesters, injuring eight people. Some of the injured protesters are said to be in critical and were taken to neighbouring Djibouti for treatments.

Gesh Adan Bile, a local government official in Sayla’ told Bar-kulan that Somaliland forces are to be blamed for the injuries of civilians as they have used excessive force against unarmed protesters.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Somalia Re-Opens its National Intelligence & Security Agency

10 Jan – Source: Walta Information Centre – 200 words

The Somali government announced the reopening of its National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) headquarters this week. The announcement was made at a ceremony marking the event and its 41st anniversary. Speaking at the opening, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said its desirable discipline and commitment makes NISA role model of all Somali security forces.

The President called on the people of Somalia not to be brain-washed by foreign criminals, such as al Shabaab, who were trying to disrupt Somalia. He said security, one of the government’s Six Pillars Policy Plan, was a current priority and underlined his government’s commitment to in restoring peace in Somalia.


US offers Sh850m for Sudan terror suspects

09 Jan – Source: Daily Nation – 315 words

The US State Department has offered Sh425 million ($5 million) in rewards for information on each of two Sudanese terrorist suspects it believes are in Somalia “but could be anywhere else” in the world.

In a teleconference with journalists on Wednesday, the US Assistant Director for Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate, Mr Robert Hartung, said the cash prize targeted the arrest of runaways linked to the murder of a top US diplomat and a USAid employee in Khartoum in 2008.

Suspects Abdelbasit Alhaj Alhasan Haj Hamad and Mohamed Makawi Ibrahim Mohamed are wanted for the 2008 New Year killing of USAid diplomat John Granville and the agency’s Sudanese employee Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama.


Al Amriki sends ‘final appeal’, criticises al Shabaab

09 Jan – Source: Sabahi Online – 319 words

Omar Hammami’s fallout with al Shabaab has become more apparent after a new video and documents were released Monday (January 7th). In the video titled “The Final Appeal”, the American-born jihadist known as Abu Mansoor al Amriki said his situation has deteriorated in Somalia and asked an un-named Sheikh for help.

The new video was released less than a month after al Shabaab officially renounced Hammami, saying he is more interested in boosting his public persona than actually fighting for jihad.

A letter allegedly from Hammami posted with the new YouTube video said al Shabaab operatives in Somalia have been ineffective because of their mistrust of foreigners and weak allegiance to the principles of global jihad.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

France gives $1.3 for Somalia displaced

10 Jan – Source: News 24/ SAPA – 231 words

France on Wednesday pledged to give $1.3m to help the poorest of the hundreds of thousands of people in southern Somalia forced from their homes by war and famine. The aid will enable the International Organisation for Migration to put in place a year-long support programme for the displaced and those sheltering them, the IOM said in a statement.

“With this donation, IOM in Somalia is now able to establish border health posts on the Somali-Kenyan and Somali-Ethiopian borders… to service these very vulnerable migrant populations,” said IOM Somalia chief Ali Abdi.

“The current positive trends in Somalia, both the political process and the security situation, must be seized upon now and make us prepare, together with the Government of Somalia, the appropriate and acceptable conditions for the long-term stabilisation of the country,” said Etienne de Poncins, the French ambassador to Kenya, where the deal was signed.


Security Concern Ahead of Kenya Presidential Election

09 Jan – Source: VOA – 627 words

Kenyan presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi says the conflict in Somalia has created new security challenges for Kenya as the country prepares for elections in March.  In an interview with VOA Wednesday, the deputy prime minister said the country’s security agencies will have to be extra vigilant to ensure a peaceful vote.

As Kenya’s presidential poll approaches, the candidates are calling for peace, in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the violence that followed the last presidential election in 2007. Inter Ethnic fighting that broke out after the disputed vote left more than 1,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes.

Musalia Mudavadi was the running mate to current Prime Minister Raila Odinga during his campaign for president in 2007 and saw first-hand how the political dispute led to violence. He says a new threat has emerged since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in 2011 in pursuit of al Shabaab militants blamed for cross-border attacks.  Since the intervention, Kenya has endured a series of grenade attacks in Nairobi that police blame on al Shabaab or its sympathizers.


Somalia Congratulates Regional Sports Leaders for Successful Somali NOC Election

09 Jan – Source: News Blaze – 339 words

As congratulatory messages from across the country have been pouring into the headquarters of the national Olympic committee of Somalia for the past several days, the leaders of regional sports governing committees in the country have vehemently lauded for the outcome of Somali Olympic committee election.

The latest welcoming statements came from Abdulkader Hassan Awale (GOS) the head of the Gal-Mudug regional state sports committee, Abdirashid Aden Roble (Shig shigow) who heads sports committees of three central regions and Awesy Sufi Haji Afan the chairman of sports committee in western Somalia.

“The democratic Somali NOC election with full representations from all regions in the country was a great step forward and showed that Somalia was on the right path of a higher sports promotion,” Shig Shigow and Aweys Sufi said in a joint press statement on Tuesday.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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

Police swoops of undocumented alien’s happens everywhere in the world. The only difference in Kenya is that these swoops have become cash cows for a few corrupt officers who have set shop in Eastleigh to unnecessarily harass the Somalis. It is therefore no wonder that no major arrests or prosecution of the grenade-throwing assailants in Eastleigh is yet to be witnessed.


The Cost Of Harassing Somalis Over Terror

09 Jan – Source: The Star (Kenya) – 846 Words

Somali entrepreneurs in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood are fleeing en mass from Kenya and withdrawing billions of shillings from local banks to invest back home in Somalia and other neighboring countries like Uganda that are not hostile to the Somalis claiming some police officers are harassing them and robbing them off their properties in the name of fighting terrorism amid a spate of grenade attacks that has hit the area.

I hope the new Inspector General of the Kenya Police Service is reading this piece because from my understanding I believe his junior officers are yet to grasp that they are no longer the dreaded Kenya Police Force but rather a police service that ought to serve the public – including foreign investors like the Somalis or any other community or visitors to this country.

The economic consequence in figures of such irrational mass victimization of the Somali entrepreneurs is said to be a direct loss of approximately between Sh10 to Sh40 billion so far .

Mind you, many more others are contemplating leaving which means that figure is likely to rise. If you include thousands of jobless Kenyans working for or with the Somalis and the hundreds of empty buildings and loss of income to landlords then you have a crisis at hand.


“Jubaland represents the latest example of what Somalia’s version of federalism looks like.   It will be interesting to see how political and social forces react.  Even though the constitution lays out the basic grounds of federalism, there are many questions to be answered”.


Close to Becoming Somalia’s Next State

10 Jan – Source: Somalia Newsroom – 1230 Words

Jubaland historically comprised of Lower and Middle Juba states.  But military dictator and ex-President Siad Barre split up the region in 1975, adding Gedo, Bay, and Bakool states. The region has seen decades of conflict due to controversial clan resettlements, inter-clan fighting, warlordism, Islamic militancy, and fighting over control of lucrative areas like Kismayo port.

Currently, there are efforts by local groups in coordination with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to reunify Lower Juba, Middle Juba, and Gedo as Jubaland–even though the Somali government and its allies are still attempting to oust al Shabaab from many parts of these areas.

According to documents from one Jubaland organization, there is a belief that regional governments are better positioned to meet the needs of local communities. For this reason, Somalia has adopted a federal constitution that allows the decentralization of powers.  (Somaliland serves as the obvious example of a region that has sought independence rather than semi-autonomy.)

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Image of the dayPresident of Somalia’s Puntland State Abdirahman Mohamed Farole addressing occasion to mark his 4th year at the state house in the region’s commercial capital of Bossaso on January 8, 2013. Photo: Garowe Online.

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