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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).
 
 
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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...
 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.