News

Seventeen dead in al-Shabab attack on Somalia ministries

Apr 14 2015
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle, BBC

Al-Shabab militants have attacked a government complex in a busy area of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 17 people dead, including seven assailants.

A car loaded with explosives was driven into the wall surrounding the compound, and gunmen then stormed the building.

Officials say the attack is now over and the building has been secured.

Al-Shabab opposes the UN-backed administration and wants African Union forces to leave Somalia.

Last month, the al-Qaeda-linked insurgents launched a two-day siege at a hotel in Mogadishiu.

Govt shuts Shabelle radio and detains journalists

Apr 03 2015
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle
Somali security forces have raided, shut Shabelle radio and detained a large number of its staff tonight.
 
Forces have also detained customers and guests who happened to be the premises of the network during the raid.
The security forces are reported to be those of the Somali national intelligence and security gency and they have taken away some vital broadcast equipments.

Suicide bombings at Somalia hotel kill, wound many

Feb 20 2015
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle

One person rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gate of a hotel in Somalia’s capital, and another went through the gates and blew himself up, killing at least four people on Friday, including the mayor and a legislator, officials said.

The country’s deputy prime minister was also among those wounded by the bombings at the Central Hotel near the presidential palace, police official Capt. Mohammed Hussein said.

Al-Shabab, an Islamic insurgent group, claimed the responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s radio station, Andulus.

Somali cabinet approves constitution review commission

May 29 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Sabahi

The Somali cabinet on Thursday (May 29th) appointed a five-member committee for the Constitution Review and Implementation Commission, eight months after the government called for the establishment of the commission. 

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who chaired the cabinet meeting, welcomed the appointment of the committee members, who he said are all knowledgeable about the constitution.

Reconciliation conference opens in Gedo

May 26 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Sabahi

A reconciliation conference opened in the Dolow district in Gedo region Monday (May 26th) with representatives from the Interim Jubba Administration (IJA), Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa (ASWJ), the Somali federal government and lawmakers from the Gedo region in attendance, Somalia's Goobjoog News reported.

The conference is expected to lead to reconciliation between  IJA and ASWJ militias that clashed in Bulo Hawo two weeks ago, leaving at least 12 people.

Minister of National Security resigns

May 25 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Somalia’s Minister of National Security has unexpectedly announced his resignation last night on national television, addressing the public on the state-run media network, Somali National TV.

Abdikarim Hussein Guled, the security minister for the Somali Federal Government tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister before officially declaring it to thousands of viewers.

MPs say PM and President must share responsibility

May 25 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Several MPs have reported to Shabelle that the Prime Minister and President have to take responsibility for yesterday’s attack on parliament building in Mogadishu.

MP Abdisamad Maclin Mohamud said that the PM and President are required to take responsibility immediately. He said that until the situation has been solved, parliament will refuse to work and will go on strike.

Also, MP Abdilatif Sanyare said that the recent call for the president to resign by over 100 MPs, has now increased.

Al Shabaab warns government officials

May 25 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, the spokesperson of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group reported to pro-Shabaab media outlets and said that they have weakened government agencies and have been successful in staging terror attacks at the supreme court, UNDP compound and parliament all in the last year.

The spokesperson said that the MPs and officials should disassociate with the government, as that is apparently the only option for them to survive.

Ali Dheere strained that the government institutions are places that officials will convene and that they will be targeted.

Somali parliament forms committee to finalise constitution, prepare for 2016 elections

May 22 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Sabahi

The Somali parliament on Wednesday (May 21st) formed a sub-committee tasked with finalising the country's provisional constitution before it is voted on in a nationwide referendum and preparing electoral laws for the 2016 elections.

Lawmaker Abdi Ali Hassan was elected as the chair of the committee and Elmi Mohamed Nur as his deputy, Africa Review reported.

Hassan said he was confident his committee would succeed in fulfilling its duties. "The current parliament will have to be replaced in 2016 by one-man, one-vote elected legislators," he said.

Lawmakers oppose no-confidence motion against Somali president

May 20 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Sabahi

A group of more than 100 members of the Somali parliament called for the withdrawal of a no-confidence motion against President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Monday (May 19th), Somalia's RBC Radio reported

The lawmakers held a press conference in Mogadishu to announce the end of their support for the motion.

"We have seen that such an impeachment motion would not serve the interests of the country during this hard time," said lawmaker Mohamed Omar Dalha. "I would call my fellow MPs who want the president to step down to bring their findings to the parliament not the media."

Interior Minister says he will modify national laws

May 19 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

The Minister of Interior & Federalism for the Somali Federal Government announced that the Ministry will undertake significant changes including the laws that the government has imposed.

Abdullahi Godax Barre, the Interior Minister strained that the reason for the laws to be changed are mainly because they are wrong, and will modify them before bringing it before Parliament to endorse the regulations.

Parliament to debate Interior Minister’s motion

May 18 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Members of the Somali Parliament are expected to begin on the motion against the Minister of Interior & Federalism. A motion was recently brought forward by legislators and the Speaker of Parliament has decided that the MPs will be able to get their say today.

Lawmakers previously questioned the Minister of Interior & Federalism Abdullahi Godax Barre, and legislators claim that they disapproved of his answers and therefore set forth their motion against  him.

Information Minister highlights gov’t progress on 4th month in office

May 17 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Speaking at a press conference in Mogadishu on Saturday morning, the Minister of Information for the Somali Federal Government highlighted the progress and advancement the government has made since January 2014.

Mustaf Sheikh Ali, the Information Minister, emphasized that the government has taken effective steps and actions to improve the security conditions in Mogadishu and other parts of the country.

New commissioner of Howlwadaag appointed

May 13 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

A handover ceremony was held last in Mogadishu in which the district commissioner of Howlwadaag was replaced. After a decree from the Governor of Benadir & Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamed Abukar Jacfar was stranded of his title.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the Howlwadaag district centre, Mr. Jacfar claimed that during his time as commissioner, he enforced tough security measures in the district.

Parliamentary Finance Committee to investigate gov’t corruption scandals

May 13 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Abdi Barre Yusuf, a parliamentarian of the Somali Federal Government who is among legislators in the Finance Committee, reported to Shabelle on the recent corruption claims involving the Ministry of Finance.

The Member of Parliament confirmed that he has received incriminating evidence that the State Minister of Foreign Affairs ordered the compensation of $300,000 USD to a company that imported thousands of kilograms of sugar from abroad at Mogadishu seaport.

MP Dalha calls on gov’t to investigate corruption scandal

May 13 2014
Somalia
Source: 
Shabelle News

Mohamed Omar Dalha, a Member of Parliament reported to Shabelle that he is calling on the Somali Federal Government to investigate the latest of claims of corruption among the government involving the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Dalha said that the responsibility of the parliamentary finance committee is to monitor and track mass money withdrawals and verify that the sums are being used for official reasons only, to avoid corruption among politicians and other officials.

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