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Madaxweynaha Somaliland Iyo Wefti Uu...





Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland,  Muuse Biixi Cabdi iyo wefti uu hoggaaminayo, ayaa maanta  booqasho rasmi ah ugu ambo baxay dalka Itoobiya, kaddib markii ay marti-qaad rasmi ah ka heleen ra’iisal wasaaraha dalka Itoobiya Dr. Abiy Ahmed.
Madaxweyne Muuse Biixi Cabdi, ayaa inta uu safarkiisa ku gudo jiro waxa uu kulamo la yeelan doonaa ra’iisal wasaaraha dalka Itoobiya, Dr. Abiy Ahmed iyo xubno kamid ah dawladdiisa, waxana  ujeeddooyinka kulamadaas faah-faahin ka siiyey saxaafadda wasiirka wasaaradda arrimaha dibadda iyo iskaashiga caalamiga ee Somaliland, Prof. Yaasiin Xaaji Maxamuud Xiir (Faro-toon), waxana isaga oo arrimahaas ka hadlaya uu yidhi,  “Madaxweynuhu waxa uu casuumad rasmi ah ka helay ra’iisal wasaaraha dalka Itoobiya, waxana ay isaga iyo weftiga uu hoggaaminayaa u tegayaan inay ka wada-hadlaan danaha iyo xidhiidhka ka dhexeeya Jamhuuriyadda Somaliland iyo Dawladda Federaalka Itoobiya.
 
Madaxweynaha iyo weftigiisa ayey ujeedada safarkoodu ku kooban tahay kulanka ra’iisal wasaaraha Itoobiya iyo xubnaha kale ee xukuumaddiisa ka tirsan ay la yeelan-doonaan, mana jirto masuuliyiin dalal kale oo madaxweynaha u qorshaysan inuu kula kulmo Dalka Itoobiya.
 
Xubnaha weftiga ah ee madaxweynaha ku wehelinaya booqashada rasmiga ah ee uu dalka Itoobiya ku tegay, ayaa waxa ka mid ah wasiirrada wasaaradaha, Arrimaha dibadda, Prof. Yaasiin Xaaji Maxamuud Xiir Faro-toon, arrimaha gudaha, Mudane Maxamed Kaahin Axmed, Horumarinta Maaliyadda, Dr. Sacad Cali Shire iyo wasiirka wasaaradda Ganacsiga, Wershadaha iyo Dalxiiska, Mudane Maxamuud Xasan Sacad (Saajin).
 
 
Wa-bilaahi Tawfiiq





AMISOM To Handover Somalia’s Military...






A military training institution which the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has occupied for more than a decade will be handed over to the Somali National Army at the end of this month. Renovation works at the Jaalle Siyaad Military Academy, which have been ongoing since December last year have been completed to pave way for the handover of the facility. The announcement was made by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, during an inspection tour of the military academy in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, yesterday. “We are satisfied with the rehabilitation works and we believe proper arrangements have been made for an effective handover to take place by the end of this month,” Ambassador Madeira, who was accompanied by senior AMISOM and federal government officials, said.
Jaalle Siyaad Military Academy holds a special place in the country’s history, having served as a key Forward Operations Base for AU troops during the fierce war against Al-Shabaab militants that led to the liberation of Mogadishu, in 2011. The Burundi troops who have been occupying the academy have since relocated to Jowhar, the administrative capital of Somalia’s youngest state, HirShabelle. Ambassador Madeira noted that a number of assets put up by AMISOM for use by the Burundi contingent will also be donated to the federal government. “The prefabricated buildings, the generators, the water points and the water treatment plants, will all be handed over to the federal government to enable it continue improving this facility and return it to its former glory,” the SRCC said.
The State Minister of Defence, Mohamed Ali Haga, who spoke on behalf of the federal government, thanked AMISOM for continued support for Somalia’s stabilization process:  “I particularly want to thank the Burundi soldiers who have made the handover possible and sacrificed their lives to help restore stability in Somalia,” Mr. Haga noted.





President Farmaajo To Meet President...






President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is today expected to meet with his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Gelleh, to discuss bilateral relations and the security cooperation between the two countries. The Somali leader arrived in Djibouti last night together with his delegation after a two-day official visit in Burundi. Farmaajo and his entourage was received at the airport by Djibouti Defence Minister, Ali Hassan Bahdoon and other senior government officials.
The two brotherly nations share a number of objectives, including regional peace, economic  progress and share a number of interests, based on the long history of the two nations. Djibouti is one of the five East African countries contributing troops to the African Union’s Mission in Somalia.





Wadajirka ah ee Booqashada Madaxweyne...





 
1.
Kaddib martiqaad rasmi ah oo uu ka helay Madaxweynaha Burundi Mudane Pierre Nkurunziza, Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya Mudane Maxaxamed Cabdullaahi Maxamed (Farmaajo) waxa uu booqasho shaqo ku tegay Jamhuuriyadda Burundi muddadii u dhexaysey 18-19 Febraayo, 2019. Ujeedka booqashadani waxa uu ahaa adkeynta iskaashiga taariikheed, siyaasadeed iyo amni ee labada dal.
2.
Markii Madaxweyne Maxamed Cabdullaahi Maxxamed iyo wafdiga uu hoggaaminayo soo gaareen Garoonka Caalamiga ah ee Bujumbura, waxa si diirran u soo dhaweeyay dhiggiisa Burundi Mudane Pierre Nkurunziza oo ay weheliyeen masuuliyiinta sarsare ee Burundi.
3.
Madaxweyne Pierre Nkurunziza waxa uu casho sharaf u sameeyay Madaxweynaha iyo wafdigiisa. Ka hor casho sharafta, Wasiirrada iyo Taliyayaasha Gaashaandhigga ee labada dal ayaa yeeshay kulan laba-geesood ah oo ku suntanaa jawi saaxiibtinnimo oo diirran kaasi oo ka tarjumayay xiriirka saaxiibtinnimo ee Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya iyo dalka Burundi iyo dadaalka ay labada waddan kula dagaallamayaan argagaxisada.
4.
Maalintii labaad ee booqashada, Madaxweyne Maxamed Cabdullaahi Maxamed iyo Madaxweyne Pierre Nkurunziza waxay yeesheen wadahadallo ballaaran oo ku aaddan arrimaha ay wadaagaan labada waddan sida xiriika labada dhinac iyo aayihiisa mustaqbalka, iyo dadaallo lagu dardargelinayo fulinta heshiisyadii hore loo gaaray. Labada Madaxweyne waxay cambaareeyeen weerarrada ay Alshabaab ka geysato gudaha Soomaaliya iyo dibaddeeda, iyaga oo walaac ka muujiyay halista Alshabaab.
5.
Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Burundi Mudane Pierre Nkurunziza waxa uu bogaadiyay dadaalka ay Dowladda iyo Shacabka Soomaaliyeed ugu jiraan helidda nabadgelyo iyo ammaan. Madaxweyne Maxamed Cabdullaahi Maxamed ayaa isna ammaanay shaqada geesinnimada iyo hufnaanta leh ee ay Ciidamada Burundi ka hayaan AMISOM, iyaga oo noloshooda u hura sidii ay ummadda Soomaaliyeed u heli lahaayeen nabad waarta.
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Labada Madaxweyne waxay ku baaqayaan in si buuxda loo fuliyo qodobbadii heshiisyadii ka dhacay Nairobi iyo Addis Ababa ee ku aaddanaa Qorshaha Kalaguurka ah ee Soomaaliya. Labada Madaxweyne waxay sidoo kale ku heshiiyeen in si degdeg ah loo fuliyo hawlgallo ka dhan ah Alshabaab iyada oo la dabbaqayo Qorshaha Kalaguurka ah ee Soomaaliya lana dhisayo awoodda hay’adaha iyo ciidamada ammaanka Soomaaliya. Labada Madaxweyne waxay codsanayaan in Midowga Afrika dib u qaabeeyo Ciidamada AMISOM si ay u fuliyaan shaqooyinka loo igmaday oo ay kamid tahay in la xoojiyo iskaashiga dhanka hawlgallada ee ay la leeyihiin Ciidanka Qalabka Sida ee Soomaaliyeed. Labada Madaxweyne waxay isku raaceen inay shir degdeg ah isugu yeeraan Madaxda dalalka ay Ciidamadoodu kamid yihiin AMISOM.
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Ugu danbayntii, Mudane Maxamed Cabdullaahi Maxamed, Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya waxa uu dowladda Burundi ugu hambalyeeyay in saddexda sanno ee soo socota loo doortay xubin kamid ah Golaha Ammaanka iyo Nabadgelyada ee Midowga Afrika, wuxuuna Dowladda iyo Shacabka Burundi uga mahadceliyay martigelinta diirran ee ay u fidiyeen isaga iyo wafdigiisa intii booqashadu socotay wuxuuna Madaxweyne Pierre Nkurunziza ku martiqaaday inuu booqasho rasmi ah ku yimaaddo Soomaaliya.
19-kii Febraayo 2019, Bujumbura, Jamhuuriyadda Burundi.
DHAMMAADWixii faahfaahin ah, fadlan kala xiriir 






Heestii Afrikaay daya Madaxweyne...





http://somalisan.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Saciid-Xarawa-Afrikaay-Daya-.mp3Jabuuti, Feb 19, 2019:Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda Federaalka Soomaaliya Mudane Maxamed Cabdullaahi Farmaajo ayaa soo gabagabeeyay booqasho shaqo oo uu muddo labo maalmood ku joogay dalka Burundi.
Madaxweyne Farmaajo ayaa inta aanu ka soo ambabixin magaalada Bujumbura waxa uu wadahadallo la yeeshay Madaxweynaha Burundi Mudane Pierre Nkurunziza iyada oo laga soo saaray war-murtiyeed wadajir ah oo lagu adkeynayo xiriirka labada dal, hawlgallada ka dhankaah argagixisada iyo dhaqangelinta Qorshaha Kala-guurka ah ee Soomaaliya.
“Waxaan kaaga mahadcelinayaa Mudane Madaxweyne soo dhaweyntii iyo martisoorkii aad noo fidiseen aniga iyo wafdigayga. Waxaan rajaynayaa in booqashadan taariikhiga ah ay xoojiso xiriirka diblomaasiyadeed iyo kan amni ee labadeenna dal. Naf-hurnimada ay noo sameeyeen Ciidamada Burundi ma aha mid aan illaawi doonno, abaal ayaanuna idinkaga haynaa.” Ayuu yiri Madaxweyne Farmaajo
Madaxweyne Maxamed Cabdullaahi Farmaajo iyo wafdigiisa oo caawa gaaray magaalada Jabuuti ayaa berri kulan la qaadanayaa Madaxweynaha Jamhuuriyadda aan walaalaha nahay ee Jabuuti Mudane Ismaaciil Cumar Geelle.
Arrimaha diiradda lagu saarayo kulanka labada Madaxweyne ayaa waxaa kamid ah xoojinta xiriirka walaaltinimo, xaaladda guud ee gobolka Geeska Afrika iyo iskaashiga amni ee labada dal.
Safarkan waxaa Madaxweynaha ku wehelinaya Wasiirka Gaashaandhigga Mudane Xasan Maxamed Cali, La-taliyaha Amniga Qaranka ee Madaxweynaha Mudane Cabdisaciid Muuse Cali iyo Taliyaha Ciidamada Xoogga Dalka Mudane Daahir Aadan Cilmi (Indha-Qarsho).
 






Joint Communique Following The State...





 
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At the invitation of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo), President of the Federal Republic of Somalia paid a working visit to the Republic of Burundi on the 18-19th of February 2019. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral, political, security and historical cooperation between the two countries.
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Upon arrival at the Bujumbura International Airport at the head of a high-level delegation President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed was warmly greeted by his counterpart of Burundi, HE Pierre Nkurunziza accompanied by senior officials of Burundi.
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President Pierre Nkurunziza has hosted a banquet dinner in honor of the visiting President and his delegation. Prior to the banquet dinner, the Ministers of Defense and the Chiefs of Defense for both countries held a bilateral meeting in an atmosphere of utmost cordiality and warmth that has always characterized the close and friendly relations between the Federal Republic of Somalia and Burundi, and the common commitment to fight against terrorism.
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On the second day of the visit, President Mohamed Abdullah Mohamed and President Pierre Nkurunziza held wide-ranging discussions on issues of mutual interest including current bilateral relations and future prospects, and initiatives to accelerate the implementationof the agreements already reached. The two presidents condemned Al Shabab attacks in Somalia and beyond, expressing serious concern at the ongoing threat posed by Al Shabab.
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His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, praised the work of the People and Government of Somalia in the pursuit of the quest for peace and security in Somalia. His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed commended the courageous and professional work of the Burundian soldiers within AMISOM who sacrifice themselves so that the Somali People enjoy a lasting peace.
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The two Heads of State urge the full implementation of the conclusions agreed in Nairobi and in Addis Ababa in line with the Somali Transition Plan. In this regard the two presidents agreed to carry out operations against Al Shabaab as soon as possible as part of the implementation of the STP and to allow the Somali security institutions and forces to build their capacities. The Presidents request that the AU continues to ensure that AMISOM is reconfigured to conduct the full range of mandated tasks effectively, including improving operational coordination with Somali National Armed Forces. The two Heads of State agreed to call an urgent Summit of Heads of State and Government of the AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (TCC).
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Finally, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia congratulated Burundi for being elected as a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council for the next three years and expressed his gratitude to the Governmentand People of Burundi for the warmth and generous hospitality extended to him and to his delegation during the visit and extended an invitation to President Pierre Nkurunziza to pay an official visit to Somalia on a mutually convenient date.
Done this 19th Day of February 2019 at Bujumbura, Republic of Burundi
 

 






Burundi Calls For Urgent Summit Over...






President Pierre Nkurunziza has called for the African Union to urgently convene a meeting of the countries contributing troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) to review the decision to withdraw its soldiers.
The President made the remarks after a closed door meeting between President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmaajo” of Somalia at State House Bujumbura on Tuesday. President Farmaajo was in Burundi for a two-day State visit accompanied by a delegation that included his minister of defence and the Somalia National Army (SNA) chief of staff.
“There is a decision which was taken by the peace and security council of AU which we Burundians didn’t welcome and we know Somalia wasn’t pleased with it. That’s why we have called for an urgent summit so as the decision can be reconsidered,” President Nkurunziza said during a press briefing.
Last December, the African Union’s Peace Support Operations Division directed that the planned drawdown of a further 1,000 soldiers come exclusively from the Burundian contingent. The withdrawal, first directed by the United Nations Security Council in 2017 and scheduled for February 28, has however been opposed by Burundi.
The Somali government is also uncomfortable with the planned phased drawdown arguing that its army is not ready to take charge of the country’s security. Praising Burundi’s contribution in restoring peace in Somalia, President Farmajo said: “as a result the capital city of Mogadishu was freed and liberated from Al-Shabaab by Burundian forces, Ugandan and Somali national forces.”
“Burundi soldiers in Somalia have made ultimate sacrifice and I assure the people of Burundi your soldiers’ sacrifice will not go in vain,” he added. Burundi says that since it was elected to the African Union Peace and Security Council on February 14 to serve as a member for three years, it should have its troops stay in the mission.





Dialogue Best Option In Kenya-Somalia...






The diplomatic row pitting Kenya against Somalia arising from a protracted maritime territorial dispute is, to say the least, most unfortunate. The two neighbours are akin to Siamese twins, with common challenges and mutual interests. At the centre of the dispute is 62,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, believed to be rich in oil and gas deposits, for which Somalia took Kenya to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2014. But before the ICJ could rule on the matter, Mogadishu reportedly put up for auction some blocks in the disputed territory.
Predictably, Kenya sent the Somali Ambassador, Mr Mohamoud Ahmed Nur, back home, while summoning its own envoy in Mogadishu, Gen (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo to Nairobi. It is encouraging that Mogadishu has moved swiftly to dispute the reports and that should go a long way in cooling the diplomatic temperatures. With the clarification from both sides, dialogue and due process at the ICJ must now be given a chance.
At a time Kenya and Somalia are confronted with the threat of Al-Shabaab terrorists, the least they can do is to cooperate for their common good. Neither can afford to sacrifice the mutual benefits of good neighbourliness at the altar of territorial integrity. The two countries have come a long way since their independence, especially after the fall of dictator Siad Barre in 1991, which threw Somalia into a state of lawlessness. Kenya would come in handy when, after years of turmoil and international mediation, the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia was formed in 2004 in Nairobi, from where it governed until June 2005.
All the while, Somalia has remained a critical market for Kenya’s exports, thus contributing to the creation of jobs for the latter’s nationals. Kenya also hosts thousands of Somalis, including generations, which have known no other home apart from Dadaab refugee camp. Nairobi’s Eastleigh suburb hosts many Somalis, including a thriving business community.
Hundreds of Kenya’s peacekeeping troops in Amisom have been killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists while defending the Mogadishu regime, the most memorable being the January 15, 2016 El Adde massacre and when the terrorists took control of the Kulbiyow base on January 27, 2017. Kenya has, on numerous occasions, been the victim of terror attacks, claiming tens of innocent lives. The latest was just last month at the Dusit business complex in Nairobi. A dispute between the two countries will definitely undermine the livelihoods of thousands of innocent and harmless populations. The current row must, therefore, be quickly resolved.





Kabtan Shaysa Oo Booqday Madxafka...






Kabtan Yuusuf Aar Ducaale  (Shaysa) oo ah khabiir xaga badda iyo Maraakiibta ah ayaa booqday Madxafka Saryan Meseum oo ku yaala magaalada Hargeysa, halkaasi oo uu ku soo dhaweeyay Gudoomiyaha Madxafka Taariikhda iyo dhaqanka somaliland  Saryan Meseum Siciid Shukri.
Kabtan shaysa ayaa madxafka taariikhda somaliland ee saryan gudoonsiiyey Sawir muujinaya Socdaal dhinaca lugta ah oo qaab xisaabeed uu ku gaadhay Dayaxa taaso somaliland ka dhigaysa dalka sedexaad ee dayaxa tagay, Marka la Eego Qaab Xisaabeedkan Kabtanku So Sameeyey.
Kabtan Shaysa ayaa qaacidadan xisaabeed ku muujiyey Socdaalka dhinaca lugta ah ee uu dayaxa ku beegsaday iyo masaafada ay qaadan lahayd maalmaha saacadaha iyo sanadaha taas oo uu kabtanku sawirkaasi iyo qaab xisaabeedkaasi socodka dayaxa lagu gaadhayo uu ku wareejiyey Gudoomiyaha matxafka saryan Siciid Shugri.
Gudoomiyaha Madxafka Saryan museum, Siciid Shukri ayaa uga mahad celiyay booqashada uu ku yimi xarunta, sidoo kalena ka gudoomay sawirkaasi oo lagu dhejiyay Gidaarka Madxafka,
Kabtan Shaysa ayaa mudo gaadhaysa 45 sano waxa uu ka shaqaynaayay dekeda Berbera halkaasi oo uu ahaa kabtanka ku soo xidha maraakiibta,  mudadii uu ka shaqaynaayay dekeda Berbera waxa uu sidoo kale ahaa Macalin ardayda wax ku bara magaalada gaar ahaan qaabka maraakiibta loogu xidho dekeda,
Waxyaabaha lagu xasuusto Kabtan Shaysa waxa ka mida in laba jeer la geeyay Dekeda Magaalada Muqdisho ka dib markii lagu soo xidhi kari waayay markab weyn oo aan hore dekeda u iman. Waxana diyaarad gaar ah lagaga soo qaaday magaalada Berbera,  kabtan Shaysa ayaa ku guulaystay in uu Markabka ku soo xidho Dekeda Muqdisho.
Waa kuma Yuusuf Aar Ducaale (Shaysa)?
Waxa uu ku dhashay sanadkii 1930, Degmada Xagal ee Gobolka Saaxil
Waxa uu tagay Cadan sanadkii 1948
Kabtan Shaysa waxa uu aqoonta  cilmiga Baddaha iyo maraakiibta ku soo bartay dalka Jarmalka  sanadkii 1964
Sanadkii 1969 waxa uu shaqo ka helay dekeda magaalada Kismaayo
Sanadkii 1970 waxa loo soo bedelay dekeda Berbera oo uu ilaa maanta kamidyahay Waaxdaasi





Deg Deg :- Shirkii Kulmiye Oo Dib U...





Deg Deg :- Shirkii Kulmiye Oo Dib U Dhacay + Sababta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0E5nsGEvnc





Members Of Parliament To Quiz Juma On...






Members of Kenya’s Parliament will this morning question Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma on the diplomatic row between Kenya and Somalia. National Assembly’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee chairman Katoo Metito said they want to know the circumstances that led to summoning of Kenya’s ambassador to Somalia. “We want to get a detailed brief on what really transpired and the way forward,” Metito told the Star by phone yesterday.
The meeting had been scheduled with the ministry to discuss a Budget Policy Statement but “we have to spare time to look into this matter of public interest,” the Kajiado South MP said. On Saturday, PS Macharia Kamau issued a statement that was interpreted to mean that Kenya had recalled its ambassador to Mogadishu and expelled Somalia’s envoy to Nairobi. Kamau said Somalia had auctioned oil and gas blocks in maritime areas claimed by both countries. The auction is said to have happened in London on February 7. Somalia denied the claim.
Macharia later said the Kenyan ambassador had only been summoned while his Somalia counterpart had been sent to Mogadishu for consultation. “The action was taken so we can resolve this matter with credible and correct information from both sides,” Kamau tweeted. On Sunday, Somalia said it was not offering oil and gas blocs in the disputed waters for auction. “Somalia is not offering, nor does it have any plans to offer any blocks in the disputed maritime area until the parties’ maritime boundary is decided by the ICJ,” the country’s embassy said. Sources said it took the intervention of Juma and State House for Somalia to cool down and downplay the spat.





Spectrum Geo Dismisses Claims Of Kenya...






A US-based seismic data processing company, Spectrum, has dismissed allegations raised by the Kenyan government against Somalia. Early this week, Kenya summoned its ambassador to Somalia and ordered his Somali counterpart in Nairobi to depart to Somalia over allegations that Somalia auctioned off oil, gas and mineral blocks falling within the Kenyan borders. In a statement, Spectrum Geo Limited, which inked an agreement with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in Mogadishu in September 2015, has thrown its weight behind Somalia dispelling the unfounded allegations by Kenya.
The company says it was assigned to acquire 2D multi-client seismic data offshore the coastline of Somalia, as the first step in the hydrocarbon exploration process: “Spectrum acquired a total of 20,185 km. of 2D seismic data, in a grid stretching from south of the maritime border with the Federal State of Puntland, to north of the maritime border with the Republic of Kenya,” the statement reads in part, “All of this seismic data was acquired wholly within the maritime territory of the Federal Government of Somalia, and no data were acquired within the area currently the subject of the maritime delimitation case with Kenya.”
Spectrum has also dismissed the Kenyan government’s allegations that Somalia conducted an auction in London: “Federal Government of Somalia hosted a successful promotion of the Somalia Offshore Round at the Somalia Oil and Gas Conference. During this successful promotion, no exploration blocks were auctioned,” the company said. The development comes a day after Somali government denied the allegations raised against it.





Adding Fuel To Fire: Why Somalia’s Oil...






Early this month, dozens of people gathered outside the Claridge’s Hotel in central London to protest against the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS)’s decision to award oil exploration licences to foreign companies later this year. The hotel was the venue for the International Conference on Somalia Oil and Gas that was hosted by Spectrum, a leading seismic data processing company. The conference was aimed at showcasing possible locations in Somalia where crude oil reserves can be exploited. Last year, the FGS announced a first round of bidding on 206 offshore oil blocks, mainly in southern Somalia.
The decision by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government to put Somalia’s oil reserves on the predatory oil and extractive industries’ market is being viewed by many as a recipe for disaster in a country that has suffered from more than two decades of civil war and which has few or no regulatory frameworks or laws in place to manage its oil in the interest of the Somali state and its people. Jamal Kassim Mursal, who was the permanent secretary in Somalia’s petroleum ministry until last month, when he resigned, told the Voice of America that Somalia was not yet ready for any oil exploration because “nothing has changed – petroleum law is not passed, tax law is not ready, capacity has not changed, institutions have not been built”.
The decision by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government to put Somalia’s oil reserves on the predatory oil and extractive industries’ market is being viewed by many as a recipe for disaster in a country that has suffered from more than two decades of civil war A study published in 2014 by the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute of Policy Studies cautioned that it was still too early for Somalia to be venturing into the oil industry because the country faces a host of challenges and obstacles that need to be addressed before any viable oil exploration and production can start.
These challenges and obstacles include scant infrastructure for the transport and processing of oil, political volatility, institutional fragility, physical insecurity and ambiguous property rights. If not handled with caution, warned the report, Somalia’s oil could prove to be a curse. Given the high levels corruption within the Somali government, and in light of the country’s fledgling state institutions, the absence of checks and balances, as well as nascent democratic structures, the hydrocarbon sector’s economic spoils are likely to also ruin politics, said the study’s author Dominik Balthasar.
Lack of oversight and transparency could lead to conflict as competing forces seek to control the lucrative, but highly opaque, sector. “The problem arises in light of the fact that Somalia not only needs to counter the standard challenges arising from the resource curse, but must do so in the context of fragility.” A study published in 2014 by the Mogadishu-based Heritage Institute of Policy Studies cautioned that it was still too early for Somalia to be venturing into the oil industry because the country faces a host of challenges and obstacles that need to be addressed before any viable oil exploration and production can start.





Somalia Moves To Calm Diplomatic...






The Somali government has moved to calm diplomatic tensions following Kenya’s decision to recall its ambassador to Mogadishu and instruct Somalia’s ambassador to leave Nairobi. The two counties are embroiled in a maritime dispute. In a statement issued on Sunday evening, the Somali government said it has not offered any blocks in the disputed area to external bidders. Somalia says it has no plans to do so until the maritime dispute case between the countries is decided by the International Court (ICJ) of Justice in The Hague.
Somalia has also assured Kenya that it will not take any unilateral activities in the area before the court’s judgement. Kenya has called its Ambassador to Mogadishu Lucas Tumbo back to Nairobi for “urgent consultations” on Saturday. Kenya said the move is the consequence of the “most regretful and egregious decision” by the federal government to “auction off” oil and gas blocks in Kenya territory. Kenya has also instructed the Somali Ambassador to Kenya Mohamud Ahmed Nur to depart to Somalia for “consultation”. The statement posted by Kenya on its Twitter account incorrectly gave Somali Ambassador’s name as “Mohammed Muhamud Nur”.
The Somali government said it “regrets” Kenya’s decision to instruct the Ambassador to leave Kenya “without prior consultation” with the government of Somalia. The Somalia-Kenya maritime boundary dispute is before the ICJ. Somalia filed a complaint in August 2014 after all diplomatic negotiations were “exhausted” according to the government. The disputed area is estimated to be 100,000 square kilometers.





We’re Ready To Lose Somalia Market, “...






Khat, or “miraa” farmers in Kenya could lose 90 percent of the market if the diplomatic spat between Kenya and Somalia is not resolved. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Somalia remains Kenya’s key miraa market, taking in about 50 tonnes of the commodity daily. The miraa sold to Somalia is valued at more than Sh100 million (USD 1 million) per day.
On Saturday, Kenya recalled its ambassador to Mogadishu and ordered Somalia envoy in Nairobi to leave after an alleged auction of oil and gas blocks in maritime territorial areas claimed by both countries. Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau said the alleged auction took place in London on February 7. The dispute pending before the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands.
Miraa traders in Kenya are however ready to lose the Somalia market, saying they cannot trade the country’s sovereignty for miraa sales. In a statement yesterday, Nyambene Miraa Traders Association said Somalia was riding on miraa traders’ welfare to blackmail Kenya. “Miraa is the soft underbelly targeted by Somalia whenever it wants to seek attention from Kenya. We should be bracing for the worst,” Kenya government spokesman Kimathi Munjuri said. The association said business had become difficult over the last two months after Puntland raised taxes while Mogadishu has opting for cheaper imports from Ethiopia. “As it is, we are exporting minimally to Puntland after President Said Abdullahi Deni piled on us a tax of Sh500 per kilogramme of miraa,” Munjuri said.
In February 2017, miraa traders suspended exports to Somalia after the country introduced punitive tax measures. Mogadishu increased the tax on the product from Sh309 to Sh360.5 per kilo of khat, leading to a four-day boycott by Kenyan miraa exporters. The decision was rescinded and the tax dropped to Sh247 after intervention by Kenyan government. The union has also asked the government to suspend diplomatic relations with Britain, Norway and Ireland who have blocked miraa from Kenya.





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Meet Leila Ali Elmi, the first-ever...





With the rising uncertainty over the status of migrants in many European countries, the election of Somali-born woman as a member of parliament in Sweden is a welcome reprieve for many Somali immigrants in the country.
Leila Ali Elmi has made history as the first Somali and East African woman to be voted into the Riksdag, as the Swedish parliament is known. Running on a Green Party ticket, she will represent the Angered District in Gothenburg. It will not be her first time representing her people as she was a member of the Angered district council since 2014.
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Elmi, who left Somalia in the 1990s, has been living in Sweden’s second largest city, where more than 14,000 Somalis also reside.  Her home district is considered to have one of the highest employment rates and has been constantly referred to as “deprived and isolated.”
Among the things on her priorities is education.
“I come from a suburb and grew up in a suburb, the issue that matters to me is school policy, in the socioeconomically deprived areas it’s pretty bad schools, we have to focus on the school and that’s the question I especially when I enter the Riksdag,” she said.
According to reports, many people considered Elmi an underdog and even referred to her as ‘hidden’ because she was not a popular candidate. Her campaign worked as she connected more with people at the grassroots level.
Elmi now joins the long list of Somali-born political leaders that includes America’s Ilhan Omar, who is hoping to represent Minnesota in the Congress.Illhan Omar…Knight Errant
Omar defeated Rep. Keith Ellison in Minnesota’s fifth congressional district. She also made history as the first Somali legislator in the United States in 2016.
Somali-born Magid Magid also made history for becoming the youngest person to become the mayor of Sheffield. and just like Elmi, he had served as a councillor and later served as deputy mayor before his election.Photo: YouTube





Somalia is Becoming a Pawn in a UAE-...






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Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo in Abu Dhabi, April 2017 | Somali Embassy UAE
By Eleanor BeevorIt’s been a breathless few weeks for the Horn of Africa in general, and for Somalia in particular. A historic agreement was signed between Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia to end all hostilities between them. Straight afterwards, Eritrea reconciled with Djibouti. For the first time in decades, it seems that the regional capitals are sincerely ready to make peace, and to build on it. But though this is no doubt good news, it will not solve Somalia’s internal strife. This week, Somalia’s future is looking extremely uncertain. And that is – at least partly - because it has become embroiled in the Gulf crisis that has pitted Qatar against its neighbours.Somalia is meant to be getting ready to take charge of its own security. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was coined as a “peace support” mission in 2007, to help Somali forces oust the Al-Qaeda linked Al Shabaab insurgent group from the capital Mogadishu. But its six-month mandate kept being expanded, and a decade later it is still there. It is now comprised of over 21,000 troops from six contributing African nations.Whilst it has been indispensable in pushing back Al Shabaab and in providing some fragile security, it can’t by any standards be thought of as a “support” mission anymore. AMISOM effectively replaced the Somali National Army (SNA) in combatting Al Shabaab. But now, it is talking about winding back its presence in the country.AMISOM wants to withdraw a thousand troops by February 2019, and aims to be handing back all security responsibilities to the SNA and leaving Somalia by 2020 to 2021.There are no guarantees that this will go ahead as planned. Abdullahi Boru, a Somalia analyst, told Al Bawaba:“While Amisom has indicated its withdrawal, the situation in the Horn of Africa has seen sea change over the last few months, that, that decision could be reversed. I am not suggesting anything has been agreed as of yet, but having Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea (which has been accused of supporting Al Shabaab) on side will have a significant impact on the security situation on the ground. At the practical level, withdrawal of troops when the security situation on the ground has not changed will increase the number of attacks by Al Shabaab, and other opportunistic criminal outfits.”// But however AMISOM’s departure eventually pans out, the SNA is still a very long way from ready to assume its duties. The army has been provided with training by a number of countries - including the US, the UK, Turkey, Sudan and Egypt. But each of these militaries has differences, from how to salute to different chains of command. Reassembling the SNA into a coherent unit after it has been trained in myriad different ways will be an uphill struggle.Add to that the fact that the SNA is chronically low on resources. Somali security forces are short of everything from radios to paper and pencils. Their access to weapons is ad hoc, and corruption is rife. How things will look when the SNA assumes control from AMISOM is anybody’s guess, but it’s safe to say that it won’t be easy for them to hold the existing gains made against Al Shabaab.But a bigger security problem could be on the horizon, and it ironically comes from within Somalia’s own government system. In the past few days, five of the country’s federal states, including the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, have severed ties with the Federal Government of President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo. The leaders of the states in question say that the move is to put pressure on the government, and push it to meet its goals.Farmaajo’s government is aiming for the country to have its first election with universal suffrage - “One Person, One Vote” - since the decades-long Siad Barre dictatorship. So far, the security situation has rendered this impossible. Farmaajo’s government was elected by a complex system of selection by clan leaders, as a preliminary move towards universal elections. There are a lot of doubts about whether this will be possible within the next two years. But if the government fails, it will be a major blow to its credibility.The problem is that the Somali federal system, and the country’s complex colonial history, means that there is only so much will for unity anyway. States regularly pursue their own agendas, and greater autonomy. And while there are plenty of legitimate grievances to be had with Mogadishu, it’s the country’s inconsistent relationships with the Gulf states that is cleaving the deepest divisions in Somalia right now.Up until last April, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were some of the Farmaajo government’s closest international partners. The UAE was Somalia’s largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia bought the majority of the livestock that Somalia exports.However, when these two countries led the blockade of Qatar in 2017, they pushed for all countries in the region to sever ties with Doha. But unlike many countries which kept quiet and maintained their links to Doha anyway, Farmaajo seemed to feel the need to openly declare Somalia’s neutrality in the Gulf crisis. (That may have been a gesture of quasi-solidarity with Turkey, which is Somalia’s largest foreign investor).The scene of the horrific October 2017 bombing by Al Shabaab in Mogadishu (AFP)This wasn’t good enough for the blockading states, and relations began to sour. Tensions between Farmaajo’s government and the UAE were already rising due to the latter’s relentless, and divisive port building campaign around the Horn of Africa. The UAE is upsetting Mogadishu by developing its own ports in Somali regions that are striving for autonomy from Somalia. One in Berbera, Somaliland, a self-declared independent state, and the other at Bosaso, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.The Federal Government sees this as undermining its authority vis-a-vis the state authorities. And they wouldn’t be wrong to do so – the UAE unsurprisingly likes to deal with state rather than central authorities, which give it a freer hand to pursue its interests.But things came to a head in April this year when an Emirati plane stuffed with $10 million in cash was found on a Mogadishu runway. Whilst the UAE insisted this was for the salaries of the soldiers it was training, the Federal Government didn’t buy it, and assumed the money was for influencing state politicians. The UAE pulled out its training support for the SNA in response, and its relations with Mogadishu are on ice. But Qatar has seemingly rushed in to fill the vacuum the UAE left.Farmaajo was courted with a state visit to Doha a month later, on which Qatar pledged hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aid to Somalia. And there is reason to believe Qatar’s influence is even further reaching. In recent weeks, the Somali intelligence agency NISA sacked a former deputy director for revealing that Al Shabaab had infiltrated the agency. His replacement is the former Al Jazeera bureau chief for Somalia, who is widely suspected to be pushing Qatari interests in his new position.To whatever extent this is true, the suspicion alone is a troubling development for Somali security. One of the key drivers of the current fallout between the striking states and Farmaajo’s Federal Government is disagreement over UAE relations, since federal states have a lot to gain or lose depending on their relationship with it. This is particularly true for the semi-autonomous regions, who are looking to leverage the Gulf conflict for their own interests. Abdullahi Boru added:“Somaliland and Puntland have been vying for control of the Sool and Sanaag regions because of their strategic link to the Gulf of Aden to the Ethiopian border. The increase of interest from the Gulf Countries post their fall out, has embolden the devolved authorities.”Equally, the UAE is proving itself adept at circumventing Mogadishu’s rule by dealing directly with state authorities. If Qatar is suspected of having too much influence in the Federal Government, the UAE will play states off against it, and vice versa. But this could come at a very significant security cost as AMISOM works to extract itself from Somalia.// The SNA is already fractured. But the army cannot operate effectively across a nation if individual states will not cooperate with the central government. And this is a weakness that Al Shabaab, an insurgency with deep roots in the Somali population, and with a history of innovatively undermining the government, will be sure to exploit.





After 15 years of elephants, Somalia...





A very popular bullion coin, the Somali Elephant is now in its fifteenth year. While it has displayed a pretty good variety of designs over the years, it must get harder and harder to come up with something new, so the producer has decided to add a second subject to the mix. This should run alongside the elephant, but for how long we don’t yet know.The subject chosen is an apex predator and one of the most beautiful animals in nature – the Leopard. The coin looks okay. It isn’t a particularly dynamic design, but here’s hoping it builds into a nice varied selection as the years go by. Available as a 1oz silver with a 30,000 mintage, or as a 1oz gold with a 1,000 mintage, this is a bit rarer than the norm, especially given the ever increasing numbers of elephants. Available to order from APMEX right now, availability should spread over the next few datys.
REVERSE: Features a full image of a leopard looking back over his left shoulder. In the background is a natural setting of a rocky landscape.
OBVERSE: Displays the Somalian Coat of Arms and the date along with the face value.





Somali FM receives EU Chargé d’Affaires






MOGADISHU – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad received  the charge d’affaires of the European Union Delegation to Somalia, Mr. Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz.
Both sides discussed on issues of mutual concern, including international and regional developments.
The European Union is one of the main donors to improve the security situation in Somalia through AMISOM forces as well as training the Somali security forces to strengthen the stability and development of the country recovering from the scourge of civil wars and armed violence.





Third Girl Dies in Somalia After...






A 10-year-old girl has died in Somalia due to complications from female genital mutilation (FGM).
Mumtaz Qorane was the third child to die in the country this week after undergoing the practice, which is also known as female circumcision.
Dr. Mohamed Hussein Aden tells VOA's Somali service that the girl underwent the procedure three days ago in the countryside near the town of Goldogob, and contracted tetanus afterward.
He said a medical team sent to bring her to a hospital in the town of Galkayo was told Monday morning that the girl had died.
Aden received an emergency call about the girl’s grave condition on Sunday while talking to VOA Somali about the death of two sisters, Asiya Farah Abdi Warsame and Khadija Farah Abdi Warsame, who bled to death following FGM.
Doctors and activists said the girls died in Bur Salah village about 75 kilometers west of Galkayo, but the mutilation took place about a week ago near Galladi, across the border in the Somali region of Ethiopia.
Galkayo hospital is the main health facility used by nomads who live along the border areas between Somalia and Ethiopia.
Dr. Mohamed Hussein Aden said the two girls who died in Bur Salah were aged 10 and 11, adding, "There is no other way to describe it, it's brutal."
Activists are demanding an end to female circumcision, calling it a dangerous ritual with no practical benefits.
The practice involves removing part or all of the clitoris and labia for non-medical reasons. The World Health Organization (WHO) says cutting, often performed on girls 15 and younger, can result in bleeding, infection, problems with urination and complications with childbearing.





Somalia under renewed scrutiny over FGM...





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Somalia under renewed scrutiny over FGM after two more young girls die
Death of sisters aged 10 and 11 undermines hopes of change inspired by announcement of landmark prosecution

Two more girls in Somalia have died after undergoing female genital mutilation, just weeks after a high-profile case prompted the attorney general to announce the first prosecution against the practice in the country’s history.
Two sisters, aged 10 and 11, bled to death last week after they were cut in the remote pastoral village of Arawda North in Galdogob district, Puntland, said activist Hawa Aden Mohamed of the Galkayo Centre.
The deaths of Aasiyo and Khadijo Farah Abdi Warsame have come at a time of transition in Somalia, where 98% of all women and girls undergo FGM, the highest rate in the world. Most cases go unreported.
The case of Deeqa Dahir Nuur, 10, who haemorrhaged to death in July after she was operated on by a traditional cutter, prompted Somalia’s attorney general Ahmed Ali Dahir to send a team of investigators to her remote village with the aim of prosecuting those involved in her death.
The move was heralded at the time as a “defining moment for Somalia” by Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid, the deputy prime minister, , who said: “It is not acceptable that in the 21st century FGM is continuing in Somalia. It should not be part of our culture. It is definitely not part of the Islamic religion.”
However, activists in the country say the death of the two sisters proves that the government is not moving quickly enough to prevent further incidents.
“It is shocking that, with the massive publicity of the Deeqa case and subsequent commitment by the Somali government to do more, on the ground change does not yet seem to be happening,” said Brendan Wynne of Donor Direct Action, an international women’s group that runs a fund to end FGM. “Girls continue to die from this devastating abuse while we wait for politicians to move.”
FGM is technically illegal in Puntland, a semi-autonomous state in north-eastern Somalia, where lawmakers recently approved legislation outlawing the practice.
“Yet there seems to be reluctance in discussing and passing the anti-FGM law in Puntland, which was recently approved by the cabinet,” said Mohamed.
“We hope that this will serve as a wake-up call for those responsible to see the need to have the law in place to protect girls from this heinous practice.”
Most girls in Somalia undergo the most severe form of circumcision – during which external genitalia are removed or repositioned and the vaginal opening is sewn up, leaving only a small hole through which to pass menstrual blood – between the ages of five and nine. The operation is often performed by untrained midwives or healers using knives, razors or broken glass.
The two girls underwent the surgery on 10 September but bled continuously for 24 hours, said Mohamed. Their mother tried to take them to nearby Bursallah town to seek medical help but the girls died during the journey, according to Mohamed.
Somali-born FGM survivor and campaigner Ifrah Ahmed said the sisters’ deaths were “very upsetting” given Puntland’s professed interest in outlawing the practice.
“I’m still in shock after Deeqa’s death and hearing this [news] is very upsetting, very sad, losing two little girls again to female genital mutilation,” said Ahmed.
“Puntland has approved the anti-FGM bill and still young girls are losing their lives. Immediate action needs to be taken by international donors who support Somalia, and by the federal government of Somalia [itself].”





Dhulka Hooyo Project: Celebrating...





Sara Jabril started the “ Dhulka Hooyo Project “ after stumbling upon an old family photo album.This online photography project unveils the beauty and rich cultural heritage of Somalia in the 1980s, before the civil war.*
All photos were taken by Sabine, Sara’s mother.Born in West Germany, she met her future husband in the early 80’s and in 1985, she hopped on a plane to Mogadishu, a city she barely knew! With her camera in hand, she documented their stay and road trips across the beautiful country.
In Somali language, one could translate “Dhulka Hooyo” by homeland or motherland. A quite befitting title as Somalia was home to all the people forced to leave the country because of the civil war that broke out.
The “ Dhulka Hooyo Project “ is also a tribute to the resilience of the Somali people, and a source of inspiration for its youth dispersed throughout the diaspora.
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Somali PM rejects foreign mediation in...





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Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre has said that his government would not accept foreign mediation between the member states and the federal government.Mr Khayre was reacting to suggestions from the leaders of the federal states that a third party be invited to any talks between them and the Mogadishu-based Somali government.The Premier made the declaration on Sunday at a ceremony held in Mogadishu to re-launch a self-help programme called Isxilqaan.The leaders of the five member states of the federal government, namely Puntland, Jubaland, Southwest, Hirshabelle and Galmudug on September 8 issued a communiqué withdrawing cooperation with the central government.Natural resourcesThe communiqué followed a conference held in Kismayu, 500km south of Mogadishu.
The regional leaders expressed grievances on insecurity, the sharing of natural resources and the interference by the central government in the affairs of the member states, which they want addressed before resumption of cooperation.Mr Khayre, however, asserted that the days of Somali leaders seeking foreign mediation on internal issues were over. He reiterated that all differences should be sorted out through compromises.“We welcome that all grievances are cleared through dialogue and compromises, considering the interest of the Somali people,” said Mr Khayre.He particularly noted that Mogadishu could host a meeting of the Somali leaders, indirectly rejecting the suggestion that the capital was insecure.Our sovereignty“We cannot accept people saying that Mogadishu’s security was unreliable,” Mr Khayre stressed.“This is the Somali capital. A city in which we have all invested and stands as a symbol of our sovereignty,” he added.Presidents Ahmed Mohamed Islam Madobe of Jubbaland, Mohamed Abdi Ware of Hirshabelle, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas of Puntland, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden of Southwest and Ahmed Duale Gelle Haaf of Galmudug had not responded to call by their Somalia counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to attend a national security council meeting in Mogadishu on Monday.President Farmajo is the chair of the national security council that include the presidents of the members states and the Governor of Banadir region (Mogadishu and surrounding areas).The failure of the regional leaders to attend the meeting would be assumed to be directly related to the suspension of cooperation with the central government announced in Kismayu on September 8.
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Somalia: Somali Parliament Holds Debate...





The Members of Somalia's Lower House chamber of Federal parliament held a debate on the Security issues during today's sitting which came days after a car bomb injured MP.The Security forces were stationed near the Parliament and on Sayidka street and other Roads leading to the House early in the morning.
The MPs debated on the security of the capital amid several insecurity incidents that took place in the city shuttered months of peace.
Barely two days ago, a member of parliament, Mohamed Mursal Barrow has narrowly survived death after an IED fitted into his vehicle went off outside the national theatre in the capital.
Al Shabaab has claimed the responsibility for the attack on the MP and vowed to continue its explosions in the city amid tight security and heavy presence of police on main junctions.





Somalia: Regional Leaders Boycott...





situation reportSep 17, 2018 | 16:37 GMT1 min readWhat Happened: Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire has rejected calls for international assistance after the country's regional leaders chose to boycott a National Security Council meeting scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18, Goobjoog News reported.Why It Matters: Somali authorities designed the National Security Council to become the principal mechanism for security coordination between the country's federal and regional governments. Without it, Somalia will struggle to create a national army capable of combatting militancy and taking over from the U.N.-backed peacekeeping force, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).Background: Somalia's member states broke ties with the federal government on Sept. 8, plunging the country into a political crisis. The country has struggled with civil war for decades, and AMISOM has been active there since 2007. Read More:Connected ContentRegions & CountriesCopyright © Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.





EXCLUSIVE: Former Wa All Stars coach...





Alhaji Mumuni Sokpari has been appointed coach of Somali top flight side Elman FC, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively report.
Sokpari touched down in the capital city of the Northern African country, Mogadishu over the weekend ahead of his imminent signing.
The soft-spoken gaffer has been out of work since he was sacked by former Ghana Premier League champions Wa All Stars six months ago, after failing to extricate the side's disappointing campaign.
Sokpari was with the Northern Blues for close to a decade.





Third Girl Dies in Somalia After...





Harun MarufMonday September 17, 2018
A 10-year-old girl has died in Somalia due to complications from female genital mutilation (FGM).
Mumtaz Qorane was the third child to die in the country this week after undergoing the practice, which is also known as female circumcision.
Dr. Mohamed Hussein Aden tells VOA's Somali service that the girl underwent the procedure three days ago in the countryside near the town of Goldogob, and contracted tetanus afterward.
He said a medical team sent to bring her to a hospital in the town of Galkayo was told Monday morning that the girl had died.
Aden received an emergency call about the girl’s grave condition on Sunday while talking to VOA Somali about the death of two sisters, Asiya Farah Abdi Warsame and Khadija Farah Abdi Warsame, who bled to death following FGM.
Ads By Google Doctors and activists said the girls died in Bur Salah village about 75 kilometers west of Galkayo, but the mutilation took place about a week ago near Galladi, across the border in the Somali region of Ethiopia.
Galkayo hospital is the main health facility used by nomads who live along the border areas between Somalia and Ethiopia.
Dr. Mohamed Hussein Aden said the two girls who died in Bur Salah were aged 10 and 11, adding, "There is no other way to describe it, it's brutal."
Activists are demanding an end to female circumcision, calling it a dangerous ritual with no practical benefits.
The practice involves removing part or all of the clitoris and labia for non-medical reasons. The World Health Organization (WHO) says cutting, often performed on girls 15 and younger, can result in bleeding, infection, problems with urination and complications with childbearing.
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Somalia is Becoming a Pawn in a UAE-...





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Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo in Abu Dhabi, April 2017 | Somali Embassy UAEBy Eleanor BeevorIt’s been a breathless few weeks for the Horn of Africa in general, and for Somalia in particular. A historic agreement was signed between Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia to end all hostilities between them. Straight afterwards, Eritrea reconciled with Djibouti. For the first time in decades, it seems that the regional capitals are sincerely ready to make peace, and to build on it. But though this is no doubt good news, it will not solve Somalia’s internal strife. This week, Somalia’s future is looking extremely uncertain. And that is – at least partly - because it has become embroiled in the Gulf crisis that has pitted Qatar against its neighbours.Somalia is meant to be getting ready to take charge of its own security. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) was coined as a “peace support” mission in 2007, to help Somali forces oust the Al-Qaeda linked Al Shabaab insurgent group from the capital Mogadishu. But its six-month mandate kept being expanded, and a decade later it is still there. It is now comprised of over 21,000 troops from six contributing African nations.Whilst it has been indispensable in pushing back Al Shabaab and in providing some fragile security, it can’t by any standards be thought of as a “support” mission anymore. AMISOM effectively replaced the Somali National Army (SNA) in combatting Al Shabaab. But now, it is talking about winding back its presence in the country.AMISOM wants to withdraw a thousand troops by February 2019, and aims to be handing back all security responsibilities to the SNA and leaving Somalia by 2020 to 2021.
There are no guarantees that this will go ahead as planned. Abdullahi Boru, a Somalia analyst, told Al Bawaba:“While Amisom has indicated its withdrawal, the situation in the Horn of Africa has seen sea change over the last few months, that, that decision could be reversed. I am not suggesting anything has been agreed as of yet, but having Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea (which has been accused of supporting Al Shabaab) on side will have a significant impact on the security situation on the ground. At the practical level, withdrawal of troops when the security situation on the ground has not changed will increase the number of attacks by Al Shabaab, and other opportunistic criminal outfits.”// But however AMISOM’s departure eventually pans out, the SNA is still a very long way from ready to assume its duties. The army has been provided with training by a number of countries - including the US, the UK, Turkey, Sudan and Egypt. But each of these militaries has differences, from how to salute to different chains of command. Reassembling the SNA into a coherent unit after it has been trained in myriad different ways will be an uphill struggle.Add to that the fact that the SNA is chronically low on resources. Somali security forces are short of everything from radios to paper and pencils. Their access to weapons is ad hoc, and corruption is rife. How things will look when the SNA assumes control from AMISOM is anybody’s guess, but it’s safe to say that it won’t be easy for them to hold the existing gains made against Al Shabaab.But a bigger security problem could be on the horizon, and it ironically comes from within Somalia’s own government system. In the past few days, five of the country’s federal states, including the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, have severed ties with the Federal Government of President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo. The leaders of the states in question say that the move is to put pressure on the government, and push it to meet its goals.Farmaajo’s government is aiming for the country to have its first election with universal suffrage - “One Person, One Vote” - since the decades-long Siad Barre dictatorship. So far, the security situation has rendered this impossible. Farmaajo’s government was elected by a complex system of selection by clan leaders, as a preliminary move towards universal elections. There are a lot of doubts about whether this will be possible within the next two years. But if the government fails, it will be a major blow to its credibility.The problem is that the Somali federal system, and the country’s complex colonial history, means that there is only so much will for unity anyway. States regularly pursue their own agendas, and greater autonomy. And while there are plenty of legitimate grievances to be had with Mogadishu, it’s the country’s inconsistent relationships with the Gulf states that is cleaving the deepest divisions in Somalia right now.Up until last April, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were some of the Farmaajo government’s closest international partners. The UAE was Somalia’s largest trading partner, and Saudi Arabia bought the majority of the livestock that Somalia exports.However, when these two countries led the blockade of Qatar in 2017, they pushed for all countries in the region to sever ties with Doha. But unlike many countries which kept quiet and maintained their links to Doha anyway, Farmaajo seemed to feel the need to openly declare Somalia’s neutrality in the Gulf crisis. (That may have been a gesture of quasi-solidarity with Turkey, which is Somalia’s largest foreign investor).The scene of the horrific October 2017 bombing by Al Shabaab in Mogadishu (AFP)This wasn’t good enough for the blockading states, and relations began to sour. Tensions between Farmaajo’s government and the UAE were already rising due to the latter’s relentless, and divisive port building campaign around the Horn of Africa. The UAE is upsetting Mogadishu by developing its own ports in Somali regions that are striving for autonomy from Somalia. One in Berbera, Somaliland, a self-declared independent state, and the other at Bosaso, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.The Federal Government sees this as undermining its authority vis-a-vis the state authorities. And they wouldn’t be wrong to do so – the UAE unsurprisingly likes to deal with state rather than central authorities, which give it a freer hand to pursue its interests.But things came to a head in April this year when an Emirati plane stuffed with $10 million in cash was found on a Mogadishu runway. Whilst the UAE insisted this was for the salaries of the soldiers it was training, the Federal Government didn’t buy it, and assumed the money was for influencing state politicians. The UAE pulled out its training support for the SNA in response, and its relations with Mogadishu are on ice. But Qatar has seemingly rushed in to fill the vacuum the UAE left.Farmaajo was courted with a state visit to Doha a month later, on which Qatar pledged hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aid to Somalia. And there is reason to believe Qatar’s influence is even further reaching. In recent weeks, the Somali intelligence agency NISA sacked a former deputy director for revealing that Al Shabaab had infiltrated the agency. His replacement is the former Al Jazeera bureau chief for Somalia, who is widely suspected to be pushing Qatari interests in his new position.To whatever extent this is true, the suspicion alone is a troubling development for Somali security. One of the key drivers of the current fallout between the striking states and Farmaajo’s Federal Government is disagreement over UAE relations, since federal states have a lot to gain or lose depending on their relationship with it. This is particularly true for the semi-autonomous regions, who are looking to leverage the Gulf conflict for their own interests. Abdullahi Boru added:“Somaliland and Puntland have been vying for control of the Sool and Sanaag regions because of their strategic link to the Gulf of Aden to the Ethiopian border. The increase of interest from the Gulf Countries post their fall out, has embolden the devolved authorities.”Equally, the UAE is proving itself adept at circumventing Mogadishu’s rule by dealing directly with state authorities. If Qatar is suspected of having too much influence in the Federal Government, the UAE will play states off against it, and vice versa. But this could come at a very significant security cost as AMISOM works to extract itself from Somalia.// The SNA is already fractured. But the army cannot operate effectively across a nation if individual states will not cooperate with the central government. And this is a weakness that Al Shabaab, an insurgency with deep roots in the Somali population, and with a history of innovatively undermining the government, will be sure to exploit.





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PM Khaire calls for rebuilding Somalia






Muqdisho – Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Sunday night participated in an introductory ceremony of the Is-xilqaan program in Mogadishu.
Banadir region Governor, Ministers, MPs along with citizens came together for the Is-xilqaan program implementation ceremony.
PM Khaire emphasized to participants the importance of the Is-xilqaan program stating that it is an opportunity to rebuild the country, whilst providing a better future for the youth.
The Prime Minister encouraged Somali citizens to contribute monetarily, volunteer their time, to unite for taking part in achieving national interest.
Khaire stated “Citizens must come together to rebuild the country as a whole through the is-xilqaan program. All national leaders must do their part towards rebuilding our country.”
In August 2018, during the Garow meeting, the cabinet officially approved “Is-xilqaan” program which government and civilians will jointly rebuild roads, historical places and government institutional buildings.





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