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8 August 2012 Daily Media Roundup
Somalia News Highlights: Somali Local Officials Struggle to Fill Void; Somalia Rising After Two Decades of Civil War and Unrest; Somali Constitution Makes Big Promises to Children; African Union to Boost Security During Elections; Somali Police Commissioner Welcomes the First AMISOM Formed Police Unit; Kenya Jails Seven Somalis to 20 Years for Piracy; Somaliland's Vice President Speaks on Drought; Al-Shabaab Claimed to Have Killed Six TFG Soldiers in a Roadside Bomb; Eight TFG Soldiers Were Allegedly Killed in Ambush at Lafoole; Al-Shabaab Leader Vowed to Double Attacks and Assassinations Against Allies; TFG's Defense Minister Expressed Confidence in Somalia's Security; Two People Died in Clashes Between Livestock Herders and Charcoal Traders; Wednesday is Deadline for Submitting Selected Lawmakers; and Kenyan Aircraft Bombarded Kismayo Area.


Somali Memo - The pro-al-Shabaab website claimed that the spokesman for Al-Shabaab Mujahideens Sheikh Ali Dheere briefed the media about his recent tour to central Somalia, especially Galgadud and Hiiraan regions. Sheikh Ali Dhere claimed that the residents of Galgadud and Hiiraan are very supportive of the Mujahideens and they are excited about the defeat of the infidel forces.Somali Language


AFP - Standing in front of the rag-covered tent that has been her family's home for 18 months, grandmother Halbo Maow says that while the men with the guns might have changed, life still remains tough. "Shebab or government, it is all the same," said Moaw, who lives in the southern Somali town of Baidoa, a former bastion of the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents, that was captured by Ethiopian forces in February. "We got nothing then, and we get nothing now," the 70-year old added, as young girls in coloured shawls milled around. "The government in Mogadishu is busy with its own issues and we are not receiving anything from them -- we just have to rely on the money we can raise here," said regional governor Abdifatah Mohamed Ibrahim. "For now, we are only dealing with the security situation, we do not have the means to do anything else for the people."

Al Arabiya News - This month, Somalia will finally get a permanent constitution and government after years of transitional institutions. Despite two decades of civil war and unrest, the Somali capital of Mogadishu is currently undergoing an economic rejuvenation, with commerce, with banking and even tourism making a comeback. It turns out that his sober, technocratic approach to politics was just what the country needed. Under Ali’s "Roadmap for the End of Transition", representatives from across the country are working to create permanent democratic institutions by 20th August. For the first time, popular legitimacy is the end-goal. Under Ali’s leadership, a draft constitution has been ratified by a council of 825 Somali traditional elders, and will be put to a national referendum, paving the way for democratic elections in the near future.

Associated Press - Children in Somalia have long suffered from poverty and war. Very few are lucky enough to go to school. Last week Somali leaders voted in a new provisional constitution that greatly expands the rights afforded to children. It bars child labor and protects children from neglect and abuse. It outlaws the use of child soldiers and bans child marriage. It says every child has the right to care from their parents, and that every person in Somalia has the right to free education until secondary school. "Survival is my priority. Any extra shillings will go to my family," Abdi said, sprinkling water on cotton khat sacks to prepare the kiosk before the khat is brought by his employer.


Garowe Online - African Union forces announced on Wednesday that they will provide air support during the August elections which will take place in Mogadishu, Garowe Online reports. Commanders of AMISOM forces said on Wednesday that they would increase security in the city as elections edged closer adding that the forces would be equipped with AMISOM aircraft to provide support for ground troops. "The air force contingent which consists of 12 men will provide security in the capital until the end of elections," said Chief of Ugandan Defense Forces Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.

Wardheer News - The Somali Police Commissioner, General Sharif Shekuna Maye has formally welcomed Formed Police Officers from Uganda who have been deployed in Mogadishu to serve under the police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Speaking during a parade by the AMISOM Formed Police Unit in Mogadishu, General Sharif Shekuna Maye expressed his appreciation to the African Union and the government of Uganda for the continued commitment to supporting Somalia in its endeavor to ensure sustainable peace and security in the country. He informed the formed police officers that Somalis are expecting a lot from them. He said; "The main expectation of the Somali community is the securing of every corner where remnants of Al-Shabaab terrorist group might be hiding. The community is expecting you to help bring back law and order in the country."


Reuters - A Kenyan court sentenced seven Somalis to 20 years in jail for piracy on Wednesday, a boost to international efforts to drive out pirates from the waters off the Horn of Africa nation. The seven were captured by Danish naval forces after they attempted to hijack a Sri Lankan fishing trawler off the Gulf of Aden. They were handed over to Kenyan authorities, who have held them since October 2009. In her ruling, Magistrate Joyce Gandani said piracy had been on the increase, and the long jail sentence should serve as a deterrent to others. "The acts of piracy have adversely affected the security and the trade of not only our country, but the entire region," she said.


IRIN News - Years of poor rains have ravaged parts of the self-declared republic of Somaliland. IRIN spoke to the territory's vice president, Abdi-Rahman Abdillahi Saylici, about the effects of the drought, aspirations for international recognition and the Al-Shabab insurgency. Actually, the drought has been going on for the last three years particularly in areas along the coast; the situation there is really bad. Animals have died, including camels that are known for their resilience, and people are so malnourished that you cannot look at them. It seems that, God forbid, if the usual rains don't come in the next three months, these people will get very weak and the remaining animals will die. So we are requesting urgent support from the international community.


Radio Andalus - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

At least six pro-infidels militias were killed and more than ten others were injured as a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in Hiliwa district of Mogadishu on Wednesday afternoon. Locals confirmed to Radio Andalus that the explosion was very heavy and the vehicle of the enemy was completely destroyed. Scores of pro-infidels militias immediately arrived on the scene and opened fire at civilians. Explosions targeting the enemy have dramatically increased over the last days and hundreds of the enemy were killed.

Eight pro-infidel militias were confirmed dead in two ambushes against the militias in between Mogadishu and Afgooye on Wednesday. Al-Shabaab Mujahideen fighters attacked two convoys, killing 'many.'

Radio Al-Furqaan - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

Banadir region chairman Sheikh Mohamed Abu Abdirahman on Wednesday spoke to the Islamic media and stated that the Mujahideens doubled their attacks against the infidels and their enemy in Mogadishu. He claimed that many soldiers and officers were killed and dozens of military vehicles were burned as well. Also he said that the Amniyaad (Intelligence) group increased their assassination against enemy spies. Abu Abdirahmaan told the media that the Mujahideens will double the attacks during the holy month of Ramadaan.

Radio Bar-Kulan - An independent radio station

Defense Minister Hussein Arab Isse has expressed confidence in intensifying the security in Mogadishu and its environs during the upcoming election that is scheduled for 20 August 2012. Mr. Isse who is also the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia stated that he is more confident in the capabilities of the Somali armed forces. Mr. Isse also claimed that the current political climate of the country will have no impact on the activities of the armed forces, promising that they will continue hitting the Al-Shabaab militant group. Somalia is scheduled to hold a presidential election in the next two weeks but elections of the speaker of the parliament and his deputies will first be held before the presidential election scheduled on 20 August 2010.

Two people died after a fierce clashes over logging trees for charcoal at an area near Balanbale town, Galgadud region. Local officials stated the clashes occurred after livestock herders clashed with charcoal traders whom they accused of cutting trees and being agents of desertification in the area. The Somali government and ASWJ officials travelled to the area in a bid to quell the escalating violence between the herders and charcoal traders.

The Technical Selection Committee (TSC) announced that Wednesday is deadline of submitting the selected list of Somali lawmakers and TSC pledged to announce soon the list of the proposed new parliamentarians. In a press briefing held in Mogadishu, TSC’s co-chairs stated that the Somali elders tasked for the selection process should submit their list by today (Wednesday, August 08, 2012) to meet the deadline. Co-chairman Prof. Abdullahi Hirey noted the sensitivity and difficulties associated with the selection process.

Radio Shabelle - An independent radio station

Reports from Lower Jubba region in southern Somalia indicated that a large number of TFG troops backed by Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) reached Biibi village 85 kilometer from Kismayo on Wednesday. Reports stated that the troops entered the village and established defense bases in the area. Meanwhile, unconfirmed numbers of people were killed as Kenyan jets bombarded Birta-Dher village in the outskirts of Kismayo.