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(Reuters (Eng) 07/20/13)
(Reuters) - The African Union will form a new 3,600-strong peacekeeping mission for Central African Republic (CAR) to step up efforts to stabilize the fractious country, officials said on Friday. Admore Kambudzi, secretary of the AU's Peace and Security Council, said an existing regional peacekeeping mission known as MICOPAX would be rolled into the larger new force from August. He said its mandate would be to protect civilians and help stabilize the country and restore the central government in the former French colony, which is rich in gold and diamonds. Central African Republic, a nation of 4.5 million at the heart of the continent, has suffered decades of instability. Seleka rebels toppled the president in March, causing chaos and a...
(Washington Post 07/19/13)
MADRID — Two Spanish aid workers for Doctors Without Borders who were kidnapped in Kenya by Somali militants and held hostage for nearly two years arrived home Friday, the group said. Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut were met by relatives after their arrival at an air base in Madrid, it said. Somali militants kidnapped them from the Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya in Oct. 2011 and shot and wounded their Kenyan driver. Demonstrators hold trays with bites decorated with small portraits of the government members during a protest in front of the delegation of the Spanish government in Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday July 18, 2013. Spain’s prime minister brushed off demands he should resign after text messages emerged...
(Horseed Media 07/19/13)
The Somali prime Minister, his excellency Abdi Farah Shirdoon invited Journalists, union leaders and media representatives at a dinner on Thursday evening, 18 July, 2013 on face to face talk meant to hear the concerns of the Somali media community in general and especially toward the draft media law, among others. The prime minister is accompanied by the minister of Information, posts, Telecommunication and transport, Abdullaahi Ciilmooge Hersi and his deputy, Abdishakur Ali Mire and members of the media department of the office of the Somali Prime Minister. The dinner, which was organized by the Media department of the office of the Somali prime minister, follows after the council of ministers recently approved a draft media law. Though, the draft...
(Daily Nation 07/19/13)
Illicit trade in charcoal facilitated by Kenyan troops in Kismayu, Somalia is producing significant revenues for the al-Shabaab, a team of United Nations monitors say in a report published on Wednesday. Along with its local allies and in collaboration with al-Shabaab militants, the KDF has been exporting charcoal from the port of Kismayu for the past several months "in flagrant violation of the Security Council ban," the report says. Kenyan forces' involvement in the charcoal trade began soon after the KDF drove Shabaab out of Kismayu last September, according to the UN experts. Working in cooperation with Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam “Madobe” and his Ras Kamboni militia, the KDF has helped export about one million sacks of charcoal per month,...
(Mareeg 07/19/13)
Mareeeg.com-The July 2013 UN Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (UNSEMG) report contains false and damaging allegations against the Heritage Institute for Policy Studies (HIPS), and its director, Abdi Aynte. The allegations are made without evidence. At no point was HIPS contacted by the UNSEMG to comment on the allegations. Such false allegations undermine the validity of the report and the UN's commitment to transparency, accountability, and integrity.This response addresses each of the false allegations aimed at HIPS and its director, Abdi Aynte.Allegation 1: The report alleges that Mr. Aynte was one of two “important carriers of cash donations from Qatar” to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud during his election campaign. This is categorically untrue. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Mr. Aynte...
(Shabelle News 07/19/13)
The African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) expresses deep concern over the draft media law passed in Somalia on 11 July 2013 by the Council of Ministers. According to the National Union of Somalia Journalists (NUSOJ), the new media law which is expected to replace the December 2007 media law contains several provisions which are vague and lack clarity. Additionally, the new law regulates all media outlets, electronic and print, and runs against international standards on media freedom. Furthermore, the new legislation fails to promote press freedom and to mediate disputes objectively. ITUC-Africa is gravely concerned that this law which restricts journalists’ and citizens’ rights to freedom of information can be used to silence critical media...
(Sabahi 07/19/13)
A report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea released Wednesday (July 17th) paints a grim picture of the political, security and human rights situation in Somalia. Despite the end of the Transitional Federal Government and the election of Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in September 2012, the UN report asserts that corruption and misappropriation of public resources persists, particularly in regard to donor funds deposited in the Central Bank. "On average, at least 80% of withdrawals from the Central Bank are made for private purposes and not for the running of government, representing a patronage system and a set of social relations that defy the institutionalization of the state," the report said. Violations also persist in...
(New Vision 07/19/13)
As I wrote this, I was seated just near Mogadishu International Airport where the AMISOM base camp is located. My latest trip to Mogadishu had finally started at 9:00am after a rather long wait on July 16. I had last been to Somalia on my last tour of duty in July 2012. So, this was exactly one year since I had left the Horn of Africa country. The landing was smooth but the flight was quite noisy. This is a cargo plane that UPDF uses to supply the troops. With wires hanging in its ceiling, the plane reminds me that the UN has not acted fast on providing an administration plane despite incessant calls to provide one. By this, I...
(Mareeg 07/19/13)
Mogadishu-(Mareeeg.com)- Abdi Nur Siyad is one of the two Somalis named in the latest annual report by the U.N monitoring group. The report accuses Abdi Nur and Mohamed Weli as individual spoilers who acted as political agents for Eriterian government. However Mr. Abdi Nur denied the accusations and termed the report as a false report with no clues or clear evidence. Mr. Abdi added that he has never had a relationship with the Eritrean government and has never even set a stepped in the soil of that country. “Those who wrote the report have other things in their mind, and are there to spoil my name in public’’ said Abdi Nur .. Asked about what he meant by other things,...
(Voice of America 07/19/13)
A United Nations report says Somalia remains wracked by corruption and internal unrest despite installation of a new central government last year. The report, written by the U.N. Monitoring Group for Somalia and Eritrea, says 80 percent of withdrawals from the government's Central Bank are made for private purposes and not for the running of government. It says the withdrawals represent "patronage" and "a set of social relations that defy" Somali state institutions. The report also highlights what the authors call "spoiler networks" of clans and individuals that fight efforts to extend Somali government authority. It says Eritrea supports one of these networks and has direct relations with key political figures who act as agents for Asmara's influence. Eritrea has...
(AFP (eng) 07/19/13)
Ethiopian troops who entered Somalia in November 2011 to help fight Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents have begun their withdrawal from the key central city of Baidoa, the foreign ministry said Thursday. "Ethiopia's troops are pulling out of Baidoa and AMISOM will be taking over," foreign affairs ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told AFP, referring to the African Union force in Somalia. Ethiopia has for several months said it plans to hand over control of the city to AMISOM, whose 17,700-strong force is backing Mogadishu's weak central government. Ethiopian troops captured Baidoa from the extremists last year, and AU troops later joined them. "There is a firm schedule for Ethiopian troops to gradually withdraw from all of its operations this year on...
(AFP (eng) 07/18/13)
Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped almost two years ago in Kenya and then held in Somalia have been freed, their employer Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Thursday. Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut, 40 and 30 respectively at the time of their kidnapping from the Dadaab refugee complex near the border with Somalia in October 2011, are both "safe and healthy", MSF said. "Both are safe and healthy and keen to join their loved ones as soon as possible," the medical charity said, without disclosing when they were released or how. MSF said it would give no further details before a press conference scheduled in Madrid on Friday. "Once again, MSF strongly condemns this attack on humanitarian workers who were in...
(Shabelle News 07/18/13)
Mombasa, The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in collaboration with its partners has today started a meeting on information sharing in Mombasa, Kenya. The objective of the meeting is to set in motion and sustain a process of regular exchange of information and intelligence between AMISOM, the Somali security agencies and all relevant regional and continental structures. The three-day meeting will be attended by the Somali National Security Agencies (Army, Police and National Intelligence Agency); the troops and police contributing countries; representatives from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Mali, Chad, IGAD, the African Union , the African Center for the Research and Study on Terrorism (ACRST) and the Center for Intelligence and Security Services in Africa (CISSA). Speaking during the opening...
(BBC News Africa 07/18/13)
Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped in Kenya nearly two years ago and held over the border in Somali have been freed, their employer has said. Medecins Sans Frontieres said the two women were both "safe and healthy and keen to join their loved ones". Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut were abducted from Dadaab refugee camp in October 2011. Following their abduction and those of other hostages, Kenya sent troops into Somalia to battle Islamist militants. In a statement, MSF said it was with great relief that the organisation was able to confirm the women's release. "MSF wishes to thank everyone involved in securing their safe release," it said, without giving further details about how they were freed. "As we are...
(Garowe online 07/18/13)
Baidoa, (Garowe Online)-Armed confrontation in Bay regional capital of Baidoa left several casualties when around three persons including the Deputy Mayor of Baidoa district were injured in a shootout between Somali Federal government soldiers and the security guards of Baidoa’s Deputy Mayor, Garowe Online reports. Eyewitnesses in Baidoa told the media that the armed confrontation was intense and interrupted the movement of people and businesses “The confrontation caused the injury of several persons from both sides, it began when the Somali government soldiers quarreled with contractors rehabilitating Baidoa livestock market,” an eyewitness said. Reliable sources in Baidoa told Garowe Online that the Deputy Mayor of Baidoa Mohamed Hassan is in critical condition and it is expected to be flown him...
(Sabahi 07/18/13)
Mogadishu — Consumers are demanding that merchants at Mogadishu markets lower their prices on basic food items so that poor people can feed their families during Ramadan. "We ask our brothers who sell goods to have compassion for people who are poor and bring down the cost of essential foods during Ramadan," said Wabari district resident Aadan Hussein. As responsible citizens, merchants must be responsive to the public outcry and do something to mitigate the sudden increase in food prices that many families cannot bear, said the 48-year-old father of seven children. Prices for staples such as rice, flour, pasta, sugar and cooking oil -- as well as for other traditional Ramadan-time meal ingredients like dates, fruits, vegetables, meat and...
(Garowe online 07/18/13)
Mogadishu — Mortar shells hit Mogadishu's Digfer Hospital as mortars were fired from nearby built up area on Tuesday night, Garowe Online reports. No one was killed or injured by the mortar attack but independent sources in Mogadishu confirmed Garowe Online that mortar shells fell on the hospital left some parts of the hospital walls wrecked. Digfer General Hospital, a public facility and funded by Turkish government has been under construction for the last four months and looks forward to become operational in the coming two months. it was one of the biggest public hospitals in Mogadishu but it has not been used for more than a decade and once housed internationally displaced families. On 14 July, Somali President Hassan...
(Horseed Media 07/18/13)
On Sunday, at least 5 people have been killed and more than 10 wounded in ongoing fighting between residents and government forces in the Puntland city of Gardo (Qardho). The fighting began when heavily armed military convoy transporting the ballot boxes reached the town. Hundreds of local residents demonstrated near the police station were the ballot boxes were brought. The Puntland forces opened fire on the crowd, killing one person and wounding three more. The civilians armed themselves and they retaliated by attacking the police headquarter. “…the heavily armed military sent from Garowe intentional opened fire on the unarmed civilians, this is orchestrated by the government to deliberately target the civilians during the holy month of the Ramadan, in order...
(Business Day 07/18/13)
NEW YORK — Western commercial oil exploration in disputed areas of Somalia and discrepancies over which authorities can issue licences to companies could spark further conflict,United Nations (UN) monitors warned in a confidential report.In the UN monitoring group’s latest annual report to the Security Council sanctions committee on Somalia and Eritrea, the experts said the Somali constitution gives considerable autonomy to regional governments to enter into commercial oil deals.But a petroleum law, which has not yet been adopted by the country’s parliament but is being invoked by federal officials in the capital Mogadishu, says that the central government can distribute natural resources."These inconsistencies, unless resolved, may lead to increased conflict between federal and regional governments that risk exacerbating clan divisions...
(The Citizen 07/18/13)
Dar es Salaam/Johannesburg. Well-wishers worldwide will today toast South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, and wish him a happy 95th birthday. The anti-apartheid hero has been clinging to life for more than a month and this has given rise to a growing belief that he is fighting his last battle and the world should prepare for the inevitable. South Africans and fans of Africa’s most charismatic leader have been praying that the legendary Mandela crosses yet another milestone but his stay in hospital has been clouded with anxiety and his admirers worldwide are holding their breath in the hope that he makes it past this birthday. Reports from South Africa say his family, the African National Congress (ANC) and...

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