January 2, 2013 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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Somali National Army heading to Bardhere

02 Jan- Source: Radio Mustaqbal- 123 words

Reports from Bardhere city of Gedo region says that top al Shabaab military officials in that city now started to move out of the city after the Somali national army forces reportedly made tactical move towards the city.

Adan Ahmed Rufle , who is one of the Somali military officials in the region who spoke to Mustaqbal radio said that the top leaders of al Shabaab in the region are now fleeing and heading to the remote areas.

“They now started to flee as usual , and our forces are now heading to the city to restore peace and law in the city,” said Mr. Rufle

There are no comments from al Shabaab regarding their withdrawal from Bardhere

Key Headlines

  • Defense Minister visits Bay (Radio Mogadishu/SONNA)
  • Somali National Army heading to Bardhere  (Radio Mustaqbal)
  • Authorities impose curfew on Beled-Hawo (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • Foreign affairs minister calls on Somalis in diaspora to invest in Somalia (Radio Gaalkacyo)
  • Government promises to cater for wellbeing of its forces (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • Somalis return to invest in Mogadishu  (Midnimo Online)
  • Doctors at Beledweyne hospital to continue work despite MSF pull out (Radio Kulmiye)
  • Sudanese leader pledges to support Somalia (SudanTV/SUNA)
  • Former TFG fighters behind fresh wave of attacks says official (Daily Nation)
  • Kenya Police Official Seeks Improved Security (VOA)
  • UN envoy calls for increased international support for Somalia (china.org/ Xinhua)

SOMALI MEDIA

Defense Minister visits Bay

02 Jan- Source: Radio Mogadishu/SONNA- 122 words

Somali Defense Minister Abdulhakim Haji Mohamud on Wednesday reached Baidoa city, the capital of Bay region  and he is expected to have  talks with officials of the region and African union peacekeeping forces.

The minister is accompanied by national army chief commander, Abdukadir Sh. Ali Diini and other senior officials from the Somali government.

The defense minister’s travel to Baidoa city is aimed at  inspecting the condition of the national forces, including their welfare. National forces in Bay backed by the African Union peacekeeping forces gained liberated new areas recently, pushing out the al Qaeda linked group of al Shabaab.


Somali National Army heading to Bardhere

02 Jan- Source: Radio Mustaqbal- 123 words

Reports from Bardhere city of Gedo region says that top al Shabaab military officials in that city now started to move out of the city after the Somali national army forces reportedly made tactical move towards the city.

Adan Ahmed Rufle , who is one of the Somali military officials in the region who spoke to Mustaqbal radio said that the top leaders of al Shabaab in the region are now fleeing and heading to the remote areas.

“They now started to flee as usual , and our forces are now heading to the city to restore peace and law in the city,” said Mr. Rufle

There are no comments from al Shabaab regarding their withdrawal from Bardhere


Authorities impose curfew on Beled-Hawo

02 Jan- Source: Radio Bar-kulan- 152 words

Government authorities in southwest Somali town of Beled-Hawo, near the border with Ethiopia and Kenya, have on Wednesday imposed a nighttime curfew on the town in order to safeguard the lives and property of locals in the area.

Confirming the restrictions, area security chief Abdi Abdullahi Hassan said the curfew will be effective as from 9pm local time on Wednesday night.

He threatened to take decisive actions against people found breaching terms of the curfew, saying that they will be considered a security threat to locals in the area.

Hassan said the curfew is aimed at securing the town and safeguarding the lives and property of the local population.It is not yet known how long the curfew will be in place.

The area administration has already formed a special unit of the army to deal with insecurity in the district, a move that has received the backing of the local people.


Foreign affairs minister calls on Somalis in diaspora to invest in Somalia

01 Jan – Source: Radio Gaalkacyo – 130 words

Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Minister who is also deputy premier, Fowziya Haji Adan, has held a meeting with the Somali community in London and urged them to invest in Somalia.The foreign affairs minister called on the community to take part in the reconstruction of the country, stating that the country was now entering reconstruction phase.

Fowsiyo pointed out that the war against al Shabaab was now over and government was embarking on major efforts to revive country’s infrastructure. The statement comes as many Somali people are returning home and investing in projects. However, many Somalis are still going to Libya on their way to Europe.


Government promises to cater for wellbeing of its forces

02 Jan- Source: Radio Bar-kulan- 114 words

The government has assured the armed forces that it will cater for their needs as they continue serving the nation. Speaking at his office in Villa Somalia on Tuesday, Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon said the government will care for its armed forces.

He said the government troops will this year get paid for their services, receive medical care, and all other necessary up-keeps to support themselves and their families.

The prime minister urged the government soldiers to continue their onslaught against the Al-Shabaab militant group to secure the country.

He however promised the government will take injured soldiers whose medical needs could not be met inside the country to abroad for further treatments.


Somalis return to invest in Mogadishu

02 Jan –  Midnimo Online – 149 words

Mogadishu, plagued by 21 years of war and anarchy, is witnessing a construction boom as more Somalis return to their country after spending many years in foreign lands.

The Somali capital has been through difficult times in the last two decades. It was ruined by endless fighting and years of pillage, forcing many to flee their homes to foreign places.

The city was for years ruled by warlords and Islamist militants, making it one of the worst to live in. Anyone who lived in Mogadishu in those years was in one way or another affected by the constant fighting.

Its residents became accustomed to reports of rape, recruitment of child soldiers, child labour, pillaging of public property and proliferation of illegal roadblocks.

Somali pirates reminded the world that the country was still the most dangerous place on earth and that the situation could worsen if nothing was not done.


Al Shabaab parades government forces defectors in southwestern Somali town

01 Jan – Source: Radio Gaalkacyo –  122 words

Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamic Movement reportedly paraded three government officers that they claimed had defected to their group in Bakool Region, southwestern Somalia. According to the Radio, al Shabaab official only identified as Sheikh Abdullahi said that the three soldiers from the national army had defected to the group, saying that they were expecting to receive many more government troops.

Meanwhile, the police commander of Bakool Region region, Ali Salad, denied the claims by al Shabaab, saying that no one from the government troops had defected to them.

Al Shabaab still controls parts of Bakool Region even after losing key towns in the region.


Puntland Police conduct security operation in Garowe

02 Jan- Source: Radio Bar-kulan- 105 words

Police in Garowe, capital of Somalia’s Puntland state on Tuesday conducted a security operation aimed at nabbing drug traffickers and curbing rising insecurity in the regional capital following the recent killing of a senior police officer in the city.

Police were allegedly stopping vehicles and people walking on the streets at late hours of Tuesday night.

It is not yet clear whether people were arrested during this operation targeting drug traffickers and people seen to be security threats in the regional city.
The operation comes days after a senior police officer was shot dead in the city and police say they are holding several people in connection to the killing.


Doctors at Beledweyne hospital to continue work despite MSF pull out

01 Jan- Source: Radio Kulmiye- 156 words

Dr. Hassan Omar Siad, is one of the doctors operating in Beledweyne Hospital of the Hiiraan province, he has reported to the Kulmiye media the impact that may come from the MSF Switzerland stops its operations in the town.

The doctor said the federal government and the administration of the province have not made a general health system that can reach the public.

The doctor said even though the MSF says it will cease its operations in Beledweyne, they will continue the work they used to do at the hospital.

On the other hand, Dr. Hassan Omar Siad, MSF has been providing medical assistance for almost 6 years and that the hospital still needs assistance including emergency operations.

He called on all the communities to assist the hospital. MSF announced recently that it will stop its operations in the Hospital.


Tarsan appeals for support in restoring Mogadishu theatre

02 Jan- Source: Radio Bar-kulan- 154 words

Business owners in Mogadishu and Somalis in the diaspora were told to take part in rebuilding the country’s main theatre in Mogadishu.
Mogadishu mayor Mohamoud Ahmed Tarsan said the facility is one of the many public places badly hit by the seemingly ending two decades old conflict in the country.

He said the public ought to take part in rebuilding such vital facilities in the country.

The facility was reopened March last year after 21 years of closure following the outbreak of civil war in the country in early 1991. But after one month, a deadly explosion ripped though it killing seven people including two Somali sports officials and injuring dozen others.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility of the attack which has attracted both local and international condemnations.

In August last year, the national theatre has received a major facelift after Mogadishu-based Centre for Research and Dialogue (CRD) in conjunction with the then TFG renovated it.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Sudanese leader pledges to support Somalia

02 Jan – Source: Sudan TV/Sudan News Agency- 104 words

Sudanese President FM Umar al-Bashir has vowed to support Somalia until it becomes a stable state. Speaking after Al-Rusayris dam in the Blue Nile State, President Umar al-Bashir said, “We will support Somalia until it becomes strong, stable and peaceful.”

State-owned Sudan TV aired the live address of the president’s speech on the occasion to permit the inauguration of the dam, which was attended by Somali President, Hasan Shaykh Mahmud, and dignitaries from other countries.

The inauguration of Al-Rusayris Dam coincided with the 57th anniversary of the independence of Sudan.


Former TFG fighters behind fresh wave of attacks, says official

01 Dec- Source: Daily Nation- 414 words

The Garissa County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim has attributed the series of terror attacks in the northeastern town to Kenyan- Somalis who deserted the Somali Transitional Federal Government forces in Somalia.

Mr Maalim told the Nation in Garissa a fortnight ago that terrorism in the town was a build-up of activities that started long before the Kenya Defence Forces crossed the porous border with Somalia on Operation Linda Nchi.

Kenya led regional efforts to bolster TFG’s and helped recruit the young men who would go into its armed forces.

They also ended up fighting alongside the Kenya Defence Forces but when they couldn’t bear the heat anymore, they fled back home with their weapons.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Somali People Happy to have Turkey on their Side

02 Jan- Source: Turkish Weekly -264 words

I saw people saying “Turks have arrived, we would not die from hunger and lack of treatment”, Bozdag told AA regarding the works of the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) and the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).

Bozdag said that TIKA extended its efforts in 2011 and currently had offices in 33 countries.

He said that TIKA was the pioneer agency for Somalia aid campaign and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to capital Mogadishu was a milestone for Somali people.

Bozdag said that there had been great changes in Somalia and Somali people were praising to God upon seeing Turkish planes carrying aid.


Kenya Police Official Seeks Improved Security

01 Jan- Source: VOA- 336 words

Kenya’s new inspector general of police says he will be leading efforts to combat violence and bolster security ahead of the March 4 general election.

“We have a lot of strategies that we are putting in place to address a number of issues, not only [for] the election, but general security in the country,” said Inspector General David Kimaiyo.

“I am very sure that within the next two months we shall be putting some of the mechanisms in place, which includes deploying officers in all the polling stations and ensure … security generally in all other areas,” Kimaiyo added.

He called on political leaders and citizens to help the police uphold and enforce the country’s laws to ensure peace.


UN envoy calls for increased international support for Somalia

01 Jan- Source: china.org/ Xinhua- 723 words

Top UN envoy for Somalia has called for sustained international support for Somalia to consolidate gains which have been realized in the past year.
In a year-end letter to the Somalis and the international community on Tuesday, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga however cautioned that the road to stabilization will not be easy.

“Somalia remains a state in need of support from the international community, which will need to re-invest comprehensively and generously if it is to capitalize on its massive investment of time and resources,” Mahiga said.

He said at the beginning of the 2011, the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) and half of its staff relocated to Somalia from neighboring Kenya and continued to work alongside key Somali partners in a variety of sectors.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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

“To the young people of Somalia we say thank you for not giving up on your country even though for some of you the idea of Somalia only exists in your mind’s eye. Yet you embrace it, pray for it, and include it in your grand plan of life.”


WardheerNews person of the year: Somali Youth: Generation Tomorrow

01 Jan- Source: Wardheernews-1353 Words

Imagine you are a twenty year old who lives in a stateless country. Imagine that life around you is chaotic; there are guns and warlords everywhere. Piracy Lords and Al-Shabab mullah Lords are always around to persuade you to join in. Everyone is competing for you to kill for them, loot for them, or detonate yourself alive for their cause. You don’t have any food to eat; your mom, the only parent remaining, is struggling to keep your siblings alive, and so you leave home because you don’t want to be a burden. Now you are wondering the streets, not a morsel of food in your tummy, choices are plenty but they all lead to the same endless destructive road.

The sparse education you have received throughout the war years has kept you chronically illiterate. No one has ever read to you, you have seen books but you could never comprehend what the letters inside spell. And yet the world expects you to be a normal kid when you had nothing but the most abnormal upbringing. Your peers across the world are pursuing their education, some have founded billion Dollar companies; others are on their way to becoming the next generation of leaders. Pondering and dreaming are a daily pastime, and so at times you wonder how it all came to pass.  You look around and the answer comes back rushing: you are a Somali Youth and this is your reality!


“Most probably, many triggers of Somalia’s clan violence, which moved from rural to urban settlements, elude the well-crafted definitions and explanations by scholars sucked in the clan maelstrom of Somalia. The sovereign coercive power of Government based on the rule of law for justice, fairness and accountability is the best tool for preventing and eliminating clan violence in Somalia.”


Somalia: Justice and reconciliation casualty of clan morass

02 Jan- Source: Hiiraan Online-1251 Words

The setting up of local public administration in the regions of Gedo, Lower Jubba and Middle Jubba yet to be entirely liberated from the Al Qaeda affiliated Al Shabab has generated passionate debate for four reasons. First, as result of clan based federalism,  it stirred  the majority and minority struggle between communities in those regions at village, district and regional levels. Second, it brought to the front the divergent interests and goals of the multiple foreign, national and local actors claiming stakes in the process; Third, it represented a special significance for the federal government since it defines the values and meaning of the post-transition political dispensation and concretized implementation of the Provisional Constitution (PC) on territorial jurisdiction and citizenship supremacy. Fourth, the ban of the UN Security Council on the export of the charcoal piled up in the area hit hard the local economy.


What has really changed in Mogadishu after 21 years?

02 Jan –  Source: Midnimo.com – 351 words

Well, the departure of Al-Shabaab from the city almost two years ago heralded a new political beginning. International agencies returned as world leaders including the Turkish prime minister and the United Nations chief visited the Somali capital.

Somalis in the Diaspora, some of whom have not been to the war-torn capital for 21 years, began to return home. They started to invest in hotels, shopping malls and expensive drycleaners. They started to rebuild the city.

Authorities started to repair the city’s dilapidated roads. Big hotels were set up on the shores of the capital’s Liido Beach. The number of vehicles on the streets of Mogadishu increased and the government began to clear the city of roadblocks that bloated its images for 21 years.

International flights to Mogadishu increased with reports saying up to 100 planes land at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde airport daily. Internal flights to Lower Jubba, Bay, Hiiraan, Gedo and Galguduud regions also increased.

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@EUTMSomalia  to #Somalia, to our #Somali recruits, to every#EUTM trainer the best wishes of a peaceful #2013. Happy New Year!

@MahamudBille  I am not certain why people make big deal out of #MoFarah being stopped by #US customs, its part of every#Somali‘s travel experience.

@HoaCitizen  #Kenya: #Somali refugees are leaving en-masse, so far over $45 million dollars has been withdrawn from the Kenyan central bank. #Somalia

‏@RhymingNomad  The Somali National Basketball Team, 1972. posting at the airport. #Somalia pic.twitter.com/zdDAAipG

@Africathinker  PM Shirdon has assured the armed forces that the government will cater for their needs as they continue to serve the nation. #Somalia

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Image of the daySudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, left, leads his Somali counterpart Hassan Sheikh to inspect a military guard of honor upon his arrival in Khartoum, Sudan, January 1, 2013. Somali president is in Sudan for a state visit. Photo: Hiiraan Online/PPS

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