Sunday 22 April 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Armed gunmen on Sunday night killed a senior ministry of defence official and his bodyguard as they were walking home from a mosque in the restive Mogadishu, police confirmed on Monday. A police officer said Abdullahi Mohamed Sheikh, a senior officer at the army command control headquarters in Mogadishu, and his bodyguard were shot dead by gunmen armed with pistols. "Gen Mohamed and his bodyguard were shot dead by armed gunmen from behind. The two were walking home from a mosque after evening prayers," said the police officer who declined to be identified. The military official once served as deputy commander of logistics for the Somali army. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing.
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, pledging China's support for Somalia's development. China and Somalia enjoy a long history of friendship, Wang said, adding that China was one of the countries that first recognized Somalia's independence and Somalia was the first country in East Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China. China has always supported Somalia in preserving its national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and supports peace and reconstruction in the country, he said. With authorization of related UN resolutions, China has deployed its navy fleet to carry out escort missions in the waters
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Somalia’s government rebuked its three semi-autonomous regions on Thursday for cutting ties with Qatar, saying it was determined to stay neutral in the Gulf nation’s dispute with other Arab states. The region of Galmudug issued a statement on Wednesday saying it stood with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the regional row, followed similar declarations last month by the regions of Puntland and Hirshabelle. Somalia’s federal government responded by saying only it had the authority to speak on foreign affairs. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut political and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-foe Iran - charges that Doha denies. The spat about it in volatile but...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Somalia reiterated on Thursday its neutrality in the Gulf diplomatic crisis between Qatar and six Arab nations. A statement issued after the Council of Ministers meeting in Mogadishu said the Horn of Africa nation will take a neutral approach with a view to solving the crisis in some of the Gulf States through diplomacy and brotherlyhood manner. The government said it has successfully implemented an excellent working relationship with federal member states that are part of the Federal Government of Somalia. "Somali president has chaired two leaders' forum within the last six months to discuss key issues such as security and the unity of the nation," the ministry of information said in a statement. The statement comes after Somalia's regional...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday it has trained 60 officers from the Somali security forces in the prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers. Francisco Caetano Madeira, the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, noted that the use of child soldiers in conflict was widespread in Somalia and expressed the need to establish the exact numbers of children fighting wars in the country. "It's difficult to know exactly how many underage children are involved in this battle. We have to say it's widespread, particularly within the Al-Shabaab ranks," Madeira said in a statement issued in Mogadishu. The two-week training drew participants from the Somali military, police and intelligence services. Representatives of...
(Shabelle News 09/21/17)
Today, the council of ministers of the Federal Government of Somalia re-iterated Somalia’s decision in June 2017 towards the crisis in some of the Gulf States. Somalia takes neutral approach with a view to solve the crisis in some of the Golf States through diplomacy and brotherly-hood manner. The Federal Government of Somalia has successfully implemented an excellent working relationship with Federal member states that are part of the Federal Government of Somalia. Somali President has chaired two leaders’ forum within the last 6 months to discuss key issues such as security and the unity of the nation. Article 54 of the provisional constitution of Somalia clearly states that only the Federal Government of Somalia can make key decisions for...
(New Vision 09/21/17)
Somalia is still grappling with high rates of gender-based violence, child marriages and high levels of female genital mutilation. A group of 30 Somali legislators are undergoing training in leadership and gender-equality meant to equip them with new skills and knowledge, needed in advancing gender-equality and women empowerment in Somalia. Somalia’s senate has 54 members, while the House of People has 275 members. Out of 275 members, 26% are women, compared to 14% women representation that they had in 2012. Speaking during the training taking place at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) cross-cutting unit manager, Catriona Byrne, said Somalia is still grappling with gender challenges including high rates of gender-based violence, child marriages...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(Middle East Monitor 09/20/17)
Russia plans to assist Somalia in its fight against terrorism, Somalia’s Garowe news site reported. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Russia discussed the need to continue efforts to ensure the stability of Somalia’s federal government and bolster international efforts to establish peace in the country. “The Russian side expressed support to the anti-terrorism efforts of Somalia’s federal authorities and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia”, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) police have handed over an assortment of critical office equipment to the Somali Police Force to help enhance their capacity to deter terror threats in the country. AMISOM Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo handed over the equipment donated by Denmark to the police in Mogadishu. She said the consignment will help in facilitating the work of police officers to maintain law and order. "We have a mandate here in Somalia and our mandate is to build the capacity of the Somali police forces. This is in terms of training, mentoring, operational support; you see the Formed Police Unit (FPU) that undertake day and night patrols," Alalo said in a statement issued on Tuesday...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Somalia's regional Puntland state on Monday launched a partnership deal aimed at bringing piped water to thousands of people in the town of Bosasso. Under a public private partnership, UNICEF, the Puntland Authority for Water, Energy and Natural Resources, and Golden Utilities Management Company (GUMCO) rehabilitated the town's water tank and laid more than 10,000 meters of pipeline to overhaul the deteriorating water system in Bosasso. "This is a great step forward in ensuring as many people as possible have access to safe water, especially now with the crisis caused by the drought," UNICEF Somalia Representative Steven Lauwerier said in a statement. According to UNICEF, much of the population in Bosasso, a major...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
Fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital on Saturday, police said. “It seems they mistook the Somali national army for (clan) militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters. He said the fighting occurred because police were wrongly informed that there were armed militias in the area. “Accidents happen,” he said. Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991, when clan-based warlords overthrew a dictator then turned against each other. The weak U.N.-backed government is now battling an Islamist insurgency, but many members of its security forces are badly trained and coordination is poor. “Last night security forces (the...
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Somalia’s parliament, the House of the People, has instituted a body to investigate the government’s decision to handover a Somali national to neighbouring Ethiopia. Their position was contained in a press release issued on Monday September 18, 2017 from the office of the Speaker of the House. It comprises 15 persons whose mandate is to report back on the circumstances surrounding the handover. Mogadishu’s detention and subsequent transfer of Mr. Abdikarin Sheikh Muse of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) to Ethiopia in August 2017 sparked outrage in the country. The action has been described as a breach of Somali and international laws – which decries refoulement. The Somali government has forcefully transferred a political refugee to Ethiopia which is...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/17)
Suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed four people at a checkpoint in central Somalia on early Sunday morning, prompting fierce retaliation from government forces, a local official said. The militants ambushed a checkpoint in Jawil area in Beledweyne region where the local government collects road levies, said local administrator Mahad Yusuf. "Four people died in the fighting this morning in Jawil after Al-Shabaab attacked forces manning the roadblock," Yusuf said. "The fighting lasted for almost half an hour."
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/17)
Heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants on Saturday morning overran a Somalia National Army (SNA) camp at Bula Hache, a few kilometers from Elwak town near the Somalia border with Kenya. Both Kenyan and Somalia officials said the militants briefly seized the town before they later withdrew after a fierce gunfight that had begun on Friday night and ended on Saturday morning. Kenya's Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Bundotich said the militants overran the camp operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) before burning SNA belongings and rifles.
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
East Africa bloc said Friday it was dismayed by the recent wave of terror attacks in Somalia by Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, which has left several people dead and others injured. The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said Al-Shabaab is bent on trying to destroy the gains that the people and Somali government have achieved through their indomitable spirit, hard work and optimism. "IGAD condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent Al-Shabaab terror attacks on civilians carried out in Mogadishu and areas in the southern part of Somalia, and in which so many innocent citizens lost their lives and as many were injured within a span of two-week time,"

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