Sunday 17 December 2017
(The Associated Press 07/04/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- At least 71 people have been killed and more than 300 wounded in ongoing fighting between rival militias in the Somali city of Kismayo, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The clashes in the southern port city have displaced many and "continues to have a profound impact on civilians and humanitarian aid work" in the region, the United Nations health agency said. Many of the victims suffered fractures, head and chest injuries. Nearly 40 patients had to be operated on, according to WHO. Kismayo is currently the scene of intense, sporadic battles as rival militias fight for control of the strategic city. Somalia's central government accuses Kenyan troops stationed in Kismayo of backing one militia against others...
(Suna Times 07/03/13)
The president of the Somali Federal government Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has on Tuesday received credential from the new Britain ambassador to Somalia. Ambassador Neil Wigan, Britain’s new ambassador to Somalia has today handed over his credential to the Somali premier.After receiving the credential, Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has praised the Britain government for its commitment in Somali peace process, stating that Britain one of the leading donors for the war-torn horn of Africa nation. The new ambassador who will replace the outgoing Matt Bough has also presented a message from the Britain Prime Minister David Cameroon to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. The Somali foreign affairs minister, who is also the deputy Prime Minister Fowzia Hajji Aden also attended the...
(Shabelle News 07/03/13)
SKA International Group is first international logistics company to have established a major contract to manage Aden Abdulle International Airport, Mogadishu, in 2010. Since then, SKA has been working hard to build the capacity of the Airport, and currently employ over 150 Somali people in full time work. Today, SKA International Group made even more improvements to Aden Abdulle International Airport, by providing a newly imported 500 KVa generator. Due to the recent improvements made by SKA all over the airport, increasing check-in space for more flights, increasing departure hall space to accommodate more passengers, installation of 3 new X-Ray machines and adding a new training facility to increase the capability of all Somali nationals working at the airport, there...
(Shabelle News 07/03/13)
Three Somalis are on trial for piracy in Norfolk, Virginia, the home of the US Navy’s Atlantic fleet. Abukar Osman Beyle sat in a federal courtroom in Norfolk on a recent summer morning. The place was quiet, except for a jingle of keys and jewellery as men and women, all potential jurors, filed through a doorway. Beyle, 22, is on trial with two other men, Ahmed Muse Salad and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, for piracy and murder. At one point, Beyle looked back at the potential jurors in the room. If found guilty of piracy, Beyle and the other Somalis could be sentenced to death, under piracy laws introduced in 1819. Murder is also a capital offence in Virginia. The...
(Suna Times 07/03/13)
Somali Federal government has once again repeated to welcome members detecting from Al-Shabaab militant who have denounced the militant group. In an interview with Sunatimes, Somali Federal government’s head of rehabilitation centre for defectors Sheikh Mohamed Farah Ali Al-Azhari has urged young men fighting alongside Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab to come and take advantage of the government’s offer of forgiving defected members from the outlawed group. Al-Azhari stated that about 1,600 young men who previously defected from Al-Shabaab are now in various rehabilitations centers in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, enjoying a better life and a lot of opportunity. Somali Federal government’s proposal for the youth fighting alongside Al-Shabaab militant comes at a time when the dispute between the top leadership of the...
(Shabelle News 07/03/13)
Galka’ayo-(Sh.M.Network)-clashes between demonstrators and the police of Puntland state turned to ugly clashes in Galka’ayo town in Mudug region of Somalia. 3 people have been confirmed dead in the clashes including the police officers who tried to dismiss the riots and 8 others sustained serious injuries in today’s demonstrations. The situation of the town has now returned to calm but tensions still exist between rival parties in the coming elections. Opposition parties have accused Horsed party for sidelining other parties in the upcoming election and dictarship of Abdirahman Farole who is the current president of the region. Mr. Farole has been accused by traditional elders and other politicians for mis use of funds. Recently the army in Bosaso town demonstrated...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/13)
A Somali envoy on Tuesday met officials in Pretoria in a bid to ease tensions stirred by recurring attacks on Somali refugees in South Africa. Somalia's deputy foreign minister, Jamal Barrow, said his visit was also a fact-finding trip following recent violence which has seen looting of foreign-owned shops and the death of a Somali shopkeeper. He met Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, the Deputy Police Minister Makhotso Sotyu and Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Barrow said after the rash of meetings: "I am convinced that a great deal has been done to address the problem." "We found a common understanding, common action and common sentiments on how we can avert such incidents in the future," Barrow, said after...
(Shabelle News 07/03/13)
El Barde-(Sh.M.Network)- a heavy war occurred last night between Alshabab and government forces at the surrounding of El Barde town in Bakol region last night. Almost 10 fighters have been confirmed dead between the fighting sides. A government official who is based in Bakol region told Shabelle radio station that Alshabab troops attacked a government base 5 km away from El Barde town and they retaliated back fiercely forcing them to withdraw back. He added that they (Government forces) are in control of the town and will extend their control to more towns in the region. On the other side, Alshabab have not released any statement about the fighting in Bakol region.Large parts of Bakol region is still in the...
(Shabelle News 07/03/13)
(M.SH.NET) The governor of the Central Bank of Somalia denied on Tuesday allegations in a U.N. report linking him to irregularities regarding millions of dollars withdrawn from the bank, saying the charges were malicious and baseless. Somalia, under a Western-backed government that took office last year, is trying to rebuild after 20 years of war in which the nation was carved up into fiefdoms by warlords and then ruled by Islamist militants. Its public institutions remain feeble. The U.N. Group of Experts to the Security Council’s Somalia and Eritrea sanctions committee said that of $16.9 million (11.1 million pounds) of international aid transferred by fiduciary agent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to the central bank, about $12 million could not be traced. The...
( 07/03/13)
The Somali government has expressed satisfaction with the efforts that the South African government has made to address the recurring attacks on Somali nationals, especially shop owners, in the country. "A lot has been done to address the problems ... We found common [ground], common action and common sentiments on how we can avert such incidents in the future," Somalia Deputy Foreign Minister Jamal Barrow said following talks with South African Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim in Pretoria on Tuesday. Barrow was in South Africa to assess the situation on the ground and to engage with the South African authorities. Residents in the Diepsloot and Orange Farm townships near Johannesburg recently rioted against the Somali community, while tensions were...
(Ventures-Africa 07/03/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday said it has earmarked up to $3 billion for Africa’s power sector over the next 5 years. AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka, speaking from Dar Es Salaam, said the bank’s interventions will include investment loans, reforms, advisory and guarantees in the energy sector. This is part of the bank’s backing for President Barack Obama’s $7 billion Power Africa plan which Obama unveiled on Saturday in Cape Town, South Africa. The US-led power plan will pay more attention to advancing more access to power in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Blue chip companies including General Electric and Symbion Power will also invest an additional $9 billion. Kaberuka said AfDB will...
(African arguments 07/02/13)
The week of June 19th was a bloody milestone for the course of jihad in Somalia as the leaders of Al-Shabaab clashed in Barawe, a coastal city in the south. That conflict led to the killing of some of the top echelon of the terror group and the escape of others. What this violent encounter portends for the future, however, is far more serious than it appears at first glance. In a single stroke, Ahmed Abdi Godane, the emir of Al-Shabaab who goes by the nom de guerre of "Abu Zubeir," managed to re-align the radical group's leadership dynamics and further consolidated his power by getting rid of his major detractors. His loyalists killed two co-founders of Al-Shabaab, including his...
(Washington Post 07/02/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The chief executive of Somalia’s largest money transfer company warned Tuesday that funds wired into the country could “go underground” if Somalis aren’t able to send money to family members through banks. Abdirashid Duale, the chief executive of Dahabshiil is asking Barclays bank to reconsider a decision announced last month to stop facilitating money transfers to some companies in Somalia. Banks worried about anti-terror regulations have grown wary of facilitating transfers into Somalia, where the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab still controls a wide region. Somalia’s diaspora community sends $1.2 billion into Somalia annually, according to a study released this month by the U.N.’s food and agricultural agency. That money is desperately needed in one of the world’s poorest...
(Mareeg 07/02/13)
Mogadishu-(Mareeg.com)-the president of the federal republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who addressed the media said that it was very unfortunate for Somali’s to fight over power at this critical time when the people of Somalia are recovering from two decades of infighting. The president added that the government was not happy with what was going on in Kismayu as rival clans fought over leadership in the coastal city. The president called for the two sub clans fighting in Kismayu to come to the table and discuss their differences and sort out in a peaceful way. Kismayu is home to almost 30 clans and in the past month rival sub clans have been fighting over the leadership of Jubaland state...
(Unhcr 07/02/13)
Nothing has deterred Somali refugee Hali Shukri Ibrahim from her passion to get an education. Not an early forced marriage, nor war, nor separation from her parents, husband and baby son, nor exile. In fact, the 26-year-old says becoming a refugee gave her the prized opportunity to study, and stoked her ambitions. Goals that back home, in Mogadishu, capital of then war-torn Somalia, would have been limited to raising a large family, she says. Now a Grade 12 student at an Eritrean government high school near her home in Umkulu Refugee Camp, Hali is dreaming big. "I want to study hard, go to the university and become a doctor," she says. "When I came to Eritrea, I could hardly speak...
(Shabelle News 07/02/13)
Mogadishu-(Sh.M.Network) talking radio Shabelle last night, General Yusuf Mohamed Siyad (Inda Ade) said that Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys is in a critical condition and blamed government officials for the Sheikh’s deteriorating health. Mr. Inda Ade said that the government intelligence tortured the Sheikh while they interrogated him. He accused general Khalif Ahmed Eg who is the commander of national security top official in Banadir region for giving orders to torture the Sheikh. The general also blamed the president of the federal republic of Somalia for failing to honor his promise to protect the Sheikh whom he persuaded to come to Mogadishu. Sheikh Hasan Dahir Aweys who fled from Alshabab is being detained by the government where he is receiving medical...
(Shabelle News 07/02/13)
Yemeni forces intercepted the ship, the Jihan 1, off Yemen’s coast on January 23. U.S. and Yemeni officials said it was carrying a large cache of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, being smuggled from Iran to insurgents in Yemen. The confidential U.N. report, by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, cited Yemeni officials as saying that it was possible diesel carried aboard the ship could have been intended for shipment to Somalia. The group, which tracks compliance with Security Council sanctions, raised concerns in the report about the flow of weapons to Islamist al-Shabaab militants since the U.N. Security Council eased an arms embargo on Somalia’s fragile Western-backed government earlier this year. The report did not explicitly say that...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/02/13)
(Reuters) - An Iranian ship laden with arms seized by Yemeni authorities in January may also have been bound for Somalia, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday. Yemeni forces intercepted the ship, the Jihan 1, off Yemen's coast on January 23. U.S. and Yemeni officials said it was carrying a large cache of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, being smuggled from Iran to insurgents in Yemen. The confidential U.N. report, by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, cited Yemeni officials as saying that it was possible diesel carried aboard the ship could have been intended for shipment to Somalia. The group, which tracks compliance with Security Council sanctions, raised concerns in the report about...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/02/13)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Money at the Central Bank of Somalia is not used to run government institutions in the war-torn Horn of Africa country, with an average 80 percent of withdrawals made for private purposes, according to a U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday. The confidential report by the U.N. Group of Experts to the Security Council's Somalia and Eritrea sanctions committee blamed a patronage system - dubbed the "khaki envelope" practice after the color of the stationery carried to the Ministry of Finance - for preventing the creation of state institutions. "In this context, the fiduciary agency managed by PricewaterhouseCoopers was reduced to a transfer agent that could not ensure accountability of funds once they reached the...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...

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