Revising the provisional constitution, forming regional administrations, and establishing democracy across Somalia form the core priorities of the current government, according to Somali Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir Mohamed.
According to our correspondent Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Hajji, a car bomb blasted this morning in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district.
The bomb said to be an IED, was tied to the car of Members of Parliament and unexpectedly blasted as they were driving by Hamarweyne, a district only minutes away from the presidential palace.
The explosion instantly killed Isaak Mohamed Riino, a Member of Parliament whereby four others were seriously wounded.
The recently appointed Governor of the Hiran region by the Somali Federal Government Abdifatah Hassan Afrah, affirmed that his administration will prioritize clearing all towns and districts under the region from Al-Shabaab.
The Governor stated that Al-Shabaab changed their tactics to become bandits, to steal the possessions of civilians in Hiran.
After a closed session on Sunday (April 20th) attended by the speaker of the Somali parliament, his two deputies, the 15 parliamentary committee chairs and ministry officials, lawmakers said they were still unsatisfied with Ministry of Finance's budgetary accounting.
The details about last year's expenditures remain "unclear" and other requested changes to this year's budget were not included, Defence Committee Chairman Hussein Arab Isse told Sabahi after the meeting.
Lawmakers gave the ministry another week to provide the necessary information, he said.
Osman Hadole the district comssioner of Bal’ad in Middle Shabelle, voiced strong accusation claims against the Somali Federal Government, as he reported to the BBC Somali Service.
He claimed that that almost 50 battlewagons belonging to both the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Somali National Army attacked his house in Bal’ad.
“The soldiers attacked us without warning. Not a single person told us that they were unhappy with my administration.” Said Hadole
Mohamed Weli Ugaas Hussein, and elder representing Bal’ad in Middle Shabele, featured in an exclusive interview with Radio Shabelle in Mogadishu and called upon the Somali Federal Government to appoint a new district administration for Bal’ad.
The elder strained the importance and significance of having a stable, functioning administration to deal with the needs of all the citizens living in Bal’ad.
Minister of Interior & Federalism for the Somali Federal Government Abdullahi Godax Barre strained that 2014 is a crucial year for the government as he vowed that his Ministry will carry out the awaiting tasks accordingly.
At a ceremony held today at the Ministry’s headquarters in Mogadishu, Land-Cruiser vehicles were being tendered to each of the Ministry’s Department Heads. Barre described the handover of the cars as a ‘much-needed gift’ for the heads. He also highlighted that the vehicles were not donated from abroad but from the Ministry’s budget.
The Governor of Benadir & Mayor of Mogadishu General Hassan Mohamed Hussein Mungab, demanded from the residents living in Mogadishu to support his administration to prevent any further attacks from Al-Shabaab, after he alleged that some of the insurgents are present in the capital city.
Mr. Mungab openly declared that Al-Shabaab follow non-Somali traditions and that they are being used by Al-Qaeda to terrorize innocent people in Somalia.
A decree was issued by the Governor of Benadir & Mayor of Mogadishu declared the change of the HamarJajab district commissioner.
Mohamed Ahmed Ali, who held the title until earlier today was stranded as district commissioner despite that his successor hasn’t been announced yet.
Hamarjajab is the latest district in Benadir to see a change in commissioner, after more than half of the other districts had their commissioners replaced too.
When militants blasted their way to within 50 metres of the Somali president’s residence, they forced a sharp rethink of security in the capital Mogadishu.
The deadly Feb. 21 assault on the Villa Somalia compound was the closest militants had got to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
The assault by al Shabaab at the heart of government, and a bloody attack five months earlier on a Kenyan shopping mall, showcased the rebels’ destructive reach at home and abroad and cast more doubt on Mohamud’s pledge to improve security.
The Minister of Information for the Somali Federal Cabinet Mustaf Sheikh Ali Dhuhulow, participated in a special ceremony in London hosted by the Somali community residing in England. During the gathering, the Minister updated the audience on the development of Somalia’s security as well as highlighting the positive progress it is going through.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Saturday (April 12th) cautioned against infusing tribalism into the country's nascent federalism system, Somalia's RBC Radio reported.
Somalia's progress towards federalism has recently been complicated by competition between rival states forming their own regional administrations.
Mohamed Abdi Kalil, the commissioner of the Gedo Regional Administration for the Somali Federal Government, issued a decree this morning announcing the new district commissioner and his deputy of the Burdhubo district.
It was not too long ago when Burdhubo was liberated from the Al-Shabaab terrorist insurgents by the co-allied African Union peacekeepers and Somali National Army.
The decree mentioned that Hassan Yare Masuul was declared the new district commissioner of Burdhubo whereby his deputy is Ali Mataan Ali.
The spokesperson of the People’s Party Aadan Abdulle, reported to Radio Shabelle in Mogadishu that the Somali Federal Parliament is required to take action against the inhumane treatment of Somali refugees in Kenya.
Abdulle added that the Party are thanking Kenyan-Somali MP’s in the Kenyan Parliament on condemning the treatment of Somali refugees in Nairobi’s prominently Somali suburb, Eastleigh.
“The Kenyan Police Units have severely breached the international convention of protecting the rights of refugees.” Said the spokesperson
The President of the South West state of Somalia Mohamed Hajo Abdi Nur, reported to Radio Shabelle in Mogadishu that he recently appointed his cabinet of ministers for his administration.
Abdi Nur , elected as the President of the 3 region state, mentioned that for the past few days he has been concentrating on the new ministerial cabinet.
“I am thanking the community in Bay, Bakool & Lower Shabelle region for reaching out to me by voicing their thoughts and advice” Said the President
TANA River Senator Abdi Bule has demanded an apology from Interior Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.
He said he was embarrassed by police during a security operation in Eastleigh. Bule said he was driving to Eastleigh on Monday afternoon with his children and a bodyguard when they were stopped by police.
He said he produced his national ID and a card showing he is a senator but the police told him both documents are fake.
Majority Leader Aden Duale has told off his Jubilee coalition critics, declaring that his position is safeguarded in the agreement between The National Alliance and United Republican Party.
Speaking from Turkey, he said those calling for his resignation had forgotten details of the deal which was signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, before last year’s elections.
Lawmakers from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) opposition party showed rare support for Majority Leader and Garissa Township parliamentarian Aden Duale on Wednesday (April 9th) when they praised his criticisms of the government's crackdown in Eastleigh and the mass arrests of Somalis.
Elders and intellectuals residing in Yaqshid of the Benadir region have publicized their criticism of the new district administration.
The elders contacted Radio Shabelle in Mogadishu and described that district officials fabricated documents to collect taxes from residents in Yaqshid.
“Most officials appointed to a position in the new district administration defraud us of our money.” Said Mohamud Ali Mohamud, a peacebuilder