January 27, 2015 | Morning Headlines.

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Puntland presidential guards stage strike over salary

26 Jan – Source: Garowe Online – 233 Words

Presidential Security Unit (PSU) soldiers staged a strike at Bossaso palace over delayed pay as the Puntland government ponders the installation of new note printing plant, Garowe Online reports. The mutineers, who cordoned off the entrances to Bossaso palace where President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was holding a meeting, are said to have not been paid for seven months. Puntland Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Saed Mohamed Hirsi (Saed Dhere) intervened, telling the striking soldiers to wait two months for their salary.

Meanwhile, a statement released to the media by Puntland Finance Ministry said that civil servants and security forces will be paid on 25th of every month. Though the government noted that the payment will become effective in January 2015, it has not mentioned whether it would pay off long overdue salaries at a later date. Insiders tell GO that a group of businessmen, including first deputy speaker of parliament Abdihamid Sheikh Abdisalan, planned to set up a note printing plant– a move that economists say could plunge the state into severe meltdown.

In March 2014, Puntland Defence Forces in the 54th Somali army base staged a similar mutiny, setting tires on fire and chanting for their military rights. In early July, a 500-bed Danish-funded pirate-holding complex in the state capital of Garowe came on the verge of closure but Puntland Custodian Corps Chief Gen. Ali Nur later denied the reported substandard conditions in the prison facility in an emailed statement.

Key Headlines

  • Puntland presidential guards stage strike over salary (Garowe Online)
  • Southwest State opened reconciliation conference in Afgoye (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Jubaland leader calls on Somalis abroad to return(Garowe Online)
  • Food aid distributed in parts of Middle Shabelle (Radio Bar-kulan)
  • Puntland approves its school curriculum (Radio Dalsan)
  • Mogadishu mayor hails Turkey’s development projects in Somalia(Radio Bar-kulan)
  • Former Somalia president announces new charity organization in UK(Somali Current)
  • Police seize smuggled food (Star)
  • Somali shop owner’s case postponed (SABC)

 

SOMALI MEDIA

Puntland presidential guards stage strike over salary

26 Jan – Source: Garowe Online – 233 Words

Presidential Security Unit (PSU) soldiers staged a strike at Bossaso palace over delayed pay as the Puntland government ponders the installation of new note printing plant, Garowe Online reports. The mutineers, who cordoned off the entrances to Bossaso palace where President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was holding a meeting, are said to have not been paid for seven months. Puntland Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Saed Mohamed Hirsi (Saed Dhere) intervened, telling the striking soldiers to wait two months for their salary.

Meanwhile, a statement released to the media by Puntland Finance Ministry said that civil servants and security forces will be paid on 25th of every month. Though the government noted that the payment will become effective in January 2015, it has not mentioned whether it would pay off long overdue salaries at a later date. Insiders tell GO that a group of businessmen, including first deputy speaker of parliament Abdihamid Sheikh Abdisalan, planned to set up a note printing plant– a move that economists say could plunge the state into severe meltdown.

In March 2014, Puntland Defence Forces in the 54th Somali army base staged a similar mutiny, setting tires on fire and chanting for their military rights. In early July, a 500-bed Danish-funded pirate-holding complex in the state capital of Garowe came on the verge of closure but Puntland Custodian Corps Chief Gen. Ali Nur later denied the reported substandard conditions in the prison facility in an emailed statement.


Southwest State opened reconciliation conference in Afgoye

26 Jan – Source: Radio Goobjoog- 100 Words

The Southwest State administration  commenced a five-day reconciliation conference in Afgooye between the elders of clans who fought days ago in Lower Shabelle region. The meeting was also attended by MPs, intellectuals, ministers from Southwest State and elders from Lower Shabelle region who will be observers and arbitrators .The president of Southwest State, speaking at the meeting, has remarked on the importance of peace, and the role people in the region have to play to stabilize it. This comes after heavy skirmish erupted between the two clans which resulted in the death and displacement of many locals around the area.


Jubaland leader calls on Somalis abroad to return

26 Jan – Source: Garowe Online – 140 Words

Jubaland President Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) has called on Somalis in the diaspora to return home on account of the improving security situation in the country, Garowe Online reports. Speaking at special gathering with diaspora returnees at the Jubaland presidential palace in the southern port city of Kismayo, President Madobe noted that the fishing and agriculture sectors are offering encouraging opportunities for the native residents who are currently living abroad. Madobe also commended Somali-Americans for equipping Kismayo General Hospital with modern equipment. Jubaland diaspora members have been flocking into the once bullet-riddled Kismayo where armed militias long vied for control. Jubaland is a home to one of the busiest seaports in the country. Locals are heavily reliant on the fertile hinterlands along Jubba River for their livelihoods. Jubaland is a federal state that shares Somalia’s extreme southern border with neighboring Kenya.


Food aid distributed in parts of Middle Shabelle

26 Jan – Source: Radio Bar-Kulan – 121 Words

500 needy families in Middle Shabelle region have received food donated by the Turkish government and channeled through Somalia’s interior ministry.The Middle Shabelle administration distributed the 15,000 kg of food aid comprising of flour and sugar to families in Marerrey, Sabun and Labo-wab villages. Ahmed Mayre Makara, head of a committee tasked to distribute the food, said they gave out the items to the neediest families in the area.The distribution task which was launched several days ago is expected to be concluded today, according to members of the committee. Most of the beneficiaries are said to be displaced families who have recently returned to their homes after fleeing from clan clashes in areas near Jowhar district.


Puntland approves its school curriculum

26 Jan – Source: Radio Dalsan – 166 Words

The Puntland education ministry managed to approve a common curriculum for Puntland.This was achieved after envoys selected for the task debated the curriculum over the last couple of days. The Minister of Education for Puntland, Hon. Ali Haji Warsame, delivered a lengthy speech at an event marking the approval of the curriculum. In his speech, the minister said there is no dispute over the approval of the curriculum, adding that this will be the common curriculum in all the public schools of Puntland.

“I am very happy and excited in the fair and free manner in which this curriculum was debated,”the minister said. He added that Puntland has a good number of academicians who understand modern education, and who are ready to take part in efforts to alleviate ignorance among the younger generation.The curriculum of Puntland was first written in 2011, but later on several amendments were made to it.


Mogadishu mayor hails Turkey’s development projects in Somalia

26 Jan – Source: Radio Bar-Kulan – 194 Words

Benadir Governor and Mogadishu Mayor, Hassan Mohamed Hussein (Mungab,) has hailed Turkey’s support for the Somali people and said Somalis would never forget it. The Benadir administration on Sunday night held an event to show support and appreciation for the Turkish development projects in the country.The event was attended by government officials, members of Turkish aid agencies in the capital, singers and many other people.“Somalis are grateful for the unwavering support of the Turkish people and the recent visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Mogadishu,” Mungab said.

He added the Turkish government implemented all the development projects it earlier promised in 2011 when the then-Prime Minister Erdogan visited the country at the height of the famine. Abdullahi Godah Barre, the acting Minister of Interior and Federalism, said Erdogan’s Sunday visit to Somalia was historic and showed the strong relations between the two brotherly nations.

Turkish Red Crescent vice chairman, Nihat Adiguzel, said they will continue supporting the Somali people and their government, as part of the efforts to strengthen the ties between the two countries.The Turkish president launched development projects sponsored by his government including an airport terminal in Mogadishu.


Former Somalia president announces new charity organization in UK

26 Jan – Source: Somali Current – 157 Words

Former Somali president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Monday announced a new charity organization in Bristol. The Samadoon Foundation was established to focus on health, education and Somalia’s prevailing reconciliation process. Bristol mayor George Ferguson, former Somalia PM Nuur Adde and key selected Somali community members in the UK attended a highly structured avowal ceremony held in Bristol.

“I was planning to declare this new organization, and [explain that] it will focus Somalia’s basic development. Somali people need effective reconciliation and compromise,” Sheikh Sharif said. He said that Samadoon Foundation is free from politics and asked Somali people to work with his new organization. The former president, who is currently studying in the UK met with Somali community members in Bristol. During his term as Somali president, Sheikh Sharif led the transitional government and worked with forces who ousted Al-shabaab militants from Mogadishu.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Police seize smuggled food

26 Jan – Source:Star   – 82 Words

Police have seized Sh500,000 contraband food on the outskirts of Garissa town.Garissa deputy county commissioner Dominick Kyenza on Saturday said police were informed of the 47 bags of sugar and 50 cartons of powder milk in a house. Kyenza said the owner was arrested. He said the lorry that delivered the consignment left moments before the police arrived. Kyenza said the arrest is a major breakthrough in the fight against contraband goods from Somalia that have saturated the Garissa market.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Somali shop owner’s case postponed

26 Jan – Source: SABC- 167 Words

Somali shop owner Senosi Yusuf’s murder case was postponed by the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Magistrate Herman Badenhorst postponed the matter to February 4 so Yusuf’s status in the country could be established. Yusuf is accused of shooting dead Siphiwe Mahori, 14, in Snake Park, Soweto, last Monday. He allegedly fired at a group of people trying to rob his shop. Members of the police’s tactical task team were in the courtroom.

Yusuf, wearing a jersey and cargo pants, spoke through a Somali interpreter. His brother, who refused to be named or speak to reporters, was in court accompanied by three Somali men.The shooting sparked a wave of looting of foreign-owned shops, which spread from Soweto to Kagiso on the West Rand and Sebokeng in the Vaal, causing several deaths, including a baby who was trampled by a group of people running.Thirty alleged looters were due to appear in the same court on Monday, on charges including possession of stolen goods and public violence.

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“The action of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH was to lay the foundation for this universal values that is based on clear and understandable and unambiguous rules.  It is the clearest evidence that you cannot combine public service work  with personal interests.”


Is corruption a Somali culture?

26 Jan – Source: Hiiraan Online – 866 Words

The parliament forced the Prime Minister of Somalia to annul his ministerial choices, apparently he feared the parliament may not approve it without making significant changes. There are a lots of debates of ‘why’s?’, but the underlying reason cannot be denied; it is because there is such a demand and stampede for these official positions.Consider this fact, how many honest folks are willing to trade a comfortable job in an advanced country to a job that pays less than $1000 per month with the added risk of being assassinated, blamed and still be expected to do a professional job? In addition, they are not getting an AC, hot shower, a fridge, and all the amenities they have been accustomed to! They are also going to be fighting very aggressive flies that want to eat their breakfast! Only a sincere few will be interested for such a job.

This brings me to a statement that I hear at Somali gatherings, that corruption cannot be eliminated because we have a culture of corruption. But do we really have corruption as a culture? I beg to differ. All nations derive their culture from their religious identity whether it is Islam, Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism. Somali culture’s DNA is that of Islam. We may have incorporated into our ways of doing things but the overarching framework and  reference for the Somali culture is that of Islam. Islam  is evident in our major life events such as marriage, death, birth, blood money, reconciliation or Gar Qaad.The question that arises then is, does Islam condone corruption? If we go back to the Islamic sources we find that Islam as Universal Systems has unequivocally condemned all forms of corruption.


“Khatumo and Somaliland could be helped to explore ways to work together to reverse the impact  of conflict- induced underdevelopment in Sool. It will be a win-win situation and show stakeholders that Khatumo and Somaliland leaders have the interests of people in Sool at heart.”


Somaliland- Khatumo conflict can be resolved

25 Jan – Source: Wardheer News – 800 Words

The recurrent clashes in Sool region in northern Somalia are undermining the reputation of Somaliland “Republic” as a bastion of democracy.  Its state-building model is now being proposed as a lesson for Southern Somalia in its search for  a durable state.  Neither those in favour of union nor those keen on secession will win if a political solution is not found. Within this seemingly intractable conflict lie opportunities for peace-making. Two principles will guide the peace-making effort. Principle One will be used to explore weaknesses and strengths in each side’s argument to promote self-criticism instead of self-righteousness.  Principle Two will make use of brainstorming. The aim is to challenge each side to own up to weaknesses and suggest ways to convert them into strengths.

Let us apply one of those two principles to Khatumo “State” and to Somaliland “Republic”. Khatumo was formed in 2012  as autonomous administration independent of both Puntland and Somaliland administrations. The Somali Federal Government has not officially recognised it.  Geographically, territories Khatumo “State” claims lie within what was once known as Ex-British Somaliland. Emergence of Khatumo is a vote of no confidence for the kinship-based principles on which Puntland was founded in 1998. Khatumo enjoys a massive Diaspora support and considerable local support in territories under Somaliland administration.  In reality, it is a third, well- organised political group claiming to represent the Dhulbahante clan. It is in competition for loyalty with two groups supported by Somaliland and Puntland. Hostility from Puntland  and Somaliland  towards Khatumo    deprives its leaders of  a major condition conducive to forming a local administration. In its first six years either Somaliland or Puntland did not face external, clan-based threats to its state-building efforts.

Areas under Khatumo have been attacked or taken over by Somaliland forces more than four times since 2012. Two Khatumo co-founding presidents have defected to Puntland — a continuing trend of turn-coat politicians and traditional leaders who profit from conflict. According to the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea,  Khatumo “could indirectly benefit Al-Shabaab”. The Wikipedia entry of Khatumo contains  a translation of “Khatumo State of Somalia”  into Arabic  as Wilāyat Arḍ al-Khatoum aṣ-Ṣūmāliyyah .  Wilayat  is an Arabic word used by Al-Shabaab to describe a regional administration under its control. However, Khatumo leaders have never been sympathetic to Al-Shabaab.

 

January 27, 2015 | Daily Monitoring Report.

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Al-Shabaab kidnaps farmers, pastoralists for ransom

27 Jan – Source: Garowe Online/Somali current – 181 Words

Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants have kidnapped dozens of civilians for ransom amid severe setback on the frontline and dire economic situation in a few strongholds in central and southern Somalia, Garowe Online reports. The kidnap occurred after militants in fighting vehicles poured into Goof-Gadud village which lies some 20km from Bay regional capital of Baidoa. Local official, Ahmed Mohamed Adan said that 43 people, almost all nomads and farmers are in the hands of the Al-Shabaab terrorists. “The 43 people are being held for $500 ransom, they are innocent civilians,” noted Adan, calling for their unconditional release.

He also called on Somalia Federal Government and Southwest State administration to take part in any campaign that would set the locals free. Somali militants group lost many sources of income in intense military campaign. In late 2014 UN Security Council ordered inspection of Gulf-bound ships following a concern over the illegal charcoal trade. Al Shabaab is believed to have benefited from the illicit trade, forging partnership with profiteers and allegedly selling charcoal to Mideast markets.

Key Headlines

  • President Hassan: “former ministers will be accommodated in the upcoming babinet”
  • (Radio Goobjoog)
  • Al-Shabaab kidnaps farmers pastoralists for ransom (Garowe Online/Somali current)
  • Government forces conduct an operation in Berdale (Radio Muqdisho)
  • Somali parliament warns PM over ministers’ recall (Hiraan Online/Radio RBC)
  • Measles kills 34 in Middle Shabelle (Radio Ergo)
  • Progress made on construction of Bosaso airport runway (Horseed Media)
  • Qatar Red Crescent to extend charity mission to Somalia (The Peninsula)
  • Allied forces drive Al-Shabaab from Bakol villages (Sabahi Online)
  • Somalia shows signs of recovery and optimism after decades of turmoil (ITV)
  • Somalis begin 3862 km journey home from Swaziland by foot (Hiraan Online/The Observer)
  • MP says Somalis lead to fewer pubs in part of Bristol (ITV)

SOMALI MEDIA

President Hassan: “former ministers will be accommodated in the upcoming cabinet”

27 Jan – Source: Radio Goobjoog – 150 Words

The president of federal government of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud addressing the media applauded the government security forces and the public for the role they played during Erdogan’s visit while he apologized for any inconvenience caused by the operations launched by the security forces. The president talked about the political situations of the country and the forthcoming cabinet of Prime Minster Omar Abdirashid.

President Hassan emphasized that the prime minister would form competent government based on 4.5 clan quota,  adding that it would be satisfactory to all different parties of Somali people.  “I informed the public through the media that the forthcoming government will be inclusive one which will include all parties” he said. The president also underlined that some of the former ministers would be included the list of the new cabinet. This comes after two Somalis parliamentary caucuses warned the prime minister against re-appoint of former ministers.


Al Shabaab kidnaps farmers, pastoralists for ransom

27 Jan – Source: Garowe Online/Somali current – 181 Words

Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militants have kidnapped dozens of civilians for ransom amid severe setback on the frontline and dire economic situation in a few strongholds in central and southern Somalia, Garowe Online reports. The kidnap occurred after militants in fighting vehicles poured into Goof-Gadud village which lies some 20km from Bay regional capital of Baidoa. Local official, Ahmed Mohamed Adan said that 43 people, almost all nomads and farmers are in the hands of the Al-Shabaab terrorists. “The 43 people are being held for $500 ransom, they are innocent civilians,” noted Adan, calling for their unconditional release.

He also called on Somalia Federal Government and Southwest State administration to take part in any campaign that would set the locals free. Somali militants group lost many sources of income in intense military campaign. In late 2014 UN Security Council ordered inspection of Gulf-bound ships following a concern over the illegal charcoal trade. Al Shabaab is believed to have benefited from the illicit trade, forging partnership with profiteers and allegedly selling charcoal to Mideast markets.


Government forces conduct an operation in Berdale

27 Jan – Source: Radio Muqdisho – 96 Words

Somali National Army has carried out an operation in some areas under Berdale district in Bay region in order to ensure the security of the residents and traffic safety. Mohamed Isak Hassan, District Commissioner of Berdale told Radio Mogadishu the security forces conducted the operation into Gel-gel and Bulo-Hawo neighborhoods close to the district. Pro Al-Shabaab militias who were menacing the residents in those areas were attacked and similar operation occurred at Owdinle, a village leading to Berdale district and Baidoa town itself. Some suspects were arrested during the operation according to the police officials there.


Somali parliament warns PM over ministers’ recall

26 Jan – Source: Hiraan Online/Radio RBC – 156 Words

In a meeting at Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu today, two parliamentary committees in the parliament warned Somalia’s prime minister against reinstating certain ministers who served in his predecessor’s government, accusing them of creating recurring political wrangling between the president and his former prime minister. The development comes following the Somali prime minister’s recent decision of withdrawing his previous cabinet line-ups that saw him reinstating some ministers from his predecessor’s government after the majority of the country’s legislators expressed their outrage towards his decision.

Most of the dissolved cabinet members were close allies of the president. In a statement issued after their meeting, the 90-member committees affirmed their willingness to have political novices whom they said can be eligible for their designated positions. Political analysts believe that the parliament’s new political front represents a major challenge to the prime minister’s new political agenda which faces mounting challenges before he appointed his new cabinet again.


Measles kills 34 in Middle Shabelle

26 Jan – Source:Radio Ergo  -214  Words

Local officials say that 34 people, mostly children, have died in an outbreak of measles in villages near Mahadday and Bal’ad in Middle Shabelle.Twenty nine of the dead were children, while five were elderly persons. Thirty of the deaths occurred in Shidle-bari and Kulmisweyne villages near Mahadday while the rest were in Jame’o near Bal’ad.

Kulmisweyne village chief, Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, said families had been unable to get the sick to the nearest medical facility in Jowhar, 25 km away, because of insecurity caused by ongoing clan clashes. People opted to stay in their villages and use traditional herbal medicine as treatment.“We recognized it was measles because of symptoms like abdominal pain, followed by diarrhoea and skin rashes. We treat it with dik dik soup and medicine from the Mareer tree species,” said Mohamed.

Another 120 people in the area are reported to be infected.Ibrahim Abdulkadir Hussein, the region’s health coordinator, told Radio Ergo measles broke out in Bal’ad and Mahadday at the end of December 2014. He said the fight against it had been slow, as health agencies could not access the affected areas due to insecurity.However, he said they were planning to dispatch measles vaccines to safe areas in the region to prevent the disease from spreading further.


Progress made on construction of Bosaso airport runway

26 Jan – Source: Horseed Media – 251 Words

Puntland President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali ‘’Gaas’’ along with Minister of Aviation and airports Hassan Adde, Deputy Finance Minister and several engineers visited and inspected ongoing work on the Bosaso airport during his working visit to the commercial hub of the semi-autonomous region. Since the groundbreaking ceremony for the upgrade works last month, progress has been made on the construction of the new runway. Aviation Minister Hassan Adde reported to the president that all of the planned work on the construction and reconstruction of the airport’s facilities were going according to schedule.

The engineers in charge of the project, in turn, noted that Bosaso airport would be one of the best in the country. According to officials from the President’s office, they said that the President was satisfied with the works thus far and left encouraging messages for the engineers. After reconstruction work is completed, the runway will be over 2.60 kilometers long. The project is undertaken by China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC). According to government and company officials, the new runway will be operational before the end of this year. Upon completion of the construction, the airport is expected to attract many Airline companies and resume their daily local and international flights.

REGIONAL MEDIA

Qatar Red Crescent  to extend charity mission to Somalia

26 Jan – Source: Thepeninsulaqatar.com – 397 Words

Qatar Red Crescent signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) to further relief, development and capacity building activities.The MoU will enhance cooperation and coordination in relation to QRC’s humanitarian activities in favour of the drought- and typhoon-affected communities throughout Somalia, particularly in health, water, capacity-building, and community resilience, according to a release from QRC.

A delegation of SRCS visited QRC premises, including Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, SRCS President, Dr Youssef Hassan Mohamed, SRCS Vice-President, Ahmed Bakal, SRCS Coordinator in Somaliland, and Mohamed Ahmed Adli, SRCS Coordinator in Mogadishu, Somalia.On the QRC’s side, the pact was signed by the Secretary-General, Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi, in the presence of the Director of Administrative Affairs and Human Resources, Nayef bin Faisal Al Mohannadi, and Head of QRC’s Office in Somalia, Dr Zuhair Abdel-Qader.

“This MoU is an extension of QRC’s work in Somalia, in light of its message as an international humanitarian organisation that is an auxiliary to Qatar in its humanitarian efforts locally and internationally, striving to protect human dignity at times of disasters or armed conflicts, in compliance with the principles and rules defined by the Geneva Conventions, the Rules and Procedures of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and the relevant national and international laws and regulations,” said QRC’s Al Mohannadi.


Allied forces drive al-Shabaab from Bakol villages

26 Jan – Source: Sabahi Online – 97 Words

Somali forces backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops on Friday (January 23rd) freed three villages in Bakol region from al-Shabaab’s control, Somalia’s Garowe Online reported.The allied forces took control of Bulo Jadid, Bulo Yusuf and El Jarmed without encountering much resistance from the militant group, according to Tiyeglow District Commissioner Mohamed Abdulle Hassan.”The government will return the situation of liberated areas to normal,” Hassan said.Al-Shabaab has maintained a blockade on the villages in the recent past.On January 6th, Somali forces took control of Abag Hedey, outside Bakol’s capital of Hudur.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Somalia shows signs of recovery and optimism after decades of turmoil

27 Jan – Source: ITV –  437 Words

For almost 25 years, Somalia has been a byword for the ultimate failed state; a country where there were no national governing institutions which could ordinary Somalis even the most basic sense of daily security.Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled, from the rural farmers to the educated middle classes from cities with the latter escaping in droves to the UK, Scandinavia, North America and Europe.

I’ve just returned from the capital Mogadishu, the city where I was born. The last time I saw the devastated city when I had just turned 13 on a family holiday just a few years before the civil war broke out. I remember it as a sun-kissed, carefree city with mile upon mile of white sandy beaches with the warm crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean lapping on its shores. As I walked back through its many districts, building after building riddled with the scars of years of war, I was struck by how this city and this country is now showing signs of real recovery and optimism.

Only a year ago, vast swathes of Mogadishu were held by the militant Islamist group, al-Shabaab.Yet today, neighborhoods throughout the city are bustling with normal life. Restaurants, markets, shops and stores are filled with people trading, shopping and taking in the sights.Scan the horizon of the city and you are struck by the apartment blocks, offices and shopping malls being built. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is the first civilian to be elected in a free and fair election to lead the Somali Federal government for 45 years. He didn’t flee and stayed throughout the civil war. He says that with the backing of the international community and African peacekeepers, as well the killing of the leader of al-Shabaab in a US led airstrike in September 2014, the militant groups is on the backfoot with many leaders taking advantage of a government amnesty to surrender.


Somalis begin 3,862 km journey home from Swaziland by foot

27 Jan – Source: Hiraan Online/The Observer – 673 Words

Following their alleged unresolved grievances against the ministry of home affairs, Somali nationals, who have been at loggerheads with government, have since resolved to return to their war-torn country by foot.At least seven Somali asylum seekers have recently been making headlines in local newspapers after they complained of living conditions at Malindza Refugee Camp which they termed as ‘inhuman’.

They complained of being starved and made to work in the fields situated at the camp without being given anything in return. The Somalis were also reported to be eating grass and tree leaves as they claimed that they were not given anything to eat at the camp.In a bid to address their situation, the Somalis also visited the ministry of home affairs to seek audience with the principal secretary in the ministry, Anthony Masilela and other officials.Upon meeting with the PS and the officials, the Somalis are said to have asked the ministry to assist them in going back to their home country, stating that they could not take any more of the hardship they faced at the camp.

They have since resolved to go to their country and they started the over 3 862 journey to Somalia by foot last night. They left for the Lomahasha border gate by foot.The Somalis are said to have also made their intention to leave the country known to the administration of the camp. Led by one Mowlid Omer Warsame, they were found already on the road at around 10:30am.Interviewed briefly, Warsame said they had since decided to walk back to their country following the harsh living conditions they were going through at the camp.Warsame said the living conditions were unbearable to the extent that they found it better to go and die in the war front in their home country than in a foreign land.


MP says Somalis lead to fewer pubs in part of Bristol

26 Jan – Source: ITV – 339 Words

Pubs in parts of a city have closed as a result of the arrival of Somali immigrants, communities minister Stephen Williams has said.The Liberal Democrat frontbencher made the remark as he explained the Government’s proposal to change the law to prevent establishments which have been listed as assets of community value being demolished or having their use changed without planning permission.

It comes after comments made in December by Tory peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, who said the growing Muslim population was one of the main reasons for pubs closing.Today in the Commons, Labour’s Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) described the process set out by the minister as “incredibly convoluted” and asked: “Why not just give the planning protections in the first place and allow the local authority to decide through the planning process whether the pub should be saved for the future or not?”

But Mr Williams (Bristol West) said “blanket protection” of every single pub in the country would mean protecting those no longer enjoying the patronage of the local community for a range of reasons such as the arrival of immigrants. He added:”In my own constituency, lots of pubs have closed but it is usually because of demographic change. Particularly in some parts of my constituency, which used to have ‘a white working class community’ 20 or 30 years ago are now populated primarily by recently-arrived Somalis and other people.

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“In this day and age, the best way to run a nation is to go with the public wind. And this requires an astute understanding of the mood of those led. It is, therefore, well advised that the old tactics of power politics may not be relevant to today’s information age.”


Somalis unfaithful in 2016 popular elections

26 Jan – Source: Radio RBC – 714 Words

The era of political mystery in which kings distort the public perception through smokescreen and manipulate the world opinion is long gone. The era of co-rule and e-governance replaced it. Love it or hate, the future is global. In fact, with the adamant of the internet and technology, people around the world can now see what the leaders’ breakfast on the table contains. And in my view, nothing explains this better than the Arab Rage that led to the coups in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt and Libya. Leaders of these countries bought the illusion that the public can still be lied to. But with the tweet of a single video of a burning youngster, people of these countries dared to write wrong on all those sweet speeches uttered by their leaders. This is the essence of how the public co-rules in the 21st century.

Now, is it better to rule with truth or with deception in Somalia? No, this is not a fair question. A straightforward question could be this: is Villa Somalia lying about the projected elections in 2016? The following facts, give us the answer. A poll I conducted on the perception of Somalis via Facebook found that popular elections in Somalia in 2016 are unlikely. I have run a Facebook-based survey last week, and about 600 Somali Facebook users around the world responded. The survey presented respondents with three carefully worded, and in Somali language, questions that orderly led from one choice to another. The first question asked participants whether a popular election in Somalia in 2016 is possible. This question begged for a yes-or-no answer. An astonishing number (74% of the respondents) expressed no hope for a fair and democratic elections in this war-torn country. Only 26% of the total respondents answered yes.

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@OrinLevine  Health care works like Noora in Somalia are the heroes of the global vaccine efforts #vaccineswork

@timothylarge  RT @bbcmediaaction Find out why our romantic story line has been raising heart rates in #Somalia:@stability_fund http://dlvr.it/8G6Zhh

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SRCC Maman Sidikou meets Nic Hailey, Director,Africa, Foreign & Commonwealth Office at margins of 24th AU Summit.

Photo: AMISOM