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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Air Uganda’s new jet to fly Mogadishu, Kilimanjaro route

(Medeshi)- By ISAAC KHISA The East African.
Air Uganda will launch a new route to Mogadishu and reintroduce flights between Entebbe and Kilimanjaro International Airport following the recent acquisition of a third Bombardier CRJ-200 jet.
The new 50-seater aircraft, leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) USA for an initial five-year period, will help harmonise the fleet around the CRJ and consolidate the firm’s growth in the regional market.

Why Elections Matter in Somaliland

(Medeshi)- ANALYSIS - As news and analysis emerges from the second UK-Somalia conference in London, the absence of the government of Somaliland is noticeable. Somalia and Somaliland are bound by many longstanding ties, but over the past two decades their political trajectories have diverged. As institutions in Somalia have crumbled under the weight of protracted sectarian violence, Somalilanders have made considerable headway in building a functioning democratic system of government. While political developments in Somaliland should not be romanticised, they are worth examining and reflecting upon.

Somaliland : Road signs installed in Hargeisa

(Medeshi)- Under the UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery, UN-Habitat has been implementing the Urban Road Classification and Road Naming in Hargeisa Project, which was initiated as a pilot project to help create a foundation for the development of an urban road network plan for fast-growing Hargeisa. UN-Habitat has supported the Municipality of Hargeisa through the project’s technical committee to develop a technical specification guideline for manufacturing and installing the street/road signage in Hargeisa.

Friday, May 10, 2013

London : An invitation to the commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the re-assertion of Somaliland independence

(Medeshi)- You are cordially invited to the commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of the re-assertion of Somaliland independence which will be held on Saturday 18 May 2013 at the Barnet football club. The event will be hosted by the Somaliland UK Mission and the Somaliland community in the United Kingdom.

VOA report : Some Somali government officials are supporting pirates (+ Video)

(Medeshi)- VOA reporter Mary Alice Salinas joins On Assignment's Alex Villarreal to examine the problem of piracy off the Somali coast. While the attacks have decreased in number recently, they still cost the world billions of dollars a year. And although many governments are working together to stop the pirates, Mary Alice says one expert she interviewed said some government officials are supporting them instead.

The UN’s integrated mission in Somalia

(Medeshi)- NAIROBI, 10 May 2013 (IRIN) - Following the unanimous adoption of a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution setting up an integrated mission in Somalia, the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) will be set up for an initial one-year period beginning on 3 June; it will be based in the capital Mogadishu. 

The UN defines an integrated mission as one in which there is a shared vision among all the UN actors at country level.

London : Khadar Hussein shot dead in Penge

(Medeshi)- Two teenagers have been murdered in London in a 24 hour cycle of violence.
In the latest incident a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in a fight with another youth in Forest Gate, east London at around 2pm yesterday.
Champion Ganda, 17, died at the scene and another 16-year-old was treated for stab wounds in hospital.
Hours earlier a 19-year-old died in his hospital bed from a gunshot wound to the head.
The teenager, named by police as Khadar Hussein of Beckenham, was shot in a dispute in the street in Penge just before 8pm on Wednesday.

Somalia - Mobile clinic to cater for 10,000 IDPs in Puntland

(Medeshi)- IOM and Puntland’s Ministry of Health this week jointly opened a mobile health clinic that will cater for some 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their surrounding host communities in Garowe, the capital of Puntland, State of Somalia.

Jobs: Communications Officer - British Office for Somalia

(Medeshi)- The British Office for Somalia, through its office in Nairobi wishes to recruit an LE Communications Officer. This position is initially on a one (1) year contract.  The British High Commission (BHC) – Nairobi & British Office for Somalia consists of 360 employees with a wide variety of experience and job roles, representing more than 10 government departments working within Kenya and Somalia.  The job is graded at LE II for which the current salary scale starts at Ksh. 185,628/- per month before deduction of tax.  Where the jobholder is not liable to Kenyan tax the scale will be abated under HM Treasury rules and starts at Ksh. 136,067/- per month to take account of the tax they would have paid.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hamish Wilson: Presentation on the rebirth of Somaliland (Video)

(Medeshi)- Hamish Wilson: Presentation about the Borama conference in 1993 and the rebirth of the Republic of Somaliland at African Research Institute on 01.05.2013.

UN: Up to 3,000 AU Peacekeepers Killed in Somalia Since 2007

(Medeshi)- Reuters - May 09, 2013 - UNITED NATIONS — As many as 3,000 African Union peacekeepers have been killed in Somalia in recent years in an attempt to end an Islamist insurgency and bring stability to the Horn of Africa nation, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.
“I want to pay tribute to the countries and to their soldiers who paid such an enormously heavy price,'' U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters.

Eritrea: Rampant repression 20 years after independence

(Medeshi)- Twenty years after its independence, Eritrea’s prisons are filled with thousands of political prisoners, locked up without ever being charged with a crime, many of whom are never heard from again, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

Swedish Migration Board reports decreased immigration from Somalia

(Medeshi)- The Swedish Migration Board still expects that 54,000 asylum seekers will arrive in 2013, but so far this year, fewer asylum seekers have arrived from Syria, Afghanistan and the Middle East than had previously been expected. This is mainly due to a tighter border controls on the EU's external borders, which are the result of the economic crisis in Europe and an increasingly strict migration policy in many countries.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Somaliland Business Fund : Mistakes of the first round should not be repeated

(Medeshi)- I read with disappointment  a report published in Qarannews a month ago about the results of the distribution of the Business Fund among the Somaliland businesses (small grant awards rd 1) . Incidentally I received an invitation today to  attend an event in London on May 9 for an outreach SBF Round 2 Events during which SBF will be arranging information sessions for the Diaspora in the UK. SBF promises the inclusion of  communities from Hargeisa, Borama, Burao, Berbera, Las Anod, Erigavo, Gabiley and Wajale as published in their website .

New Tom Hanks Somali Pirate Movie HD - Trailer

(Medeshi)- Columbia Pictures' action-thriller Captain Phillips stars two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks in the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Arms embargo lifted, but Somalia cannot afford weapons - minister

(Medeshi)- London |Reuters| - Somalia's armed forces have not received "a single bullet" despite the partial lifting of a United Nations arms embargo because the East African country lacks funds, its defence minister said on Wednesday.

President Silanyo: We reiterate the importance of addressing the political independence of Somaliland

(Medeshi) - In response to the International Somalia Conference final communiqué President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo said:

UK's HMRC to help Ethiopia and Tanzania collect taxes

(Medeshi)- Aim is to reduce reliance on overseas funds while ministers hope to distract from lack of aid commitment. The government is to help Ethiopia and Tanzania to build their tax-raising powers and so reduce their dependency on overseas aid to run an effective government.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

With Ban's Deputy at Somalia Conference, UN Dodges on Somaliland

(Medeshi)- By Matthew Russell Lee - Inter city press -UN, May 7 -- When the UN announced on May 3 that its Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson would represent the Organization at today's London Conference on Somalia, Inner City Press immediately asked if it's the UN's understanding that Somaliland is represented at the conference.
The context of the request was the refusal in early April to circulate Somaliland's letter to members of the UN Security Council, as exclusively covered by Inner City Press, here.

Somalia wins cash, military aid at London donor summit

(Medeshi)- |Reuters| - Somalia won international pledges of extra cash and military assistance on Tuesday at a major conference convened to help the East African country cope with the twin threats of Islamic militancy and piracy.
Somalia's government is seeking to impose stability in a country ravaged by two decades of civil war, lawlessness and famine, and by its own admission it needs help from outside to rebuild decimated infrastructure and institutions.

Somaliland : 4 die after floods sweep away their vehicle between Hargeisa and Berbera

Earlier photo of vehicle crossing
Da'ar Budhug river stream
(Medeshi)- Monday , May 6- 2013 - Four among five members of a family who came back from a funeral of a relative  killed by a lightening in Daar Budhug were killed on Monday after their vehicle was swept away by floods at Da'ar Budhug dry-river crossing between Hargeisa and  Berbera.
Only one person was  luckily rescued by the people of the village while the rest of the family are confirmed dead . The names of the dead are :
1- Dega Abdilaahi Nur
2- Nadira Ali Mahamed
3- Sa’ad Ali Mahamed
4- Hassan Mahamed Jibril

London- International Somalia Conference final communique

(Medeshi)- The Somalia Conference took place at Lancaster House on 7 May 2013, co-hosted by the UK and Somalia, and attended by fifty-four friends and partners of Somalia.
We met at a pivotal moment for Somalia. Last year Somalia’s eight-year transition ended and Somalia chose a new, more legitimate Parliament, President and Government. Security is improving, as Somali and AMISOM forces, and their Ethiopian allies, recover towns and routes from Al Shabaab.

London's Somalia conference does not recognise Somaliland – we cannot go - President Silanyo

(Medeshi)- The Horn of Africa has for too long been one of the world's most troubled regions. It has been defined, for good reason, by conflict, repression, famine, terrorism and piracy.
So it is a sign of hope that 50 countries and organisations will meet in London this week to discuss how to help the new government of Somalia forge a better future for its citizens. This high-profile conference shows Somalia is getting international attention.

London - Somalia Conference 2013: PM details help for new government

(Medeshi)- The Prime Minister has today set out how more can be done to help the Somali government at a co-hosted conference in London. The 7 May Somalia Conference is aimed at providing international support to the new federal government’s plans.

London - Somalia Conference 2013: Prime Minister's speech

(Medeshi)- Prime Minister David Cameron's speech to the Somalia Conference in London on 7 May, 2013. This is a transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered.
The Somalia Conference 2013 is aimed at providing international support to the new federal government’s plans.
Prime Minister
It’s a great pleasure to welcome you all to London and a particular pleasure to welcome President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as my co-chair today.

Press release : Somalia Conference 2013: Opening Speech

(Medeshi)- The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud gave the opening address at the Somalia Conference today. This is the text of the President’s speech as drafted, which may differ slightly from the delivered version delivered today in London.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Somalia needs a Marshall plan, president says before aid meeting

(Medeshi)- Somalia needs its own Marshall plan to recover from decades of poverty, civil war and terrorism, says the country’s president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
Mr Mohamud made his appeal for a large-scale, comprehensive aid package as more than 50 nations and organisations, including the US, Turkey and the African Union, meet in London on Tuesday to discuss Somalia’s future. Read more at Financial Times 

Somaliland wants better Ethiopia ties

(Medeshi)- ADDIS ABABA: By Mohammed Awad BN - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and his Somaliland counterpart Ahmed Mohammed Silanyo met on Saturday in a continued effort to boost relations between the East African government after months of tension over violence and military action.

“It was a great meeting and we feel confident that there will be ways of reaching out and delivering progress on the front of peace and solidarity,” an Ethiopian official in the PM’s office told Bikyanews.com.

Somaliland will not attend Somalia Conference

(Medeshi)- The Government of the Republic of Somaliland has regretfully declined the invitation by the British Government to attend the Somalia Conference taking place in London on 7 May.
The Government cannot participate in a conference that does not acknowledge the unique status of Somaliland, and therefore compromises Somaliland’s campaign for international recognition.

London : Follow the Somalia Conference online

(Medeshi) - The Foreign Commonwealth Office will  be covering the Somalia Conference live on social media and on the website.

The telephone, the new weapon of Eritreans in exile

(Medeshi)- AFP | Galvanised by the Arab spring, Eritreans in exile in Europe are mobilising against the authoritarian regime of President Issaias Afeworki with a new tool -- the humble telephone.

Every week, members of the diaspora make hundreds or even thousands of automated calls to their compatriots in the eastern African nation, chosing their numbers at random and playing them one-minute recorded messages to spread dissent.

Saudis held over Tanzania terror attack

People wounded by the blast receive treatment at a hospital in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha on 5 May 2013(Medeshi)- Eight people - including four of Saudi origin - have been arrested over an explosion that killed two people at a church in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha on Sunday, police say.
President Jakaya Kikwete condemned the blast as an "act of terrorism".
No group has said it was behind the explosion, which left at least 50 people wounded.

Somalia: London Meeting Should Emphasize Rights

(Medeshi)- Donors Should Support Rule of Law, Women’s Rights Efforts - (London) – International donors meeting in London to discuss the new Somali government’s reform agenda should make accountability and women’s rights a priority, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper sent to conference participants. On May 7, 2013, over 50 countries will convene to discuss the government’s strategic plans for justice, police, and army reform, prevention of sexual violence, and financial management.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Qatari delegation survives Somalia car bomb (+ Photos|)

(Medeshi)- Mogadishu: A car bomb hit a convoy of cars carrying Qatari officials through the centre of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing at least eight Somalis, officials said.
The visiting delegation of Qataris, who were travelling in the Somali interior minister’s bullet-proof vehicle, were “safe”, a security officer said, without going into further detail. The minister was not in the car at the time.

Somalia : 11 dead in Mogadishu suicide bomb blast (+ Photos )

(Medeshi)- Mogadishu |AFP| - Around 11 people were killed Sunday when a suicide attacker rammed a car laden with explosives into a government convoy at a busy junction in the Somali capital, police said.

"Several people have been killed, the blast was big, we are gathering details but the number of those killed is around 11," police official Mohamed Adan said.