Saturday, February 08, 2003

Elders back Khalif's son in Wajir West
NAIROBI, 9 FEB 2003--The battle to succeed the late Labour minister Ahmed Khalif on his home turf kicked off yesterday, as his eldest son was endorsed to contest the Wajir West parliamentary by-election set for March 27.

Auditors to probe books for Somalia peace talks
NAIROBI, 9 FEB 2003--Auditors are investigating the accounts of Somalia peace talks following allegations of embezzlement.
Millions of shillings donors gave for the talks, which started in Eldoret late last year, are reported to have been misappropriated.

Friday, February 07, 2003

ERITREA: Isayas says Ethiopia "spoilt child" of superpowers
NAIROBI, 7 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki has described Ethiopia as the "spoilt child of the world's superpowers".

Fears over Africa meningitis epidemic
LONDON, 7 FEB 2003--Millions of people across Africa are to be vaccinated against a new killer strain of meningitis.
The World Health Organization has shipped an initial batch of 100,000 vaccines to Burkina Faso.

It follows fears of a possible epidemic across what health chiefs describe as Africa's meningitis belt, which stretches from Senegal to Ethiopia.

KENYA: Hundreds of girls run away to evade FGM
NAIROBI, 7 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - As the world marked the international day against female genital mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, hundreds of girls in Kenya's Rift Valley Province were running away from home to escape the practice, according to media and human rights sources.
Row looming over Somali child reconditioning trips
COPENHAGEN, 7 FEB 2003--Following Integration Ministry warnings last week that parents could face cash cuts in welfare payments, reconditioning trips for Somali children who become Westernized are under the spotlight.

Somali immigrants in many Western countries, including Denmark, are punishing their children for becoming ‘too Westernized,’ by sending them on so-called reconditioning trips to Somalia, Somaliland, and other Muslim countries in the region. In many cases, desperate Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian-speaking children of Somali heritage had appealed to consulates in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia to beg for help to come ‘home.’

The White House sends a cable of thanks to Somaliland President
HARGEISA, 8 FEB 2003--The U.S. White House sent a cable of thanks to Somaliland's President Dahir Riyale Kahin in reply to a condolence cable that President Riyale sent earlier to President George Bush on the disaster of the Shuttle Colombia. The White House expressed President Bush's deep appreciation of the Somaliland people's sympathy for the American people.
Election Commission forwards Somaliland Presidential elections by one day
HARGEISA, 8, FEB 2003--Somaliland's Election Commission has moved forward the date for Presidential elections by one day in compliance with the constitution which demands the Presidential elections to be held one month before the expiry of the incumbent President's term of office.

In a letter to President Dahir Riyale Kahin, the Commission said it had slated the elections to be held on April 14 instead of April 15 as was the case previously. The President's tenure is due to expire on May 15 following the extension given to him and the Vice President by the Parliament.

Thursday, February 06, 2003

SOMALIA: Interview with TNG Foreign Minister Yusuf Hassan Ibrahim
ADDIS ABABA, 6 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - Interview with Yusuf Hassan Ibrahim, foreign minister of the Transitional National Government (TNG) in Somalia. During the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, he spoke to IRIN about Somalia's relations with Ethiopia, the Eldoret peace talks and what the future holds for the war-ravaged country.
SOMALIA: Bantu refugees being prepared for life in the US
NAIROBI, 6 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - The first Somali Bantu refugees will probably reach the United States this spring after the US agreed to take them in, according to a report released by the US State Department on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Don't mention God, ministers tell EU policy makersLONDON, 6 FEB 2003--A push to have a reference to God in the draft constitution of the EU has foundered, after objections that an explicit mention of the deity would provoke division and controversy.

The opening articles of the proposed EU constitution will not mention God, under a decision taken yesterday by the "praesidium", or steering committee, of a convention charged with drawing up the text.

However, the proponents of a secular constitution may only have won a partial victory. The former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who is chairing the convention, remains keen to have a reference to Europe's religious identity written into a preamble. Read more
Alien species 'cost Africa billions'NAIROBI, 5 FEB 2003 (BBC)--Plants and animals introduced from other continents are placing a huge burden on Africa, conservationists say. They put the cost of the damage caused by alien species in African wetlands at billions of dollars every year.

Employees of Somalia talks allege cash scandal
NAIROBI, 6 FEB 2003--Secretariat staff at the ongoing Somali peace talks yesterday called for investigations to establish who misappropriated their allowances.

The Somalia National Peace and Reconciliation Conference staff said each of the 18 workers was supposed to get $150 (Sh11,700) a day making a total of $4,500 (Sh351,000) a month, but "someone decided to give us a monthly pay of $1,500 (Sh117,000)".
Shifting a problem back to its source
LONDON, 5 FEB 2003--An asylum seeker who arrives at Dover will soon find themselves screened, fingerprinted and in detention pending removal to a UN-run "regional protection area" close to their home country, under the leaked government plan to be studied today by Tony Blair.
SOMALIA: UN teams visiting Puntland
NAIROBI, 5 Feb 2003 (IRIN) - A high-level United Nations team is visiting the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, to consolidate cooperation, according to a UN source.

ETHIOPIA: Women protest against FGM
ADDIS ABABA, 5 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - Four wives of African presidents joined hundreds of women in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to call for zero tolerance to female genital mutilation.

SOMALIA: FAO denies upsurge in rinderpest disease
NAIROBI, 5 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has denied that there has been an upsurge in the cattle disease, rinderpest, in Somalia.
SOMALIA: Fuel shortage hits Mogadishu
NAIROBI, 5 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - A severe fuel shortage has hit the Somali capital, Mogadishu, over the past two weeks, according to a local businessman. Fuel prices have sky-rocketed, with the price of petrol doubling within a week.

Somaliland denies asking Libya to invite President Kahin for visit
HARGEISA, 5 FEB 2003--There is no truth in claims that President Riyale Kahin asked Libyan leader to invite him to visit his country as reported by the BBC, in a special interview with the Libyan ambassador to Mogadishu.

The Libyan ambassador said clearly during his visit to Somaliland, that he had a written invitation from the Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, but was told that the country was involved in elections and that it was unreasonable to expect that the invitation would be honoured. He was told that a response to the invitation would came at an opportune time.
Source: Radio Hargeysa

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

SOMALIA: Factions face sanctions for ceasefire violations
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI, 4 FEB 2003 (IRIN) - Somali factions attending peace talks underway in Eldoret, Kenya, face expulsion or other sanctions if they continue to violate the ceasefire agreement, Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka warned on Monday.
Dahir Riyaale waa nin sharaf leh oo SODOHO u jawaabi maayo : Axmed Yusuf Ducaale
HARGEISA, 4 FEB 2003--"Aniga siilaanyo intaas waa igala weynaa , waana qalad iyo badheedh in Somaliland laysugu faano habarwacasho foodka lagu galo. " Sidaa Waxa Yidhi Axmed Yusuf Ducaale.

miyaanay ceeb ahayn in dumarka la' soo ciyaarsiiyo oo siyaasada iyo doorashada si qaloocan loogu isticmaalo waxa aynu ognahay ilaa iminka in xisbiga kulmiye si liidata u isticmaalay dumarkii iyaguna ay u qaadanwaayeen codsigan rag la' tuhmayey kaga yimid dabeedna ay xishoodkii ka tageen oo waxay doonaan ay ku hadleen, midbaase jirta Raaqiya iyo kuwa kale ee gurdanraaca ahba iyo kuwa qaylada hayaayda lagula maqanyahayba waxa ku bushaareesataan Madaxweynaha Somaliland SODOHO u jawaabi maayo ,

Monday, February 03, 2003

'Shuttle crash was Allah's punishment'
LONDON, 4 FEB 2003--
Firebrand Muslim cleric Abu Hamza has said that the shuttle disaster showed the mission was a "Trinity of Evil" - punished with death by Allah. Mr Hamza, the controversial cleric who until recently preached at Finsbury Park mosque in north London, made the claim because the Columbia carried Americans, Ilan Ramon, an Israeli Jew and Kalpana Chawla, an Indian-born Hindu - and it blew up over an area called Palestine.
Bin Laden's followers have found refuge in northern IraqSHINERWE MOUNTAIN, IRAQ, 3 FEB 2003--Along with Baghdad and the oil fields of Kirkuk, a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq could sweep into the slopes and valleys off in the distance in front of Sarkawt Abdullah's hilltop mortar pit.
EDITOR'S PICK:Black racism is every bit as bad as white racism
LONDON, 3 FEB 2003--We become very indignant over Islamophobia, but how many Muslims rage against so many mullahs' anti-Christian views?
Proliferation of Small Arms And InsecurityNAIROBI, 3 FEB 2003--The collapse of Somalia, in the early 1990s and the endemic conflict in the Horn of Africa sparked off a proliferation of small arms, that spilled into stable neighbouring countries like Kenya.

Because Kenya is surrounded by porous borders - Somalia, Ethiopia, north-western Uganda and Sudan - the availability of small and light weapons has undermined the country's peace and security.

Kenyan charcoal exported to Middle East -Survey
NAIROBI, 3 FEB 2003--A survey carried out on the destruction of the Aberdares revealed that a significant quantity of Kenya's charcoal exported to the Middle East, comes from the Range.

The survey carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) and the Kenya Wildlife Society in 2002 revealed over 14,000 illegal charcoal kilns, some of which are the size of a factory.

Peace Talks StalledNAIROBI, 3 FEB 2003--The Somali peace conference underway in the Kenyan town of Eldoret is said to have stalled for lack of a quorum by the regional technical committee which is piloting the proceedings, a source close to the talks told IRIN on Monday.