October 11, 2012 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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Kenyan army recovers bodies of soldiers killed by Somali militants

11 Oct – Source: Standard – 171 words

Kenyan troops in Kismayu, Somalia have recovered bodies of two of their colleagues who were killed and later dragged in the town by the al Shabaab militants. Department of Defence spokesman Maj Emanuel Chirchir said the bodies of two Kenyans and two Somalia soldiers were recovered by troops in the town after being led to a grave where they were buried.

“KDF/Somalia National Army soldiers dragged in Kismayo by al Shabaab recovered,” said Maj Chirchir in a tweet.  He added Kismayo locals led the AMISOM troops to the locations where the four had been buried. He added that the troops in the town appreciate the gesture by the residents.

Key Headlines

  • Mogadishu security deteriorating says Somalia’s President (Radio Mustaqbal)
  • Ugandan PM says AMISOM captured most of urban areas in Somalia (New Vision)
  • Fresh Ethiopian troops arrive in Luq town (Shabelle)
  • Kenyan army recovers bodies of soldiers killed by Somali militants (Standard)
  • MSF reiterates its anger and shock one year after abduction of aid workers from Dadaab (MSF)
  • Operations conducted in Wanleweyne in the past 24 hours (Radio Mustaqbal)
  • Two-tier administration for Kismayo (Standard)
  • Al Shabaab fighters arrest civilians in Lower Shabelle region (Shabelle)
  • US welcomes appointment of new Somalian PM (Global Times)

SOMALI MEDIA

Mogadishu security deteriorating, says Somalia’s President

11 Oct – Source: Radio Mustaqbal – 172 words

Somalia’s president Hassan Sheik Mohamud while speaking to Somali Community in Kampla, the capital of Uganda said that there is an escalating insecurity situation in the Somali capital, Mogadishu right now. The president said that the insecurity prompted the residents in the city not to walk in the night time or even go to mosques.

Hassan pledged that security aparatus will double their efforts in restoring peace, stability since the enemies are not strong in Mogadishu. The president also reiterated his government commitment security, making it first agenda and re-establish the legal institutions responsible for the justice of the country. In September, there were human rights violations in the capital including suicide explosions targeted on innocent civilians and journalists.


Fresh Ethiopian troops arrive in Luq town

11 Oct – Source: Shabelle – 121 words

Columns of armoured vehicles and military pick-up trucks carrying fresh Ethiopian troops have reportedly reached Somalia’s border town of Luq located in Gedo province. Somali National Army (SNA) commanders in the area say the Ethiopian troops set up military bases on the suburbs of the town, where they are planning major offensive against the remaining towns and locations controlled by al Qaeda-linked militants of al Shabaab.

“The troops dug trenches and erected barricades in a bid to tighten their military grip in the region which is currently a battlefront for Somali government forces and al Shabaab militants,” a resident who asked not to be named, told Shabelle Media Network by phone.


Curfew imposed on southern Somali town

11 Oct – Source: Radio Dalsan – 102 words

Reports from Lower Shebelle region say that a curfew has imposed in Wanlawayn town as the Somali government officials say they are putting efforts to assure the security of the district.

The reports add that the curfew is part of operations that are conducting by the allied forces of Somali military and AMISOM. 15 people have been arrested for suspicion of jeopardizing town’s security. In addition, the government officials noted that they will investigate those men and will be released if they are found without any case.

Operations conducted in Wanleweyne in the past 24 hours

11 Oct – Source: Radio Mustaqbal – 131 words

Somalia’s government forces backed by African Union troops AMISOM have conducted security operations in Wanleweyne district in Lower Shabelle region, Northwest of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

Officials said the operation was aimed to restore the security of district which was recently liberated from al Shabaab fighters. The officers confirmed that several people, who are suspected to have links with al Shabaab were arrested in the operation. The operations comes a few days after African Union troops and Somali government forces took control of the town, which is located 93 kilometers northwest of Mogadishu.


Al Shabaab fighters arrest civilians in Lower Shabelle region

11 Oct – Source: Shabelle – 93 words

Al Shabaab militants arrest locals in Bulo-Mareer area located some 120 Km south of Somali capital, Mogadishu, reports said. “Three local businessmen were arrested by al Shabaab and we don’t know exactly why these people have been targeted and taken to a militant custody,” a witness told Shabelle Media Network by phone.

Somali army officials say al Shabaab alleged that they arrested the businessmen over spying for the government and AMISOM forces who are marching towards the towns yet under militant control.


IDPs in Beledweyne faced with hardship

11 Oct – Source: Radio Mustaqbal/Hiiraan Online – 248 words

The Internal Displaced Peoples (IDPS) those who fled from the flood-hit town of Beledweyne are reportedly languishing on outskirts of the town, Mustaqbal radio reported. The IDPs fled the town after river Shabelle broke its banks. The IDPs said they are faced with dire living condition, adding that they don’t have basic needs including water, shelter, food and NFI (Non Food Items).

Abdisamad Bare who is the commissioner of Beledweyne told Mustaqbal radio on the telephone that the displaced people are complaining about water shortage and the water brought to them is not supplied equally. He added that there was also food aid brought to the IDPs, but unfortunately was not supplied in good manner.

Abdisamad called on UN, International and local humanitarian aid agencies to support the people affected by the floods. “The IDPS complain about dire living condition, they are faced with lack of clean water,” he said.. The government, particularly, committee for supervising the impact of the floods in Beledweyne, announced by Dr. Abdiwali Mohamed Ali Gas, former TFG prime minister, assured that food aid and medicines will soon be sent to those IDPs.


Galmudug Information minister’s guards harass journalists in Galkayo

10 Oct – Source: Bar-kulan – 109 words

Three journalists including Bar-kulan’s Galkayo correspondent Ahmed Farah were on Wednesday mishandled by security details of Galmudug’s Information Minister Ahmed Basto. The minister’s guards physically assaulted the three journalists under the directives of the minister for allegedly covering a story on the immediate former president early this week.

The journalists were attending an event in Hotel embassy in central Somali city of Galkayo when the minister arrived and ordered them to leave the place without them piecing up their stories. But the trio defied his orders for the sake of the work and pleaded with him before they were harassed by his gun-wielding guards and their recording gadgets confiscated.


Radio Station Shut Down in Semi-Autonomous Region of Somalia

10 Oct – Source: NUSOJ/Markacadeey – 139 words

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) expresses concern over the closure of a private radio station in Bosaso, a city in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region. Puntland police shut down Horseed Media on Saturday, 6 October, after the radio station was accused of spreading false news that is meant to “destabilise [the] peace and stability of Puntland.”

The police said that they got the order to close down the radio station from the Ministry of Information, who had allegedly sent an official letter to the police headquarters in Garowe. But the Horseed Media office in Bosaso never received said letter, according to the management of Horseed Media. Abdikani Hassan, the Director of Horseed Media, said “We don’t know why such [a] decision was taken by the authorities, still no reason is given [as to] why the radio was shutdown.


Regional governor hints plan to liberate entire Middle Shebelle region

10 Oct – Source: Radio Dalsan – 109 words

The governor of Middle shabelle region for Somali government has revealed that plans to take over the region from al Shabaab has been completed. Eng. Abdi Jinow Alasow said on Wednesday in Mogadishu that the government forces have moved to the region’s capital and other towns, adding that relation between the region’s admin and the residents is good.

In addition Mr Jiinow pointed out that al Shabaab troubled the people of Middle Shebelle and appealed to the region’s population to welcome and work with the government troops.  Lastly, the governor said that they have finished the plan to handle and administrate the whole region.


Hargeisa Supreme Court releases corruption suspects

10 Oct – Source: Raxanreeb – 132 words

The Supreme Court of Marodi-jeeh region has on Wednesday freed the detained former Marodi-Jeeh Governor Ahmed Omar Hajji and the Director General of Rehabilitation and Resettlement Ministry of Somaliland Ahmed Elmi Barre.

The freed individuals and five other members were sentenced by Hargeisa High Court early march this year after the court ruled that they embezzled a relief aid that was intended for the internal displaced people.

The court sentenced Ahmed Omar and Ahmed Elmi for two years in prison on March this year after they were accused of corruption. Others who were sentenced include the adviser of Somaliland vice-president Said Osman Jama, three business men and a contractor.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Two-tier administration for Kismayo

11 Oct – Source: Standard – 185 words

Kenya Defence Forces and their AMISOM counterparts have agreed to establish a two-tier administration to run the Somali port city of Kismayo following its capture two weeks ago.

The troops together with the Somali National Army and Raskamboni Brigade met on Wednesday to wage the way forward on Kismayo administration. Operations spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna said tier one will comprise of the chair, his deputy and 10 assistants.

Col Oguna added two of the 10 assistants will each be in charge of a department. The departments include: Security, Economics, Justice, Social and Relief. The second tier will comprise of working parties, each having five personnel in the departments stated above bringing the working number to 25, he added.


Ugandan PM says AMISOM captured most of urban areas in Somalia

11 Oct – Source: New Vision – 286 words

Uganda Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said AMISOM had taken over most of the urban areas in Somalia from the al Shabaab. He said there was need to reform the clan system of governance in Somalia to enhance mutual co-existence.  Italy is among the countries that fund the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) through the European Union and has pledged more assistance.


Kenyan army recovers bodies of soldiers killed by Somali militants

11 Oct – Source: Standard – 171 words

Kenyan troops in Kismayu, Somalia have recovered bodies of two of their colleagues who were killed and later dragged in the town by the al Shabaab militants.

Department of Defence spokesman Maj Emanuel Chirchir said the bodies of two Kenyans and two Somalia soldiers were recovered by troops in the town after being led to a grave where they were buried.

“KDF/Somalia National Army soldiers dragged in Kismayo by al Shabaab recovered,” said Maj Chirchir in a tweet.  He added Kismayo locals led the AMISOM troops to the locations where the four had been buried. He added that the troops in the town appreciate the gesture by the residents.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

MSF reiterates its anger and shock one year after abduction of aid workers from Dadaab

11 Oct – Source: MSF – 236 words

The Medical Humanitarian Organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues to support the families of Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra, who were abducted while working to help Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya. MSF once again states its anger and shock over this act of violence and demands their immediate release.

Montserrat and Blanca were abducted by armed men on 13 October 2011 from Dadaab’s Ifo 2 refugee camp, in northeastern Kenya, while working on the construction of a hospital. Since then, they have been held against their will in Somalia. MSF again strongly condemns this attack.


US welcomes appointment of new Somalian PM

11 Oct – Source: Global Times – 139 words

The US government on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of Abdi Farah Shirdon as the new prime minister of Somalia. The State Department said in a statement that Washington looks forward to Shirdon’s selection of a new cabinet and its approval by the Somalia’s parliament “in accordance with Somalia’s new provisional constitution.”

Encouraged by parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari’s promise to support the new administration, the State Department said the United States continues to “stand with the Somali people as they stabilize and rebuild their country.”

The statement said Washington also looks forward to “hearing from the new government how we can best work together in partnership for the benefit of Somalia and the region.” Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Saturday named Shirdon, a businessman, as the country’s new prime minister, nearly a month after the president was elected.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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“Nonetheless the many constraints faced by the AU and African governments, the recent Somalia peace keeping efforts which are currently being resolved by the union must be commended; it was an exceptional African effort that must not go un-noticed, and which must be replicated in other hot spots on the continent.”


Africa Somalia’s Effort Deserves Plaudit

11 Oct – Source: New Liberian – 1372 Words

The African Union (AU) recent military offensive in Somalia, if anything, which saw troops taking full control of the Somali port city of Kismayo, must be praised. By capturing the most important iron grip of the al Shabaab Islamist group and virtually beating them on the battlefield in Somalia, Africa has put a feather in the cap.

It is a significant achievement for a continent that is always looking for international mediation and foreign boots to solve its problems. It is now known that the group are on the back foot and no longer formidable as they once were because of the extra ordinary military cooperation between the AU and Somali troops. It is moments like these that should make all Africans proud. But thanks must also go to the United States for providing training and military support to the African led effort.

Somalia is difficult to understand as most African conflicts are. Though not as large as the Congo; the battle there has been hot, if not the fiercest on the continent. After the United States led failed mission during the 1990s, the country suddenly became a no man’s land. It can be recalled that in 1992 US Marines landed in Mogadishu to bring order to the unruly place and safe guard relief supplies.

The United States was humiliated. One year after it landed in Somalia, US Army Rangers were killed when Somali militias shot down two US helicopters, the television footage that is beamed back to the states were horrific and shocking to American audience and US policy makers. The Americans withdrew in 1994, and washed its hands out of African conflicts.


“A few days ago president Hassan Sheikh of Somalia has appointed a Prime Minister. Three main challenges are facing him. Challenge One is a legacy from his predecessor; challenge two is how how sees powerful local actors, and challenge three is about Joint Financial Management Board.”


Somalia: Three challenges facing Somali president

10 Oct – Source: Raxanreeb – 362 Words

Former Somali president Sharif Shaikh Ahmed promoted men with no military experience. Former Secretary of Defence of the Union of Islamic Courts, Yusuf Indha’ade, was made a general ( Somalia say he was promoted).

Another former warlord, Mohamed Rooble Jima’ale (aka Goobaale), who once co-ruled Kismayo until 2006 , is one of Mogadishu-based Somali Army. He is keen to call shots in Marka, sources say. This challenge is linked to another serious challenge about militias absorbed into the army but who man illegal checkpoints in Mogadishu and other liberated towns such as Bal’ad, and Afgoye.


“Some progress on the political front has meant that Somalia’s transitional government has now ended, producing a new constitution, Prime Minister and President. There are signs that international expectations are growing, as is a work agenda to rapidly drive progress around the country, ambitiously leading to popular elections by 2016. Yet the African force, mandated to support the government, is spread thinner than ever before. Together they have to transition from a war-fighting stance to a peacekeeping stance and nurture a growing sense of stability.”


Somalia – Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future

10 Oct – Source: American Security Project – 1097 Words

These days good news is coming out of Somalia thick and fast. It has been more than three months since Associated Press removed the tag of “world’s most dangerous city” from its capital, Mogadishu. Last week, extremist insurgents were pushed out of the commercial hub of Kismayo, Somalia’s second city, which they had vowed to defend at all costs.

This progress is important to the United States. This summer the State Department affirmed that the al Qaeda-linked Foreign Terrorist Organization, called “the youth” or al Shabaab, resident within the thinly-governed territory of Somalia poses a direct threat to United States national security interests. Visible progress in Somalia is a much needed boost to the United States geopolitical standing at a time when the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq are being used by some as a clarion call for a new phase of non-interventionism.

Drone strikes and kidnap rescues by special forces provides the most dramatic proof of the United States commitment to a stable Somalia. But more quietly the United States has been investing – through training, mentoring and equipping – in the African Union force to be the frontman for stabilizing Somalia. One report puts United States assistance to the African force at $656 million since 2006, though that hardly encompasses multilateral aid to the United Nations or military assistance to critical non-AMISOM countries, like Ethiopia.

Top tweets

@UNPOSomalia  As the world marks Int’l Day of the Girl Child, art.15 of #Somalia’s Constitution has banned circumcision of girls: http://bit.ly/NV4RyF  @UN.

@AbukarArman  #Somalia With right vision & frame of mind, the era of seemingly perpetual discord, division & violence could be a thing of the past. Peace.

@HOA_News  US Spokesperson Toria Nuland: The U.S. stands with the people of #Somalia as they stabilize and rebuild their country. http://go.usa.gov/YKA9.

@StandardKenya  #KDF and #Amisom to establish two-tier administration for fallen Al Shabaab stronghold, #Kismayu http://bitly.com/SNbCU0.

@AndreasBWest  Increasing #pirate activity off #Somalia coast as #monsoon ends. What intensity level can we expect in the coming months?

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Image of the day Flood victims crowd around a truck carrying part of the first wave of ICRC assistance in Beletweyn, the regional capital of Hiiraan in central Somalia. Photo: ICRC.

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