Trump abandoning Somalia? U.S. Mission to Somalia is to leave capital over security
I am saddened to learn another horror visited upon you the other day in the heart of your once beautiful downtown. I have a fond recollection of the area — Cinema Centrale, Croce Del Sud, Ufficio Governo, and the classic fashion shops. I understand it was going through renovations and witnessing a renewed sense of hope and revitalized spirits.
I am sorry about what the merchants of death and destruction have brought to you. In their twisted, evil logic, they benefit from the atrocity and the violence they foist on you; their survival lies in keeping you in a perpetual cycle of death and destruction. I know your residents are a tough, resilient lot; they braved through so many calamities, but I do not think, for a minute, it is the West that is behind your misfortune. You are just a blip in the West's radar. The culprit is in the midst of the poor, honest, hardworking folks of yours. It is another Somali — a coward, a depraved soul, bereft of morals, hiding behind a variety of masks. He has poisoned your culture and ethics, destroyed your honor and dignity, brainwashed your children, and soiled your reputation. But let me tell you, he is on a borrowed time. Your people are becoming aware and exposed to the outside world, and your youth, ever more educated, restless, believing and demanding a better future.
Dear Mogadishu, keep the faith and hope alive, your people will triumph soon and take good care of you!
قطر وفرماجو يغذيان الإرهاب لإشعال الحرب بأرض الصومال
السبت 2018.5.26 12:12 صباحا بتوقيت أبوظبي 8597قراءة العين الإخبارية 396 قطر تغذي أذرعها الإرهابية في الصومال بالدعم والتمويل
شنت قوات من ولاية بونت لاند التابعة لحكومة الصومال الفيدرالية، التي يتزعمها محمد عبدالله فرماجو، هجومين بالأسلحة الثقيلة على جبهتين في مناطق تمركز قوات أرض الصومال بمنطقة تكا-رق.
هجومان خلال أسبوع واحد يستهدفان قوات أرض الصومال، في خرق جديد لمعاهدة السلام الموقعة بين البلدين، تدفع للتساؤل عن الأطراف التي تغذي هذه الهجمات وتشعل فتيل الحرب وتدعم الجماعات المتطرفة والإرهابية في الصومال.
مؤتمر بباريس: السعودية والإمارات تقفان أمام مخطط قطر لـ"أفغنة" الصومال اتهمت حكومة أرض الصومال، الحكومة القطرية ووكلاءها في مقديشو بإشعال نيران الفتنة بينها وبين إقليم بونت لاند المجاور، مشيرة إلى أن النظام الحاكم في الدوحة يشرف على تسليح وتدريب مليشيات إرهابية تابعة لفرماجو تعمل بين الفينة والأخرى على تأجيج القتال بين الجانبين.
وعلى الرغم من نجاح قوات أرض الصومال في صد هجمات قوات فرماجو المدعومة قطرياً وتكبيدها خسائر فادحة، إلا أن وزير الدفاع بأرض الصومال أبدى أسفه على وقوع جيرانه ضحية لتنفيذ أجندات الدوحة في المنطقة، قبل أن يذكرهم بما حققه من نصر، قائلاً:"تكبدوا خسائر فادحة، واستولت قواتنا على 10 عربات مسلحة".
رئيس أرض الصومال للعين الإخبارية: قطر تقف ضد اتفاقيتنا مع موانئ دبي جمهورية أرض الصومال تعلن افتتاح مكتب تجاري في دبي وأشار فيصل علي واربي، رئيس حزب العدالة والتنمية بأرض الصومال، إلى أن حكومة فرماجو وولاية بونت لاند كسروا اتفاق السلام، متهماً الرئيس فرماجو بالوقوف وراء تجدد الحرب مع أرض الصومال "بإيعاز من دولة صديقة له"، في إشارة إلى قطر التي قامت بالتدريب والتسليح.
وقال شهود وقائد عسكري إن عشرات الجنود قتلوا في اشتباكات بين إقليم بلاد بونت الصومالي شبه المستقل وأرض الصومال.
ويتهم أرض الصومال إقليم بلاد بونت "ولاية بونتلاند" بمحاولة استغلال الفوضى في المنطقة الناجمة عن إعصار مداري أودى بحياة أكثر من 50 شخصاً وقضى على الماشية ودمر مئات المزارع، بسبب الأمطار الغزيرة والفيضانات التي اجتاحت منطقة القرن الأفريقي.
وقال عبدالرحمن عبدالله فرح، وزير الإعلام في إقليم أرض الصومال، في بيان، إن الإقليم لن يتحمل العدوان المستمر من القوات الصومالية الاتحادية "على الحدود بين البلدين".
ودعت بعثة الأمم المتحدة لتقديم المساعدة إلى الصومال والشركاء الدوليين للصومال، ومن بينها الولايات المتحدة والاتحاد الأوروبي، الطرفين لوقف القتال.
وقال بيان للبعثة إن الاشتباكات زادت من معاناة الناس في المنطقة مع ما يواجهونه فعلاً من أوضاع إنسانية صعبة فاقمها الإعصار المداري ساجار.
Chairman Jawaari affair, UAE, life, business and Al-shabaab in Mogadishu. A Conversation with an eye witness.By galbeedi
Me and small group of local Somalis has sat down last Friday night with a local man who just came from Mogadishu. He is one of the most respected members of the Somali community , known with integrity, compassion and dedication . He is a God fearing man who is not a partisan or sectarian on the issues of Somali politics. He is one of those old Mogadishawi who consider friendship more than their kinship.
He was present when the affairs of chairman Jawaari was flaring up, the UAE dispute and the interruption of the cash at Mogadishu airport. We asked him the UAE issues, their military activity, the national parliament; the good cop bad image of Farmaajo and Khayre; the regional governments and finally life, peace and business in Mogadishu.
The round table: tell us about the parliament and chairman Jawaari.
Eye witness: the Somali parliament has ceased to function long time ago. Almost 14 legislation drafted by the government that was given to the parliament for approve , amendment or change were still sitting at the parliament docket with no debates or approvals. There is a large number of members especially in the Somali senate who could not even read the Somali language. Men like Muuse Suudi and others who may talk on the microphone entertaining others all day, but does not know or interested to deal with paper trails or issues that need careful study or investigation. So, Mr. Jawaari allied himself with these people and others to obstruct the agenda of the government, and as the master of manipulator, he succeeded to blockade every thing while smiling.
RT: How the chairman Jawaari affair unfolded ?
EW: When the motion to depose him came in full force, Jawari resisted and tried to use procedural maneuvers, but eventually accepted his fate and went to see Farmaajo to discuss his future. A severance package was proposed for his resignation, and Jawaari agreed to resign. Farmaajo postponed the parliament meeting to debate the removal of Jawaar from the speakership of the parliament since the later indicated to resign. Then suddenly from no where Jawaari came back and changed his mind backed by damujadiid, Cumar C/rashiid, the Galmudug boys and the politicians who are connected with UAE. In this new meeting Jawaari said , " I want to kick this Khayre guy out of the country (Tigidh in aan u jara ayaan rabaa ninkan oon banaanka u tuuro) Remember that both of them came from Norway, so the idea of of Jawaari saying, I am going to exile him is not an starnage proposal- Bold emphasis are mine .
Then a full force campaign among the two groups started. Those who were backing Jawaari told him to stick around and fight the real fight to the end until we depose the prime minister and save you. Among those were Damujadiid, the Galmudug boys (Fiqi, Sallaad, C/shakuur among them), Cumar C/rashiid and other beneficiaries of the UAE money. In fact, those who took over the parliament were UAE trained soldiers and local militia. Some of the opposition members were wiling to go all the way to the end up cause a fire fight .The Galmudug community and the business leaders both rejected the idea staging violence in the capital for fear destruction and losing their business and wealth. Also, the Turkish government told former president Hassan Sheikh to stay out the issues as a former president and allow the current leaders to do their task ( Folks, for the first time in decades , there are business elite and concerned citizens who are against anarchy and violence In Mogadishu which is good news for all--Bold emphasis are from Galbeedi).
The next day the army chief brought heavy gun and the occupying militia were told explicitly to move out or get eliminated. The security forces knew the names of some those armed men, and eventually they were evacuated and slipped from the parliament area one by one before they got killed ( Waxay noqotay nimankii rabay in ay parlamaanka haystaanin la badbaadiyo oo I qariyaay meesha ka dhacdo). After that , Jawaari had accepted to resign and said , "I will announce my resignation at the next session of the parliament". Since he changed his mind many times, he was told to read his resignation letter not inside parliament but here in public with the full view of the media and the president , and he did. At the end the president honored him with dinner. I am not sure if he got the package he was promised earlier.
RT:How do the local people feel about these confrontations?
EW:People do not like these games, yet they could tolerate loud opposition or some form of opposition, but they draw the red line when it came to armed people or militia taking part to cause violence.
RT: Tell us about the UAE trained military force.
EW: They had two bases, one in Abdulaziz district and one near the "Trabuunka". Their soldiers were trained by American owned Black Water contractors and are well trained and equipped force that is more powerful than the Somali army itself. They drive through the city with their modern and new cars. There were weekly confrontations between them and the Somali forces.
RT: we used to see in the news clips about local confrontation between contingents of the Somali army, what was that all about?
EW: Actually these weekly confrontations were between the UAE army and the Somali army. For example , we were driving near the army hospital were Farmaajo was visiting and as usual all the roads leading to that area was closed and all traffic was diverted to one single lane going one direction. Suddenly, the UAE army showed up , honking and trying tp pass. Those soldiers manning the checkpoints refused them to pass, and suddenly the gun fire started. We all took a cover and run away. Some times each group will call reinforcements and big guns might be used. Since their disbandment those gun clashed which became familiar in Mogadishu went to silence.
RT: The UAE is acting like state within the Somali state with their own armies. How could this happen?, How a foreign nation was allowed to keep the Somali army they trained for the host country.
EW: They signed the deal with former president Hassan Shiekh to train, equip and pay them. They used to take part some local operations to pacify the city and might have taken other operations. Their soldiers are drown from connections with politicians. A parliament member might send 20 or 30 of his kin, an influential politician may send some of family members, an opposition leader might recruit some of his men to join and so on , which automatically makes these a political army controlled by UAE. The Turkish usually train the Somali soldiers and when they finish their training , they transfer the to the Somali army leadership and are distributed with different units with their equipment.
Somalis did not realize but, the UAE army was capable of taking over the city of Mogadishu. The UAE has mercenary army in eastern Libya trained and paid them (General Khalifa Hafter of Bengazi is the commander of these armies and if doesn't get his way want to separate eastern Libya , so does the UAE trained army in Aden who want to form South Yemen again (just like our boys in the North West--bold emphasis are mine). The people of Mogadishu believe that if that $10 million dollars caught at the airport arrived ten days airliner, things would have been much different with full blown parliamentary crises which could have led both military and political confrontation that would have done great damage to both the current government and Somalia in general.
Some people believe that the UAE trained soldiers were not just intended for Somalia, but to be deployed outside the country. The gulf nation has very small population. With oil and business wealth almost every citizen becomes an elite and aristocrat that is well educated which makes difficult to find an army to defend that vast geopolitical arena they have engaged. They wanted probably to train and reach around 10,000 and take them to UAE. By the way, they are not the only country who want Somali soldiers, Qatar want to take and train Somali soldiers for their own defence. They got the money but we got the land and the people.
Another issues with UAE is the future economic growth of Africa. The only place that has huge potential for raw material and economic growth is Africa. Big and influential cities are rising and trade routes would go through the Somali territories. The world is not a back water anymore and those sky scrappers in Dubai could be built anywhere. On that note, UAE knows that they can not stop the growth and business development of the region and Africa, but they are trying to delay these developments for another ten or twenty years through wars, fragmentation and political instability.
RT: After the end of the crises, how the Somali people in general feel about UAE?
EW: The Somali people In Mogadishu doesn't want to deal to not only UAE but the Arab states in general. Their antipathy to the gulf , Saudis and others is huge. Even the so called " Wadaado" who used to have both spiritual and business deals with the Saudis feel very differently. When I went there few years ago most of the mosques were run by the Saudis and their allies, but now, suddenly a huge shift has taken place.
On the other hand, many Somalis want to disband their government and replace with a Turkish run government. When you go to the port to take your freight from the port authority and the customs they will give you the necessary receipt and you proceed with another office with a cashier. After you paid the fees you will receive a pass that indicates what time to take your freight. If you do not show up the proscribed time , a delay fee will be added. Things are running smoothly both at the port and the airport.
RT: how do you know the Wahabi mosques from the others"
EW: Well, the traditional Somali mosques usually supplicate at the end of every prayer ( Salaada ka dib waa laga duceeyaa). I did visit one of those run by the Saudis and all I found was couple of youths and others. There is a big shift.
RT: Tell us about government institutions and how they operate?
EW: The 4.5 formula does not only work in the parliament, but has touched every major government agency and the regional government of Mogadishu. If a qualified and educated person want to be appointed to certain directorship or management position, the first criteria he must pass is if some of his subclass are also employed to that or similar agency. His own clan will say that his sub clan already have two people in higher position or in other agency in different ministry , and they would argue that their clan must fil that position. There is a constant complaining to the president about these matters by clans and their politicians.
RT: How is the office of the president and the prime minister operate?, is there certain bad cop good cop attitude where Khayre is the bad cop acting tough?
EW: The office of the prime minister operates as a professional and the people who work there are from different walks of life. He makes decisions based on it's merit but because of certain cultural issue, certain elders or politicians would like to appeal to Farmaajo. Farmaajo acts like the chief of the Somali clans to mediate and do the necessary compromises, and that is were the so called 4.5 thing takes place. Yet, the biggest institutional difference between Farmaajo and Hassan Sheikh is that there is no chance to get any money from the office of the president. Unlike his predecessor, he can not go to he bank and write you a cheque or give cash to anybody. If you are lucky enough to get to his office, you will nt get any dollar from the president. All expenses from the minsters and government operation follow through the finance ministry and invoiced to the bank. Those who get used to get ready cash are not happy, but the financial system is becoming very transparent.
RT: despite all the optimism you are talking about , the government does not even control the whole city of Mogadishu which is closed with check points. What can you say about those failures?.
EW: To be frank and honest , despite the bombings and other security issues, Mogadishu and Puntland are the only places were a functioning system exists in Somalia(He means south central Somalia and not including Somaliland). The new soldiers manning the check points are becoming professionals, there are 24 hour presence in the intersections and entry points of the city. Dinner is brought to the soldiers at night in their check points. The public is largely cooperating , and the soldier in the street gives orders and no one can refuse or question. People naturally afraid from the soldiers. It is the local police which are corrupt who are dealing and wheeling , but most of these soldiers are direct .
RT: how much the soldiers get paid.
EW: I heard that between $200-300 dollars. By the way, they ride all public transit vehicles for free including the tri cycle called Bajaaj.
RT: The Bajaaj thing must dominate the streets of the capital.
EW: of couse. Hard working young men buy them though loans. The cycle costs three thousand dollars. They save ten dollars a day and pay $300 a month, and within ten months the finish the payments. It employs thousands of people. They pay the capital region government taxes and are licensed. Those who buy their Bajaaj through money sent from the diaspora generally do not work hard, and only come to drive at nights to earn few dollars.
RT: You mention that Mogadishu is where institutional building is taking shape, and to some extend Puntland , where a functioning system is in place, how about other regional governments?
EW: The other regional governments exist in name only. The whole South West government are in Mogadishu, both ministers and their parliament live in Mogadishu hotels or in the city. The rest of the government is carried in a bag by Shariif Hassan. In Jubba, almost all those who were opposing or unhappy about Ahmed Modoobe has left Kismaayo and relocated to Mogadishu. All the Harti groups the Sheikh community and everyone else had left, and the next battle might be between the family clans of Ahmed Madoobe.
Ahmed Madoobe himself is not happy about the Kenyans and what is going on in KIsmaayo. The Kenyans are taking almost 70% of the revenues from the port and control the charcoal trade. You ca not venture 4 km outside the city were Al-Shabaab is the dominant force in country side just like outside of Mogadishu in Afgooye.
There is no functioning system in Hir-Shabeele and Galmudug. The only good news from those regions is people are allowed to talk freely and debate the issues including changing the leader.
RT: It seems the so called regional government thing is going down both politically and institutionally and economically, what is the main force behind their decline and disappearance?
EW: It was the foreign countries and especially the neighboring countries who gave them a false image of themselves, and gave them a platform in order to weaken the national government. They do not have the respect and admiration of the people they are ruling and do not improve anything in their regions, and the only way to be relavant is to project a false image through Ethiopia and others ( Madaxweynaha degaan heblaayo oo Addis Lagu soo dhaweeyey). Due to the work of the government, the UN envoy , and especially the British government, the influence of the neighbors were reduced dramatically, although Kenya is still trying to be relevant.
RT: isn't Mikael Keating the guy who goes to the UNSC and bears always bad news from Somalia?
EW: my understanding is he want to stay in Somalia, and the British have a great respect among Somalis. There are European member states who are present in the capital , yet all of them take their cue from the British, and the government is attached to the British. The old colonial Italy is always sending a message to Farmaajo for official invitation but the British want to keep this partnership to themselves.
RT" How about all foreign security forces in Halane and other places?
EW: There are many security agencies who are here to protect their citizens who are working in Somalia, and everyone has it's own escorts to the bilateral issues they doing in the country.
RT: How about the Somalis in Mogadishu? and which region they mostly come from?
EW: the people in the central regions had relocated to Mogadishu in large numbers, but also, there are huge numbers from the South West in Mogadishu. Their are large numbers of Somalis from the Sool region in Mogadishu, and the number of people from Hargeisa is growing every day. .There are also large Puntland populations coming from the central regions, and KIsmaayo .
RT: How about life and cost of living in the capital?
EW: The cost of living is moderate with low inflation. You can ride the Bajaaj with one dollar and could eat food in few dollars. There is certainly a disposable income among the people. Foreigners who visit are amazed how things work in this city. WIFI is $50 dollar flat rate, so does the electricity and water which are working 24 hours, all of that service provided by the private sector. Yet they see bombing and business co-existing side by side.
RT: How about the big business boys who refuse taxes and dominate the market.
EW: When the finance ministry introduced tariffs, the government earned $42 million dollars in one month, since the law wasn't introduced and passed in the parliament, it created some problems and the businessmen took advantage.
The big business guys like Hormuud, Dahabshill and others want to dominate every business large or small. They build houses, they want to enter the small meat market, chicken hatching, tomato produce market, and every thing that the small local trader wants to t do. They can revive the huge factories for cement, sugar, clothing and other major industries rather than concentrate and target small meagre business that should be left for local traders. Also, through their phone banking millions of dollars are exchanged and sitting in the system. Some estimates put that in every single day $12 million dollars worth of money is going through their system and they are able to tap that static cash and use that money as they wish. Typically, they are banks who also runs buildings and their own industries, real state , farming and other businesses without telling anyone and without following any rules.
RT: How about the Somali Shilling or the money the government supposed to print at the end of February 2018?
EW: The people and business do not want printed money at this juncture for fear of inflation and other issue, especially after what happened in Somaliland and many other places.
RT: Now , let us talk about Al-Shabaab , the most important issue of our time.
Folks, stay tuned for the next chapter of the conversation.......... to be continued
By te way, last night at a fundraising dinner for our local mosque, I met one of the local Somalis who run the Hawala business. I did ask him about the effects of Dubai business problems for Hawala, and I even encouraged him to relocate for other places. He said, Dubai makes hundreds of millions of dollars from Hawala deposits and transactions.. Every deposit we make they take a cut or some kind of fee. The trade volume between Somalia and Dubai is worth billions and if they start to restrict or stop the trade they will be the losers. Only Iran and few other nations equal the trade and money they make from Somalis.
Folks, the guy doesn't seemed to be worried about Dubai stopping Somalis. He believes that it will hurt more the UAE than Somalis.
By Deeq A.
Xildhibaanada kooxda Damu-Jadiid ugu jira baarlamanka Sooomaaliya ayaa billaabay olole la doonayo in lagu dumiyo dowaldda aan weli sanadkan jiran ee Soomaaliya, si loo soo dhiso dowlad kale oo ay qeyb ka yihiin. Shalay ayaa waxaa warbaahinta qabsaday xildhibaanada kooxdan oo ku baaqaya in xilka laga qaado madaxweynaha iyo ra’iisul wasaaraha, ayaga oo ku eedeeyey wax qabad la’aan dhinac ammaanka ah.
Xildhibaanada ololahan wada waxaa ka mid ah Mahad Salaad, Axmed Cismaan Daqarre iyo Cabdiraxmaan Odawaa, kuwaasi oo intii ay kursiga fariisteen illaa iyo hadda ahaa mucaarad kasoo horjeeda dowladda, oo doonayey inay dhacdo. Mucaaradnimada ma ahan wax xun, haddii ujeedadeedu tahay in wax lagu saxo, laakiin waxaad is-weydiisaa qofkii mucaaradnimadiisa billaabay xili ay dowladda aysan jirin hal bil, ma yahay qof mas’uuliyiinta waqti siinaya oo doonaya in wax la xaliyo.
Waa run in labadii toddobaad ee tagay Muqdisho ay ka dhaceen qaraxyo dhowr ah, hase yeeshee su’aashu waxay tahay imisa qarax ayaa Soomaaliya ka dhacday, imisa kun oo qof ayaase ku dhimatay afartii sano ee ay dalka hogaaminayeen Damu-Jadiid. Haddii lix bil kasta marka qalad uu dhacaba la yiraahdo ha la beddelo dowladda oo idil, goorma ayay dowladda qaladkeeda khibrad ku qaadaneysaa oo ay saxeysaa.
Marka ay noqoto qaraxyada, waa wax Soomaaliya kaliya aysan la tacaaleyn ee dalal horumaray oo boqolaal sano dowlad ay u dhisneyd ayaa maanta ka hortagi la’ weerarada argagixisada. Intii ay jirtay dowladda cusub ee Soomaaliya waxa ay weeraro argagixiso ka dhaceen, Faransiiska, Britain, Spain iyo Mareykanka oo laba habeen ka hor un dhowr qof lagu dilay magaalada New York. Waxaan soo jeedin lahaa in dowladda la siiyo waqti, lagan war sugo dagaalka ay iclaamisay ee Shabaabka lagu qaadayo, hase yeeshee in dowlad kasta ayada oo lix bil ka badan aan jirin la yiraahdo hala ceyriyo, waxay guul u tahay Shabaabka.
Waxaa xusid mudan in mar kasta oo dowlad cusub iyo shaqsiyaad cusub ay yimaadaan ay qaadato waqti badan inta ay kala qabsanayaan xaaladaha dalka ku sugan yahay, taasna ay fursad u tahay Shabaabka dadka leynaya. Xildhibaanada Damu-Jadiid ee hadda qeylada billaabay, waxaan dhihi lahaa Soomaaliya waxay kasoo kabsan la’dahay dhibkii aad geliseen. Afar sano ayaad mushahar la’aan dhigteen ciidamada, ciidamo badan oo Soomaliya loo soo tababaray ayaa hubkooda iibiyey, kadibna iska aaday xaafadahooda markii aad mushaharkooda dhacdeen.
Haddii aad inta aad xukunka joogteen ahaan lahaydeen dad daacad ah oo aan qiyaamin dalka iyo dadka, Soomaaliya sidan maanta ma ahaatee. Dowladda hadda jirtay waxay dhayeysaa dhaawacyadii aad geysateen ee umaddan dhaawac kale ha u horseedina.
Cabdi Xuseen Mataan
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that was funny, but it is the hard truth niyoow. my recent visit to mogadishu gave me different prespective on things niyoow. first of all we all know somali government has failed to give hope to somali people and farmaajo admitted publicly that the government can't defeat alshabab. but there is a big problem in mogadishu and if that problem is not addressed, the future is very bleak. the problem is fear. alshabab created fear in government officials that most of the elites in mogadishu are aiding and helping alshabab operatives one way or another. they are doing out of fear. businessmen give tax to alshabab to avoid being killed. goverment officials give sanctuary to alshabab members to avoid being blown up. if you visit mogadishu walaahi it is open secret that corrupt officials are helping alshabab not because they love killing innocent people but because the culture of fear has become so bad that everyone wants to make personal deal with alshabab members. terrorists roam everywhere with fake ID cards issued by government officials and they even stay at same hotels as some officials colllecting information.
niyoow it is a big mess.