28 July 2015 - Daily Monitoring Report‏: No General Elections In 2016 Says Somali Parliament Speaker

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    28 July 2015 - Daily Monitoring Report‏: No General Elections In 2016 Says Somali Parliament Speaker

    Somali Parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari has first time unveiled his views on the set general elections in 2016, saying there can be no general elections, RBC Reports. Addressing on Monday's Somalia Federal Parliament's session, Jawaa

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Somali Parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari has first time unveiled his views on the set general elections in 2016, saying there can be no general elections, RBC Reports. Addressing on Monday's Somalia Federal Parliament's session, Jawaari stated that the scheduled democratic elections cannot be realized in the year of 2016


. "The government and every Somali citizen know that "One Person One Vote” elections cannot happen in Somalia in august 2016″ Jawaari Said. Somalia Federal Government has severally repeated that it will hold a general elections in the country next year but this statement from the Parliament speaker opens way into confusion on the possibility of the scheduled elections.

Key Headlines

  • No General Elections In 2016 Says Somali Parliament Speaker (RBC Radio)
  • National Conference Set To Open In Mogadishu (Wacaal Media)
  • Obama Lauds Ethiopia Over Fight Against Al-Shabaab (Shabelle News)
  • Galmudug Assembly Amends Its Provisional Charter To Appease Puntland (Goobjoog News)
  • Al-Shabaab Attack Will Not Affect ‘Diplomatic Missions’: FM (Garowe Online)
  • SIMHA Condemns The Killing of Journalists In Mogadishu Hotel Attack (Radio Dalsan)China Condemns Somalia Hotel Bombing (CRI English)
  • Obama Rules Out Sending Troops To Somalia (The Economic Times)
  • UK Pledges To Deepen Support To Somalia (Public Finance International)
  • Talented Somali Refugee Dreams Of New Life In America To Honour Father Who Died For His Art (UNHCR.Org)
  • Piracy Analysis: EU Somali Coastguard Initiative Delivers (IHS Maritime 360)

NATIONAL MEDIA

National Conference Set To Open In Mogadishu

28 July - Source: Wacaal Media - 119 Words

A national conference is set to start in Mogadishu on Wednesday, bringing together the country’s semi-autonomous states, the federal government and the international community to discuss the political developments taking root in the country as well as the Vision 2016. Confirming the matter to the local press, Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke said that the recent terrorist attack on a Mogadishu hotel will not prevent the government from serving the Somali Public and all planned events will go on as scheduled amid tight security. The hotel that was hit is normally used by the government and the international community for similar events However, the Premier did not disclose the venue of the latest event.


Obama Lauds Ethiopia Over Fight Against Al-Shabaab

28 July - Source: Shabelle News - 182 Words


US President Barack Obama has praised Ethiopia as an "outstanding partner” in the fight against militant Islamists. Its troops had played a key role in weakening the al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab group in Somalia, Mr Obama said. He was speaking after talks with Ethiopia’s PM Hailemariam Desalegn, during the first ever visit by a sitting US President to the East African state. He also called on Mr Hailemariam to improve Ethiopia’s record on human rights and good governance.

"I don’t bite my tongue too much when it comes to these issues,” he said at a joint press conference in the capital, Addis Ababa. Some rights groups have criticised President Obama’s visit, warning that it could lend credibility to a government accused of jailing journalists and critics. A legal case is currently being fought through the US courts which alleges that agents of the Ethiopian government eavesdropped on the internet activities of a man in the US state of Maryland. The man, born in Ethiopia and now a US citizen, works for a political opposition group outlawed in his home country.


Galmudug Assembly Amends Its Provisional Charter To Appease Puntland

28 July - Source: Goobjoog News - 159 Words

Lawmakers in the Galmudug regional assembly have made crucial changes in its provisional charter to the delight of Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud who hailed the move as heroic and step forward for reconciliation. The assembly has amended article 2 of the charter which deals with the boundaries of Galmudug to address complaints by Puntland State. In the article, Galmudug boundaries are set on the Nugal region which is controlled by Puntland, that created friction between the two states. The assembly has now changed the boundary to Mudug region which is split between Galmudug and Puntland. Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has welcomed the move noting it would help improve inter-states relations. "The reason for state formation is to devolve government system to regional level and to facilitate service delivery; we welcome the amendment made by Galmudug parliament, "said the president. Puntland has yet to comment on this new development.


Al-Shabaab Attack Will Not Affect ‘Diplomatic Missions’: FM

27 July - Source: Garowe Online - 178 Words

Federal Government of Somalia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Abdisalan Omar Hadliye said on Monday that the Al-Shabaab attack on Jazeera Hotel will not have any effect on diplomatic missions in Mogadishu, Garowe Online reports. Somalia Foreign Minister told reporters that diplomats arriving in the country don’t need to be worried about security situation, a day after militants killed Chinese diplomat in truck bomb attack. "The blast was un-Islamic, it was inhumane attack and we send our condolences to the families of those killed,” Hadliye said in remarks to the media.

"Somalia will move forward, and it will not be impeded by futile attacks,” he added, assuring international diplomats of their safety. Al-Shabaab suicide bomber in a truck packed full of explosives hit a luxury hotel frequented by Somali government officials and foreigners on Sunday afternoon. Kenyan Ambassador in the hotel was evacuated by African Union forces, with a Chinese diplomat confirmed dead in the terror attack. Mogadishu is a home to a handful of international missions as Al-Shabaab continues its attacks on the capital.


SIMHA Condemns The Killing of Journalists In Mogadishu Hotel Attack

27 July - Source: Radio Dalsan - 165 Words

Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA) strongly condemns killing of Journalists in Mogadishu’s Jazeera Hotel attack on Sunday. Mohamed Abdirahman Maalim of Universal TV and Abdihakim Omar Mohamed of Somali Broadcasting Corporation lost their lives in the car bomb attack targeted at the hotel on Sunday evening. Another Journalist, Universal Mogadishu chief editor Salman Jamal Said was also wounded in the gruesome attack and is nursing his injuries in Mogadishu hospital.

More than 15 people including foreign nationals were killed in the explosive attack. Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA) Chairman Hassan Ali Gesey has reiterated his call for the protection of Somali Journalists who he said are not affiliated with any political rivals in the country. "It is yet another very unfortunate incident against Somali Journalists who are already facing threats for their work,” he said. "I wish the affected families well as they come to terms this horrible act against innocent journalists,” he concluded.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

China Condemns Somalia Hotel Bombing

28 July - Source: CRI English - 464 Words

China has strongly condemned a terrorist attack in Somalia in which a security guard at the Chinese embassy was killed and three embassy staff wounded. Sunday's suicide car bombing targeting Mogadishu's luxury Jazeera Palace hotel has left at least 15 people dead and more than 40 others injured. A security guard at the Chinese Embassy housed in the hotel died of his wounds and three embassy staff were wounded. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang calls the attack ‘shocking’. "China was greatly shocked by this terrorist attack and we strongly condemn it. The Chinese government feels deep grief for the death of the security guard, and has expressed deep condolences to the Chinese victims and their families."

The six-story hotel also housed several other foreign diplomatic missions. The Al Qaeda-linked militant group Al-Shabaab has said it carried out the attack in retaliation against the recent operations by African Union and Somali forces in southern Somalia. The hotel was targeted because Al-Shabaab says it houses "Western" embassies coordinating the offensive. There's no indication the Chinese mission was specifically targeted. Lu Kang says Chinese embassy staff have been moved to a safer location following the bombing and the wounded are being treated. "China has lodged representation in Mogadishu and Beijing. The Somali side says it will take all necessary measures to treat the wounded and ensure the safety of Chinese organizations and people in Somalia."

Sunday's bombing has also drawn strong condemnation from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has vowed that it will not deter the United Nations from helping Somalia realize a peaceful future. The UN Security Council also says it condemns the bombing "in the strongest terms". Somalia had been in chaos since a civil war broke out in 1991. It wasn't until 2012 that a unity government was put in place. China restored its diplomatic mission in Mogadishu last October, despite the volatile security situation there characterized by regular attacks launched by Al-Shabaab. China's special envoy on African affairs, ambassador Liu Guijin has told CRI that there are actual needs for China to continue its diplomatic mission in Somalia. "Somalia is in great need of reconstruction following more than 20 years of conflict. China used to have a sound relationship with the country.

The Somali government has expressed hope that China can resume those Chinese-aided projects launched before the war, when conditions are right. There are always risks, but in terms of the development of bilateral ties, the needs for us to stay are real." The Chinese Foreign Ministry says it will pay close attention to the situation in Somalia following the suicide bombing and step up security. Measures are also being worked out to protect the safety and interests of Chinese organizations and people in Somalia.


Obama Rules Out Sending Troops To Somalia

28 July - Source: The Economic Times - 266 Words

US President Barack Obama said that his government would not consider sending troops to Somalia, as he sees regional allies Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda as being highly qualified to lead an anti-terrorism operation on the ground. "I think there’s been complementarity in the work that we’ve done together. So we don’t need to send our own Marines, for example, in to do the fighting,” Obama said on Monday during a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn here. "The Ethiopians are tough fighters. And the Kenyans and Ugandans have been serious about putting troops on the ground, at significant sacrifice, because they recognise the importance of stabilising the region.”

The relationship between the US and these countries has been fruitful, Obama described, adding that cooperation has reduced the activities of Somali jihadist group Al Shabaab, but that the threat remains, as evidenced by ongoing attacks such as that on Sunday when at least 10 people were killed in Mogadishu. "Our security cooperation is pushing back against violent extremism,” Obama said, while thanking the Ethiopian government for "its contribution to the African Union Mission in Somalia”, or AMISOM, as it contributes more troops "to UN peacekeeping efforts” than any other country in Africa. The visit to Ethiopia is the second and final leg of Obama’s official visit to Africa, which began with a visit to Kenya, the land where his father was born. Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on Tuesday before the African Union, to become the first US president to speak before the regional institution.


UK Pledges To Deepen Support To Somalia

27 July - Source: Public Finance International - 293 Words

British government minister Grant Shapps has told the Somali people that the UK will increase its humanitarian and development support to Somalia. Shapps, who is minister of state at the Department for International Development (DFID), met with president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and other Somali government ministers at the weekend. The UK minister, who visited Mogadishu and Hargeisa for the first time, pledged new support for renewable energy in Somaliland. A DFID-backed green energy programme will pilot mini hybrid grids, which will combine solar power with existing diesel generators to provide up to 2,000 households with access to reliable, affordable and clean power.

Another pledge will increase access to clean, fresh water in the Hargeisa region which is "important for any country to pull itself out of poverty”, Shapps said during his visit. "Somalia remains at the heart of the UK government’s foreign policy priorities, which includes meeting the country’s crucial humanitarian and development needs,” he continued. "Supporting the creation of a secure, stable and prosperous Somalia is vital for the Somali people, the region and the wider world. This is not only the right thing to do: it is firmly in the UK’s own national interest.”

In 2016, Somalia will hold its first democratic election in more than 40 years, but there are obstacles, among them is the attempted disruption by the extremist Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab. Shapps stressed the importance of a stable and inclusive electoral process, emphasising the critical role the Federal Government has in developing Somali National Security Forces. The Somali government is also making strides in improving its public financial management with authorities attempting to build a more transparent system to attract additional budget assistance.

OPINION, ANALYSIS, AND CULTURE

"Last year, Abdirahim won first prize in the UNHCR Somalia World Refugee Day art competition for a painting on the theme of 'My Somalia' which depicted UNHCR's support to refugees and IDPs.”

Talented Somali Refugee Dreams Of New Life In America To Honour Father Who Died For His Art

27 July - Source: UNHCR.org - 566 Words

It has been said that if you suffer for your art, you will never die. For 16-year-old Abdirahim Abdulkadir Osman, a talented Somali refugee artist, it is the memory of his father's brutal murder that keeps his dreams of a better life in America alive. It was June 2009 when Al Shabaab gunmen forced their way into the home of his father, a teacher and co-founder of the Picasso Art School in Mogadishu. They shot him, along with three of his young children, and violently beat his mother Lul, leaving her in a coma for weeks.

Abdirahim was just 11 years old at the time and attending school with his elder brother Abdulahi. As a result, the pair were spared, along with three other siblings who also escaped the gunmen's fire. "Everyone has something in their life and that school was his life," said Abdirahim about his father, as he sipped on a macchiato coffee in the canteen of the UNHCR office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. "When I was small, he would carry me on his back as he was teaching." After the attack, with his mother lying unconscious in a hospital bed, neighbours hastily arranged for the two eldest boys to flee Mogadishu with them on the next available flight to Hargeisa, in northern Somalia. From there they crossed the border to Ethiopia and found safety at Aw-barre refugee camp where their grandmother was living.

When Abdirahim's mother emerged from her coma and was well enough to travel, she journeyed with her remaining children to Aw-barre. It was an emotional reunion with her eldest sons. Later, she married Abdirahim's uncle after he joined her and her children in Aw-barre in 2011. "We were happy to have a daddy and to be a full family again," said Abdirahim. Life in Aw-barre was tough. He and his brothers and sisters earned a meagre living supplementing their rations by painting signs and posters for UNHCR and other partners during events, including World Refugee day. But, after word of their talent spread, the family were eventually assisted to leave Aw-barre and relocated to Addis where they could use their artistic skills to earn a living. They were also supported by UNHCR's urban refugee programme.


"It's a time bomb for when you withdraw the navy and security measures offshore...This way, the UN has participated in training the pirates. This is straight idiocy...There is a lot of commercial interest in the development sector...People who want to promote their projects and don't want to scrutinise them properly. I am not talking about Somalis here, I am talking about non-African officials as well as African officials within these sectors."

Piracy Analysis: EU Somali Coastguard Initiative Delivers

27 July - Source: IHS Maritime 360 - 1, 027 Words

The EU's capacity building division has delivered more training and equipment to the Somali coast guard in Mogadishu, although experts warn that the trained officers should also be paid if maritime security efforts are not to fail. EUCAP Nestor (Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean) has delivered six Nissan 4×4 vehicles and IT and communications equipment such as computers and GPS devices to enhance on-shore capability and connectivity. Training in navigation and basic maritime investigation has been given over the last 12 months. The future role of the developing Somaliland coastguard in the security and development of the region was discussed at a high level meeting in April. Hosted aboard the EU Naval Force flagship, HNLMS Johan de Witt, it was attended by representatives from Somaliland authorities, international partners, and non-governmental organisations.

However, an expert on Somalia, Dr Stig Hansen, told IHS Maritime that failing to ensure good, regular wages for prison guards and custodial officials was one area where international development efforts continued to fail the region. Hansen, who conducted field research in Mogadishu during 2005-14 and is the author of Al Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, 2005-2012 (Oxford University Press, 2013), said, "It's the biggest crime in Somalia for the last 10 years: raising armies, raising police, raising custodial officials, and not paying them. This helps piracy a lot and it helps Al Shabaab a lot." He said presidents had performed inconsistently when it came to guaranteeing good, regular pay to security sector employees. He pointed out that if officers were not paid, the institutions they were trained to uphold simply did not exist. The risk is that unpaid security players will not uphold the law and may actively act against it.

Top tweets

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@TheVillaSomalia We are very excited about this national #Somali army, as Prez said these are the "sons of this nation."

@UN_Women "Now, it’s the women’s turn.” - U.S. woman announces run for president of #Somalia http://ow.ly/Q43h9 via @womenintheworld

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@Hamza_Africa #Somalia's most dreaded tree - which convicts are tied to before they're shot dead by snipers. http://bit.ly/1DJizu0

@UN_Spokesperson #UNSG Ban Ki-moon condemns attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab yesterday on @jazeerapalace in #Somalia - http://bit.ly/1OLhPek @UNSomalia

@UNMAS UNMAS enables AMISOM and UNSOA to work for peace in Somalia by improving freedom of movement #SomaliaWeek


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