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SEMG Report attests that IC is an accomplice to Somalia’s strife

July 31, 2012

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The leaked and publicly debated report of Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) of the United Nations has uncovered unimaginable range of predatory activities perpetrated by Somali leaders as well as by large number of foreign actors against Somalia’s peace, stability, sovereignty, unity and self-governance. The deep rooted pervasive corruption and mismanagement of the leaders […]

Two-thirds of bilateral aid to Somalia govt stolen, diverted

July 27, 2012

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Successive Somali governments have not accounted for nearly $238 million, the bulk of which constituted bilateral assistance, according to an audit report made available exclusively to The East African. The report shows that over the period 2000-2011, the first Somali Transitional National Government and the subsequent Transitional Federal Government received bilateral aid totalling $308 million, […]

SOMALIA: The Final Offensive ‎

July 27, 2012

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The UN investigators are proving embarrassing to Somali and Kenyan leaders. Both countries are reported to be very corrupt, even to extent to keeping known Islamic terrorist supporters (usually leading clerics) out of jail in Kenya and leading to leaders of the TNG (Transitional National Government) of stealing 70 percent of the foreign aid sent […]

Somalia’s Draft Constitution: Too Undemocratic?

July 4, 2012

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The peace and reconciliation process in Somalia has entered a critical juncture. A new constitution, drafted with the help of the United Nations Development Programme, is scheduled to be adopted in the next few weeks. It is hoped that the new constitution will help deliver peace to a country ravaged by more than two decades […]

Kenya’s security forces losing the battle for Somali hearts and minds

May 22, 2012

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I am glad that Charles Onyango-Obbo had the gumption to ask the “elephant-in-the room” question in his report on military actions in Somalia published in the EastAfrican last week: When does the Kenya Defence Force plan to capture the Al Shabaab-controlled city of Kismayu? Ever since Operation Linda Nchi started in October last year, Kenyans […]

Somalia, Sovereignty In Catch-22

May 10, 2012

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For more than two decades, Somalia’s sovereignty has been in limbo- or in an utterly defunct status. Though there are many causes, a particular one stands out exponentially: volatile security. For no nation can claim, or (like in Somalia’s case) reclaim its sovereignty while dependent on another country, coalition, or a peace-building force for security. […]

Trade, armies turning Somalia into an Anglo-Kiswahili state

May 10, 2012

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While the battle against Al Shabaab may still be going on, East African countries seem to have already won a major war in Somalia — one they never set out to fight. At nearly all events held by Amisom (the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia) and international organisations operating in Mogadishu, there will be […]