Thursday 17 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/17)
Mohamed Noor was celebrated when he became a Minneapolis police officer 21 months ago, joining a handful of other Somalis on the police force in a city with one of the United States' largest Somali communities. Now he is now under investigation in fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an Australian woman who had made Minneapolis her home and who was killed by a single gunshot wound to the abdomen that state law enforcement officials say was fired by Noor. Noor, 31, still has supporters after the shooting of Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in her neighborhood on Saturday. But some are worried about a backlash in the Somali community, while one former politician had...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the tournament will continue to be held every two years and exclusively on African soil. The decision to increase the number of teams mirrors a similar one taken by UEFA to expand the European Championship, with 24 nations taking part at...
(Daily Nation 07/20/17)
The Kenya Defence Forces says it has killed a senior Al-Shabaab commander. Hassan Issack Ibrahim alias Beila, who was in charge of Gelef area in Somalia was killed together with two bodyguards during an operation jointly carried out with Jubaland security forces, said the KDF. Hassan is believed to have been the force behind the hijacking of miraa vehicles on the Kenya-Somalia border at Diff, Hamey and Dhobley. He is also said to have led a number of attacks on police posts. An AK-47 rifle, a grenade and a mobile phone were found on the commander’s body, which was displayed to the public in Dhobley town on Wednesday. At the same time, there are reports of Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/17)
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's major central banks are entering an easing cycle as they try to stimulate growth after months of drought, austerity drives and confidence issues across the continent, a Reuters poll found on Thursday. Much of southern and eastern Africa is still recovering after an El Niño-related drought wilted crops last year. Poor business confidence in South Africa and foreign exchange restrictions in Nigeria have also hampered growth. "We expect that African monetary policy is entering a widespread and protracted period of policy easing. This will provide a boost to growth," said John Ashbourne, Africa analyst at Capital Economics. Ghana, which agreed a three-year fiscal discipline deal with the International Monetary Fund in exchange for aid in 2015,...
(The Associated Press 07/19/17)
Internet providers attributed the nation-wide outage to a commercial ship that they said cut an undersea cable. Somalia’s internet has returned after an outage of more than three weeks cost the Horn of Africa nation about $10m a day. Hormuud Telecom, the country’s largest telecom company, announced the restoration of service in a message to subscribers. The loss of internet service sparked anger across Somalia and affected the central and southern parts of the country including the capital, Mogadishu. The government called it a “major disaster.” Officials and internet providers attributed the problem to a commercial ship that they said cut an undersea cable.
(Xinhuanet 07/19/17)
The UN migration agency said Wednesday it facilitated the return of 316 Somalis back home from Yemen in the past four days after nearly a five-month ordeal. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said a smugglers boat, carrying over 150 Somalis hoping to reach Europe, headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen in February. The IOM said the boat had originated in Somalia and docked once in the South of Yemen but a few kilometers from Yemen's Al Hudaydah port, the boat was hit, killing 40 persons and severely injuring another 13. "IOM moved almost 100 Somali survivors of this boat tragedy, who were fit to travel, from Al Hudaydah to Sana'a, Yemen's capital. They...
(Bloomberg 07/19/17)
Vodacom Group Ltd. sees the expansion of mobile-banking services into new markets in sub-Saharan Africa as a top priority following a shareholder vote to rubber stamp its purchase of a 35 percent stake in Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company. “We will use Safaricom to enter other markets where neither Vodacom nor Safaricom are,” Chief Executive Officer Shameel Joosub said in an interview at the wireless carrier’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The two businesses have a combined 30 million mobile-banking customers, giving them “a very sizeable platform on the continent,” he said. Vodacom’s purchase of the Safaricom stake from U.K. parent company Vodafone Group Plc gives the South African company access to the fast-growing M-Pesa platform, which processed...
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
Somalia’s government has approved a monthly retirement income of $40,000 for former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The cabinet gave its approval last week after a meeting over the retirement package of the former president who is currently living in Tanzania. The amount is expected to cover security, living and travel expenses as well provision for family members, local media report. Minister of Information Abdirahman Osman disclosed the decisions taken after the cabinet meeting on his Facebook page which includes the approval of an amended media law and new laws against terrorism. Former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s approved income and other cabinet decisions have been forwarded to Parliament
(Voice of America 07/18/17)
Somalia has internet service again, after a 23-day outage that cost the country's fledgling economy tens of millions of dollars. Abdi Anshur, Somalia's minister for posts and telecommunications, told reporters in Mogadishu Monday that the internet link which went down on June 24 has been fixed. “Following efforts by Somali government and the company that provided the service, we have succeeded to restore the connection,” said the minister. The connection was cut when a ship severed an undersea fiber optic cable connecting Somalia to global data networks.
(AfricaNews 07/18/17)
Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian agency, KSRelief has repatriated a hundred Somalis from Yemen who are trapped in the midst of the ongoing conflict. The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the repatriation was conducted last Thursday with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Somali consulate in Yemen. So far, about a 1,072 Somalis have been repatriated out of the 2,500 estimated to be trapped in Yemen, the director of KSRelief, Salih Al-Zubiani said. He added that the rest will be repatriated in phases. Somalis refugees were the majority in Yemen since the early 1990s ahead of the conflict in the Arab country. The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR says 255,000 Somalis were in the country and at...
(Xinhuanet 07/18/17)
State Parliament in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland voted Tuesday to dismiss the cabinet weeks after the region was flooded with fake currency notes leading to closure of business and demonstrations by traders. In a vote of no confidence motion Tuesday, 47 legislators voted to dissolve the cabinet while only one voted against it. Nine others abstained from the vote which now forces state president Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gas to reconstitute a new cabinet. The motion comes weeks after reports of mass circulation of fake Somali shilling notes in many parts of Puntland leading to high inflation rates. Gas administration authorized printing of counterfeit Somali notes last year to pay salaries for soldiers who have mutinied on several occasions over...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as he packed up leftovers at a training event for people who work with refugees, where he had served a menu which included traditional African dishes. "I talk to my family frequently, ask them their needs, and help...
(AFP (eng) 07/17/17)
A severed marine cable has left Somalia without internet for weeks, triggering losses for businesses, residents said, and adding a layer of chaos in a country where Islamist insurgents are carrying out a campaign of bombings and killings. Abdi Anshuur, Somalia's minister for posts and telecommunications, told state radio that internet to the Horn of Africa state went down a month ago after a ship cut an undersea cable connecting it to global data networks. Businesses have had to close or improvise to remain open and university students told Reuters their educational courses had been disrupted. Anshuur said the outage was costing Somalia the equivalent of about $10 million in economic output. "The night internet went off marked the end...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
The UN and Somalia government have launched an extensive program to train over 350 judicial officers countrywide as part of efforts to rebuild the country's justice sector. David Akopyan, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Somalia, said delivery of justice was critical to ensuring good governance, strengthening the rule of law and establishing order. "The UNDP is here to help the country to get on its own feet; and to start developing its own systems," Akopyan said in a statement from the UN mission in Somalia (UNSOM) released on Monday. "We want Somali politics, justice, security and jobs; employment and economic opportunities to be inclusive. This is the key message of inclusiveness from UNDP; and we are here to make this...
(APA 07/17/17)
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday adopted a regional biodiversity protocol and related strategies at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Executive Secretary of IGAD Mahboub Maalim said the protocol would help to mobilize resources and create much more cooperation on the issue of ecosystem development in the region. IGAD ministers of environment approved the protocol on biodiversity management, which the Maalim described as a milestone achievement. According to Maalim, regional economic integration in the Horn of Africa could be realized through prudent management of natural resources and trans-boundary ecosystems. Recently, Ethiopia and Kenya launched a cross-border program which is the first of its kind. “We are building on that high-level political support to...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/17)
Africa is making progress towards the establishment of a trade zone by Oct. 30 that will cover approximately half of the continent's member states. The Common Market for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Director of Trade and Customs, Francis Mangeni, said in a commentary published in the Star Newspaper on Monday that so far 19 of the 26 countries involved have signed the agreement. "Three outstanding annexes had meant the tripartite agreement was not complete and this was advanced by some countries as the reason they could not sign or ratify the agreement. However their adoption represented a milestone in the negotiation, as it removed the last obstacle to signing and ratifying the agreement," Mangeni said. The tripartite free...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Five countries in East Africa face dire food insecurity after a third poor rainy season in a row, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Areas in five countries - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall. "The current phenomenon encompasses an area of about 1 million square kilometers, which is roughly twice the size of France," FAO economist Alessandro Costantino told VOA's Africa division. The extended drought along with a pest called an armyworm has drastically reduced crop yields, leaving millions in East Africa without
(AfricaNews 07/13/17)
At least three people were killed and 7 injured at a checkpoint near Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Wednesday night. According to Somali ambulance service Aamin, the three dead victims were male and only one female among the injured. Local media reports say a truck filled with explosives went off at the checkpoint on the highway linking Mogadishu and Afgoye. This attack is the first this month after more than 10 people were killed and 20 others injured in a similar blast in Mogadishu in June. Al Shabaab claimed responsibilty for the attack. A week before that, al Shabaab militants carried out an overnight siege on a popular restaurant
(Middle East Monitor 07/13/17)
Somali school teachers were arrested for holding a meeting with Al-Shabaab representatives to influence the private education system, the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust reported. The teachers were willing to incorporate Al-Shabaab’s ideological influence in the school curriculum, at a school that holds 1,000 students aged seven to 15 years old. Police arrested the teachers in the Hir-Shabelle region, near the town of Jowhar, the Information Minister Mahad Hassan Osman stated. No reports were found on whether Al-Shabaab members were arrested. An investigation is planned to go ahead on the incident, which will be followed by a court case. Al-Shabaab is a non-state armed group seeking to overthrow the government and implement a strict version of Islamic law across Somalia.
(Shabelle News 07/13/17)
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has opened the second parliamentary plenary session of the Upper House of the Somali Federal Parliament. In his constitutional address, the president called upon the two houses of parliament to cooperate in the ongoing process of reviewing Somalia’s provisional constitution. “The two chambers of the federal parliament must cooperate in the important duty of the process of reviewing our provisional constitution”. President Farmaajo urged members of the upper house to take the lead in ensuring delivery of services aimed at achieving development goals and plans. “You must ensure in all you do that it should only be in the interest of the nation, and avoid personal, groups or clan interests…” The president in his address underscored...

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