MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali government has assured the
African Union (AU) and the United Nations of its commitment to
take over security responsibilities from the AU troops in the
country as stipulated in the transition plan.
Advisor of the government, Abdisaid Musse Ali, told a joint team
from the AU and the UN reviewing the Mission that there was
political will from the presidency and the government that was
ready to handle the country’s security.
“The transition plan
represents a significant change in the planning and delivery of
security in Somalia. It’s not business as usual,” he said in a
statement issued on Sunday from AMISOM.
“For many years,
Somalia has been grateful for the strong support of our
international partners which has allowed the country to make
progress,” he added during a high-level of AU-UN joint review
team and international partners held in Mogadishu.
Ali asked the team
not to judge Somalia by its past but what it is today and what
it will be in future, noting that the transition plan is aimed
at securing Somalia, through the implementation of the security
architecture developed and adopted by the government in 2017.
The AU-UN joint
review team is in Somalia meeting various stakeholders and will
present its report to the UN Security Council ahead of a meeting
to decide on the extension of AMISOM’s mandate which expires on
the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African
Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia said the peacekeeping force
had always had an exit strategy.
Madeira who is also
the head of AMISOM said the Mission has fully identified itself
with the transition plan developed by the Somali government,
with the help of development partners.
“All the things that
are showing up now, in this transition plan, were already at the
centre of AMISOM’s action plan. We need to build a state and
building a state meant the Somalis needed to take responsibility
not only of the military but also of the administration of the
country,” he added.
Madeira added that
the peacekeeping force had envisaged the transition plan in
driving out al-Shabab in most places and rebuilding institutions
that are now ready to be handed over to the Somali government.
He said he had seen
profound determination from the government to take over the
responsibilities currently being undertaken by AMISOM in the
AMISOM has developed
conditions-based transition plan to transfer the national
security responsibility from the AU troops to the Somali
security forces guided by the rule of law and respect for human
According to AU
mission, the tasks which will be undertaken through joint
efforts between AMISOM and Somalia National Army include
securing of Main Supply Routes, securing of key population
centres; as well as mentoring the Somali security forces in the
military and Police.
Abdelkarim, the head of the UN delegation to the Joint AU-UN
Review of AMISOM, acknowledged that there had been significant
political progress since the joint mission was in Somalia a year
“We now are
convinced that the geopolitical position or status of Somalia is
rising, increasing every day because of global events and
therefore we will have this time a more serious tone in what we
do,” Abdelkarim noted.
Somalia and AU mission plan to
set up community radio stations to foster peace
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali government and the Africa Union
mission (AMISOM) plan to establish communities radio stations in
three regional states in June as part of efforts to foster peace
in the country, officials said.
The UN Support
Office in Somalia (UNSOS) which is supporting the project said
in a statement on Thursday evening that the community radio
stations will be established in HirShabelle, Jubbaland and South
Government of Somalia (FGS) and the three federal member states
have already approved the project, which will be launched in
Kismayo, Baidoa and Belet Weyne,” UNSOS said.
Speaking at a
meeting attended by key stakeholders including representatives
of community based organizations in Mogadishu, both AU and
Somali government officials hailed UNSOS for supporting the
initiative aimed at promoting peace and unity in communities.
“I want to thank
UNSOS specifically for availing the equipment and for responding
to your application through AMISOM to have these radios,” said
Simon Mulongo, the Deputy Special Representative of the
Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia.
It is hoped that the
community radios will help inform and alter attitudes, by
providing the ordinary people with a voice, thereby empowering
them, through targeted messaging on issues such as
peace-building, countering violent extremism, constitutional
review and the 2020 elections and federalism among others.
Ahmed, Director of Communication in the Office the President,
said the government was grateful to UNSOS for its role in making
the project a reality.
“I want to thank
UNSOS and AMISOM for the support in establishing these radios,”
The UN support
mission offered to provide the equipment for the establishment
of community radio stations in the three federal member states
following a request by community based organizations, channeled
AU to help Somali police set up
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
said it will help Somali police Force (SPF) to establish
communication offices in all the federal states to help improve
relations between security officers and the public.
Leon Ngulube, Acting
AMISOM Police Training Coordinator, said in a statement issued
on Sunday that communication offices will be managed by trained
officers who will be responsible of keeping the public informed
and educated on SPF activities and other government matters.
“As AMISOM police
together with your police command, we sat to see how best we can
operationalize your offices also bearing in mind the need to
develop personnel who will be able to be voices of the Somali
Police Force,” said Ngulube when he closed a week-long training
course for Somali police officers.
He urged the
officers to apply what they have learnt in their daily duties to
help SPF communicate with the public effectively.
“We hope that you
the trained officers in this respect will be able to explain and
disseminate police achievements and counter information and the
dissemination of ideological based information aimed at
disrupting the milestones and achievements that you have made in
the past as Somali Police Force,” he added.
The training was
aimed at strengthening relations between security officers and
the public and help Somali Police establish communication
departments, within the force, in all the federal member states.
During the training,
the participants were taken through a range of topics, among
them, fostering relations between the police and the media,
social media as a tool of information dissemination, public
relations and media awareness and practice.
Mahamed, the director of Training and Planning lauded AMISOM
Police for the continuous training aimed at building the
capacity of the SPF to enable it perform its core function of
keeping law and order effectively.
“We will recommend
for the establishment of communications departments in every
federal member state and the lessons gained from here is crucial
for enhancing relations between the police and the public,” he
U.S. military probes Somali
civilian casualty in raid
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The U.S. military said on Friday that it
will investigate local reports that its forces killed civilians
during an operation conducted in Somalia on Wednesday.
The U.S. Africa
Command (Africom), which oversees American troops on the African
continent, said its special forces, in an advise-and-assist
capacity, partnered in a Somali-led operation to disrupt and
degrade al-Shabab’s terrorist network near Bulcida on the
outskirts of Afgoye in southern Somalia.
“We are aware of
reports alleging civilian casualties resulting from this
operation, and we take these reports seriously. As with any
allegations of civilian casualties we receive, U.S. Africa
Command will review any information it has about the incident,
including any relevant information provided by third parties,”
Africom said in a statement.
“If the information
supporting the allegation is determined to be credible,
USAFRICOM will determine the next appropriate step,” it added.
Local officials said
at least five people were killed during the operation that
targeted key al-Shabab commanders. The militant group has
several training camps in the area.
At least ten
civilians were killed in Barire in August 2017 forcing the
government to compensate the families after it admitted those
killed were civilians.
The U.S. government
however maintained the dead were al-Shabab terrorists although
it did not offer details of the investigations.
relatives of the deadly raid in Barire had said they wanted
blood money and an apology from the U.S. government.
stepped up operations in the Horn of Africa nation in the past
one year, killing several militants after President Donald Trump
softened restrictions on the military in March 2017.
Africom said the
U.S. Department of Defense is fully committed to countering the
threat of global terrorism, and will continue to support capable
partners in the region.
with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces partner with
AMISOM and Somali forces in combined counterterrorism operations
and targeting terrorists, their training camps, and their safe
havens throughout Somalia and the region,” it said.
Somali female graduate ventures
into meat chop business to beat unemployment
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
Sumaya Nur Abdi, a 23-year-old female university
graduate set her sights on entrepreneurship with the knowledge
that formal employment was a mirage in her strife-torn and
economically depressed country.
Abdi’s quest to
become self-employed was the reason behind her unmatched
entrepreneur drive that led to her opening a meat chops business
to the delight of her next of kin and peers.
Meat chops, locally
known as odka, is a delicacy in Somalia but there is one catch:
it is only available when couples wed.
A new groom would
always host his close friends to odka shortly after the wedding
day. Somalis have a common phrase that if you want to know you
have a good mother-in-law, taste her odka.
But Abdi is now
challenging the norm and making odka an everyday delicacy.
“I realized people
really wanted odka but could not get it on a regular basis,”
Abdi told Xinhua during a recent interview.
“After I started
this business, I received several orders every day,” she added.
Abdi currently prepares the meat chops in her home and
distributes them to people in offices and homes and some are
based on orders.
“I decided to go
full time in the business after I discovered there was a huge
opportunity here,” Abdi said.
“But I also wanted
to produce something special and of good quality for Somali
people,” She added.
entrepreneur who has now carved her own niche says she had the
dream of not only supplying the product to the local market but
also overseas in the near future.
Over 2 million
Somalis live outside the country and Abdi said she has the
ambition of serving native delicacy fellow citizens abroad.
Just like any other
business, Abdi has to contend with some challenges as she climbs
up the ladder. “Our main challenge is that there are no home
addresses in Mogadishu,” Abdi told Xinhua.
“When a client makes
an order, you communicate on phone but then have to stand on the
roadside as you await them. Sometimes you have to wait for a
long time and the person may not even appear and when you try
calling, the number may be switched off,” she added.
But that has not
deterred her from moving on with her business which she says is
now picking up well and meeting her bills.
Some customers now
have positive reviews about her business.
“I really appreciate
this delicacy and thank Sumaya for her efforts,” Abukar Mohamed,
a client told Xinhua.
“I enjoy the meat
and I hope many other Somalis will find it delicious,” he added.
Mohamed added that
Abdi has made life easy for many Somalis who don’t have the
patience and time to prepare the meat chops.
“It takes quite some
time to prepare odka and also requires quite some good knowledge
to make a good one. That is why it is only prepared during
weddings for the groom and the bride and for some special cases
but Sumaya has made all that easy for us,” said Mohamed.
Nuradin Haji, who is
in the growing list of odka clients, said the meat has replaced
his normal rice and pasta for lunch.
“I normally order
this special meat when I am at work and very busy. So I have it
for lunch,” said Haji adding that the beauty of odka is that it
can last for a whole month if it is well preserved and dry.