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DEG DEG:- Maxaa ka so baxay Shirkii caawa ay 140 ka Xildhibaan ku yeeshen Hotel SYL

Magaalada Muqdisho ee Caasimadaa Somalia oo maalmahan ay ka jirtay xiisad ka dhalatay Magacaabista Golaha Wasiirada Somalia ayaa waxa caawa ka dhacay kulan muhiim ah.

Kulankaan oo kabdhacay Hotelka SYL ee Magaalada Muqdisho ayaa waxa ka qayb galay 140 xildhibaan oo ku midoobay Kudlad lagu magacaabay Badbaado Qaran.

Xildhibaanadi ka soo qaybgalay kulankaas ayaa waxay wacad ku mareen in aysan ansixin doonin Xukuumadda u dhawaan so dhisay RW qayre.

Xildhibaan Cabdicasiis oo ka mid ah Xildhibaanadq Beesha Sade oo kulankaasi ka hadlay ayaa waxa umaada Somaliyeed ka raali galiyay qaladaadka sababay Niyad jabka badan ee uu ku kacay Madaxweyne Farmaajo mudadi kobnayd ee u xilka hayay.

Xildhibaanka ayaa waxa u shegay in aysan marna ansixin doonin Xukuumadda Tayo daran ee uu so dhisay RW Xasan Ali Khayre.

Ugu danbeyn Xildhibaanadii ka soo qayb galay kulankaasi ayaa waxay dhaman saxiiixen Warqad cadaynaysa in aysan ku qanacsanayn qaabka lo so dhisay Xukuumada Cusub.

Dhanka kale Magaalada Muqdisho waxa hada ku sugan 210 Xildhibaan oo kaliyah waxana Xildhibaanadaasi 70 ka mid ah ay taagersan yihin in Xukuumada la meel mariyo halka 140 ay diidan yihiin in la meel mariyo Xukuumadda .

Will Somalia’s new large cabinet help govt’s spending cutdown plan?

Meanwhile, fears are growing that many of the new ministerial portfolios in addition to the existing deputy ministers would translate into several budgets for ministries and parastatals alike, as each would have to co-manage the national budget.

By Judy Maina, judy.maina@alleastafrica.com

NAIROBI – On Tuesday, Somalia’s new prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire has unveiled his new cabinet, one of the largest the impoverished horn of Africa nation ever had. However, questions remain whether it will it help the country’s political scene characterized by new leadership, transitory governments and promises to root out corruption.

Once elected, president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has promised his government would cut down government spending to help efforts to boost the country’s economy. However, it remains unclear whether the new large-cabinet will help his long-touted ‘saving’ policy. But if the ministers are able to deliver on the promises of Mr. Mohamed, the criticism would dip in favour of the government.

Meanwhile, fears are growing that many of the new ministerial portfolios in addition to the existing deputy ministers would translate into several budgets for ministries and parastatals alike, as each would have to co-manage the national budget.

Announcing his cabinet, prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire vowed his government would ‘change’ the government’s old working system by bringing in a strict accountability, something that his predecessors failed to deliver.

In Somalia, ministerial positions are seen to be the most lucrative and quick richness businesses owing to lack of accountability and strict reform in a country which is considered to be an accountability free-zone.

Mr. Khaire also called his cabinet ‘technocrats’ , however, it remains unclear whether they’ll help efforts by the new leadership to enact a key reforms, including measures to tackle purported graft within the public sector.

Promising to root out corruption, Mr. Khaire has also noted that all new ministers would be required to ‘fully’ disclose their assets and sign a code of ethics in order to improve transparency.’, something hailed by the large parts of the public.

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To impose an effective anti-corruption measures, political experts recommended the new prime minister to establish an Anti-Corruption Commission with the power to carry out formal investigations and to review government decisions and protocols so as to monitor all activities by public officials more closely.

Furthermore, experts also suggested for Mr. Khaire to prohibit unnecessary trips abroad by members of government, with all travels by ministers would have to secure the Prime Minister’s consent.

Somalia’s opposition parties appear nonchalant with the new oversized cabinet, however, the debate on what the future holds has been trending on social media and at some point has slipped more in a negative direction.

According to Jacob Moses, a horn of Africa political expert based in Nairobi, a 67-member cabinet seems to be a ‘parsimonious’ move for Somalia due to estimated costs involved and inefficiency that may follow, with ministers and their deputies would receive monthly salaries between $7000 – $4,000 in addition to at least two cars, free fuel, a house, free utilities and personal protection at exceptionally more challenging time that the country faces one of the worst droughts in history.

In the new cabinet, women represent 23 percent in the new cabinet while the diaspora secure 60 percent of the portfolios, according the leading local Somalian radio station, Dalsan.

With only 12 million population, the new large-sized Somalia cabinet arguably makes it second African nation with the second largest cabinet ministers, After Ghana, which has a 27 million population.

This week, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who promised to cut superfluous government spending, has appointed an “elephant size” government of 110 ministers.

Following from the new wave of ministerial intake, the agriculture ministry now boasts a minister, a minister of state and three deputies. Four other ministries also have three deputies and a minister, according to UK’s Independent newspaper.

(Additional reporting and editing by John Thiongo)

BREAKING: Sate House refutes diplomatic row with Somalia after Uhuru visit to Dhobley

State House has said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to a Kenya Defence Forces’ camp in Somalia was “normal”, despite murmurs of displeasure from Mogadishu.

At a Press conference on Sunday, Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu denied there was a diplomatic spat with Somalia after the President reportedly toured their territory without informing Mogadishu.

“The President visiting his troops is a normal thing to do and ours has done that. It is important for him to show support to troops who are working to secure our country,” he said.

“I am quite sure that if there are by-issues by the other country, then they will be handled through normal diplomatic channels. I am quite sure that we wouldn’t respond to any concerns, if there were any, via press conference,” he said.

ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

On Saturday, President Kenyatta visited Kenyan troops in Dhobley, a town in western Somalia near the border with Kenya that has also been traditionally used as a distribution station for many relief agencies working in Somalia.

Kenya said the President made the trip to show support for troops who have been in Somalia since October 2011, after which they later merged with other forces under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

“The President wanted to appear in person to show his support for the very important work our men and women in uniform do to secure our country.

“It is often lost to some in our country that the relative security we enjoy is in part due to the commitment, dedication and sometimes the ultimate sacrifice of these men and women,” Mr Esipisu told reporters.

FIRST VISIT

But amid the President’s first ever visit to a military camp abroad, reports emerged that President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ had expressed “displeasure” with the visit because his office wasn’t notified.

A source in Mogadishu wouldn’t confirm to the Nation if Somalia had been notified of the impromptu trip, but suggested they would protest to Nairobi for what he said had been broken communication.

“The visit was a surprise, probably a result of miscommunication. Unfortunately, we can’t say more on that because we will engage directly with our brothers in Kenya,” said an official from Mogadishu’s Presidency but who asked to remain anonymous.

Normally, world leaders make ‘surprise’ trips to meet their troops in foreign lands, but the visits are often organised with local authorities in the know.

Somalia’s airspace is still controlled from Nairobi, following the eruption of civil war 25 years ago.

On Thursday, President Farmajo is expected in Nairobi for a three-day state visit which will also culminate into a summit by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad). It would also be his first trip abroad since he was elected in February.

The conference will focus on resettling Somali refugees back home as well as the security situation in the region.

Kenya has insisted on closing Dadaab refugee camp, but has often lacked legal and financial backing to force refugees back.

Urgent Action Needed to Help Millions Facing Famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, North-east Nigeria

Over 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are facing extreme levels of food insecurity. Severe drought conditions, conflict, insecurity, extreme violence and/or economic degradation, have led to famine in certain areas of each country, putting millions of people’s lives at risk and forcing millions to move in search of food and water.

IOM is working with partners – including other UN agencies, NGOs and governments – to respond with life-saving support in each of the affected countries.

“Inaction could mean the starvation of millions,” said Mohammed Abdiker, IOM’s Director of Operations and Emergencies. “IOM and partners need vital resources to continue to help those facing drought, food insecurity and famine. We have an opportunity to stop famine from spreading and affecting more and more people throughout these four countries and others, but only if we move fast,” he added.

Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan on 20 February 2017 due to conflict and insecurity, suggesting that as many as 100,000 people may be at risk. Without access to timely humanitarian aid, famine is likely to spread throughout the country. IOM is working with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to biometrically register vulnerable populations in Panyijiar, a county on the verge of famine, to inform humanitarian response planning and distributions for those areas. The number of people facing severe food insecurity is expected to reach 5.5 million in July, the height of the lean season. (The current number is 4.9 million).

In South Sudan, one in every four people has been forced from his or her home due to the crisis that broke out in December 2013. Some 1.89 million are internally displaced in the country and 1.37 million have fled to neighbouring countries. Insecurity and hunger are also forcing people to move in search of protection and assistance. Many people from famine-affected areas have fled to the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC) site, where IOM provides multi-sector humanitarian aid.

In Somalia, the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating and the likelihood of famine is increasing. Food and water shortages, due to drought conditions, are forcing pastoral communities to move in search of water and pasture. Mogadishu and Awdal have received more than 8,000 individuals each from drought-affected areas.

Between 1 January and 26 February 2017, 138,000 individuals have become internally displaced. The number of people moving across the border to Ethiopia, to seek food and services, is also increasing. IOM is responding in Somalia through food, health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), shelter and core relief item assistance, as well as scaled up data collection to inform the humanitarian community’s response. IOM is set to launch its appeal for its drought response in Somalia on Friday, 3 March 2017.

Across Yemen, enduring conflict and rapidly deteriorating conditions are pushing millions of displaced Yemenis further into danger. The rapidly deteriorating food crisis has reached famine conditions in some areas of the country. Overall food insecurity has risen sharply, with 17.1 million people currently food insecure, according to the Emergency Food Security and Nutrition Assessment (EFSNA.) An estimated 7.3 million people are severely food insecure.

In 2016, emergency food assistance was vital in preventing much larger food insecurity. Continuing and upscaling this assistance across the country is necessary in order to save millions from severe food insecurity and famine. Since the beginning of the conflict in March 2015, some three million have been forced to flee their homes. Worsening conditions are now forcing one million of the displaced to return home, despite continued danger.

Food insecurity is increasing in north-eastern Nigeria, where the ongoing Boko Haram conflict has prevented farming for many and forced nearly two million people to flee their homes, according to IOM. Five million people are in urgent need of food assistance in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, as reported in UN OCHA’s Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) last November. That number has nearly doubled over the past year.

Cadre Harmonisé estimates that 5.8 million people will be in urgent need of food assistance by June 2017; 120,000 will be living in famine-like conditions. Some 55,000 are already living in such conditions in the “worst affected and least accessible areas of Borno and Yobe,” states hit hard by Boko Haram, highlights the HNO. Around 300,000 children will suffer severe acute malnutrition in the Borno alone over the next 12 months, according to the HNO.

Data from IOM Nigeria’s biometric registration has supported WFP’s cash-based transfers programme, to provide relief to families facing food insecurity in the northeast. IOM plans to provide agricultural and livestock support to affected communities, particularly the internally displaced, over the coming months in Borno. IOM is seeking USD 58 million to support displaced people, returnees, and other affected populations in Nigeria’s north-east.

IOM is working to provide life-saving assistance to millions across the affected regions. It needs greater support to meet humanitarian needs and widespread food insecurity in rapidly deteriorating settings.

New Somalia Prime Minister sworn in

Somalia has sworn in a new Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire after a vote of confidence by the country’s Parliament.

Khaire, a former executive of British energy explorer Soma Oil & Gas, will now be tasked with forming a new cabinet.

His appointment is a nod to balancing clan interests in this Horn of Africa nation. Khaire is a member of the Hawiye clan, as is former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whom Mohamed defeated in the election last month.

The new prime minister promised to address insecurity caused by homegrown Islamic extremist group, al-Shabab, which still carries out deadly attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere.

Somalia is also currently facing a severe drought that has left hundreds of thousands facing starvation.

“We will give priority to rescuing people affected by drought, security, strengthening the national army, stabilizing the nation, fighting corruption, developing and managing the country’s economy and implementation of justice,” Khaire asserted.

The new prime minister’s appointment comes just three weeks after Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected Somalia’s new President after a voting process which lasted for months.

The President thanks Members of the House of the People for Approving Prime Minister Khayre

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo), has welcomed the honorable Parliamentarians vote of approval for Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre.

The President appointed Mr. Khayre as the country’s Prime Minister on 23rd of February 2017 and in his opening address to formally open the first session of the nation’s 10th Parliament, he asked the honorable members to unanimously approve his choice of Prime Minister on the strength of his abilities to undertake the role effectively.

The president assured Parliamentarians that his pick for Prime Minister, Mr. Hassan Khayre, is the best choice given his proven record of leadership in his past roles both in the public and private sector.

Furthermore, the President understands that Prime Minister Kheyre is well informed of Somalia’s challenges and is committed to bringing forward and leading on the solutions to overcome them in a transparent, inclusive and transformative manner.

President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) made absolutely clear to Parliament that his administration will work tirelessly towards achieving reconciliation and reconstruction, promoting and protecting Justice for all and offering the best possible support to the most vulnerable in society.

The President and Prime Minister look forward to working closely with Parliament to advance programs of action that will lead Somalia and its proud and resilient people towards stability, progress and prosperity.

The president once again calls on Somalis in the Diaspora, business community and civil society groups to take part in mitigation efforts for the people affected by the droughts.

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Shador Haji
Director of Media and Comms

Declaration of National Disaster

Mogadishu: February 28, 2017: The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) has declared a National Disaster to deal with the humanitarian emergency in all areas affected by the current drought.

The president has appealed to the International Community to urgently respond to the calamity in order to help families and individuals to recover from the effects of the drought disaster to avoid humanitarian tragedy.

The president is also kindly calling on the Somali business community and Diaspora to participate in the recovery operations efforts in the affected area with the aim to mitigate the impact of drought nationwide.

The president stands ready to receive a continuous briefing on the assessment and response to the emergency.

END
Shador Haji
Director of Media and Comms
Office of the President of Somalia

Al-Shabab Opposes Election of New President in Somalia

A senior al-Shabab official has said his Islamic rebel group opposes the election of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia’s president.

Hassan Yaqub Ali, who is a member of al-Shabab leadership and the extremist group’s governor of Galgudud region, threatened that the group will target clans and anyone who collaborates with the new president.

“We will fight against him during his four-year term,” he said in a speech aired by al-Shabab media Saturday night.

Farmajo was chosen by the Somali parliament February 8 in an election widely welcomed and celebrated by Somalis.

Many who celebrated praised Farmajo’s work during his seven months as prime minister in 2010 and 2011. At the time, Farmajo paid salaries of government staff and military. He also played a key role in mobilizing a weak Somali army to fight alongside AU troops in an offensive that pushed al-Shabab away from the presidential palace.

The al-Shabab official appeared to have been worried by Farmajo’s popularity, saying that the new president is not a “patriot.”

In response to the countrywide celebrations, Ali said the demonstrations were “organized by paid NGOs.”

Farmajo had been living in the U.S. before his election and is a dual Somali-American citizen.

Ali said Farmajo will be “worse” than his predecessors because of his dual citizenship.

“Anyone carrying a foreign passport is not a patriot, Farmajo is an American,” he said.

“We have our own way of measuring things, we have our own lenses, don’t fall for the propaganda.”

It’s the first official response by a leading al-Shabab commander on the election of the new Somali president.

The new president will be inaugurated Wednesday. In a brief comment the president made after his election win, Farmajo said he will prioritize security, establish justice, and help the poor and those affected by the droughts.

Farmajo also said the African Union troops will stay in the country until the national army is rebuilt.

The al-Shabab official criticized the statement, saying it proves the new president is not ready to remove foreign troops from the country.

 

‘Car bomb’ kills 15 people in packed market in Somalia

A blast at a busy market in Somalia’s capital has killed at least 15 people, police said.

Captain Mohamed Hussein said the powerful explosion, thought to be from a car bomb, tore through shops and food stands in Mogadishu’s Madina district on Sunday.

He said the bomb also wounded more than 10 others and casualties may rise as many of the wounded suffered horrific wounds.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

However, Somalia’s homegrown Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, often carry out such attacks.

Despite being ousted from large parts of south and central Somalia, al-Shabab continues to carry out guerrilla attacks in this Horn of Africa nation.

Siyaasi Abdiweli Garyare oo maanso tiriyey kadib doorashadii Farmaajo. SABAB?

Siyaasiga Abdiweli Ibrahim Garyare oo ka mid ah xisbiga Daljir ee Madaxweynaha Soomaaliya ku caawinay inuu doorashadii dhacday dhawaan kusoo baxo ayaa waxaa uu xalay Hal-abuuray maanso si weyn  usoo jiidatay suugaan dhaadhiga Soomaalida iyo shacabkaba.

Waxaana  maansadan oo weydiimo u badan qofkasta dareensiineysa waxa inaga qaldan iyo waxa loo baahan yahay in dadkeena ku dhaqaaqaan,si loo helo dowlad taammaan ah oo fulisa wixii loo doortay.

Abdiweli Garyare waxaa uu horey u tiriyey gabayo iyo maansooyin dhaxal reeb noqday, kuwaasi oo uu dhammaan uga hadlayey isbadelka loo baahnaa iyo dowladnimada. Waxaana ugu danbeysay labadii maanso ee uu kula dardaarmay xildhibaanada wax dooranayey, si aysan hoggaan qaldan u dooran. Waana labadii maanso ee kala ahaa ( Balan-baabi iyo Xamareey war iga hoo).

 

Haddaba maansadiisii xalay ee cusbeydna waa tan ee daalacasho wacan:

Hadmaynu dadyow xor noqon
Dellega iska beerta oo
Dagaalada aan jecleyn?
Hadmuu damaceeno noqon
Dowladnimo tamaan ahiyo
Deris iyo walaalnimo?
Hadmaa dib u socodkiyo
Dayowga laga bixiyo
Dunida aan hiigsanaa?
Hadmaa dilka ehelkiyo
Duqeyntoo laga gudbiyo
Dawada aan wada helnaa?

Hadmaynu ku dalxiisinoo
Dalkeena hamsami u baran
Allaa deeq uga helnee

Hadmaa kala diristiyo
Khiyaanada deriskiyo
Dacartiyo cadaawaha
Diidnay bulshada oran?

Dalkeenoo dib u dhisniyo
Hadmeynu danteena garan
Diiftaba ha inaga hadhee?

Niyadda yaa doojinoo
Nabada deyrkeeda noqon
Waryaa dildilaaciyo
Dalowga inaga qabtoo
Ducada aan ku hoobinaa?

Liitaha goortuu damshido
Halkaan iska damin laheyn
Nin doorkeenaa ku dhaca
Haddana uma diir naxnoo
Sheedaa kaba daawanaa!!

Hadmaynu diidnay oran
Shacabkoo duloobiyo
Ciidankoo duruuf iyo
Diiftu ay la jaal tahay
Dal-jirihii la doortayna
Hantideena daabulan?

Hadmaan diiwaanka gelin
Ummaddii dulqaadkiyo
Dareenkoodu wacnayoo
Dib u hanta kalsoonida?

Daa’imow allahayow
Duulkaan dayeysani
Dowgii lagu hagaagiyo
Dowladoo na deeqdiyo
Danahooda fahansii

Curiye; Abdiweli Ibrahim Garyare
Muqdisho, Somalia
18-02-2017