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7 August 2012 Daily Media Roundup
08/07/2012
Somalia News Highlights: UN Slams Media Reports As Somalis Strike Key Deal To End Transition; Puntland Passes District Electoral Law; Haji Calls on Muslims to Back Anti-Terror Bill; Despite Losses, Somalia's Al-Shabaab Remain Major Threat; Somalia, UN Sign Deal to End Child Recruitment; Somaliland Police Beat TV Reporter With Rubber Pipe; Somali PM Announced to Run As a Presidential Candidate; Al-Shabaab Claimed to Have Killed 19 Kenyan Soldiers in Juba region; Al-Shabaab Allegedly Assassinated the Chairman of No50 Village; Somali President Hosted a Dinner in Commemoration of Liberation of Mogadishu; and Ayr Sub-Clan Disapproved the Parliamentary Selection Process.

COMMENTARIES ON ISLAMIC WEBSITE

Amiir Nuur - The Pro-al-Shabaab website claimed that al-Shabaab Mujahideens are organizing thousands of fighters to attack the infidel forces of AMISOM. Al-Shabaab is set to wage attacks similar to those it waged in 2008 against the infidel attacks, where al-Shabaab recaptured sizable swaths from the infidel forces. And the infidel forces are worried about this new maneuvers of al-Shabaab Mujahideens.Somali Language

POLITICS

PANA/VI - The UN has disputed reports on Somali media that President Sharif Hassan Ahmed walked out of a key meeting to discuss the terms of dissolving the country’s ruling interim government. The signatories meeting took place in Nairobi. UN Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, welcomed the Communiqué issued by the Signatories of the Roadmap for Ending the Transition in Nairobi Monday, hours after the President went back to Mogadishu to deal with urgent matters of the state. "The issue of the Dubahande elders and the interpretation of the Garowe principles regarding the qualifications for Parliamentary candidates took a much longer time than was expected," said Mahiga. "The discussions were difficult, but all participants spoke candidly and frankly. In the end, a consensus was reached around all issues and a Communique initialed by all attendees was issued."

Garowe Online - Puntland Parliament passed a district electoral law on Tuesday, that will begin registering election polls in districts across Puntland, Garowe Online reports. The parliament met at its headquarters in Garowe early Tuesday morning to debate and vote on the proposed law. The district electoral law states that every district in Puntland will have elections. Currently Puntland is made up of 37 districts; however their boundaries have not been authoritatively proclaimed which led to discussions of how the district elections would occur. "The deliberations on Tuesday were to discuss how the district electoral elections would begin when some districts’ boundaries are not clearly defined," said Speaker of Parliament Abdirashid Mohamed.

SECURITY/AL-SHABAAB

AFP - Sitting in the ruins of what was once Somalia's most exclusive hotel, skinny ex-child soldier Mohamed Abdi Khadar recounts the months he spent fighting with Al-Qaeda-allied al-Shabaab insurgents. Convinced by a friend to join up, 14-year-old Khadar was trained for several weeks to fire rocket launchers and other weapons before being sent to attack government and African Union forces he was told were enemies of Islam. "In the day they used to teach us the Koran, then at night they took us back to Mogadishu to fight," says Khadar, captured in July, his gaze flicking out over the Indian Ocean lapping below. "Before you start firing you get a little bit scared but when it starts you get ready to hit and then nothing - it is normal." "What is clear is that al-Shabaab is coming towards the end of its era," he added. Yet the al-Shabaab remain powerful opponents of the government, as well as vowing to continue their battle against the incoming government, due to take over through a UN-backed process by August 20.

Press TV - Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government and the United Nations have signed an action plan to end the country’s recruitment of young children into the Army, Press TV reports. Representatives of the UN, Somalia’s Defense Ministry, and the country’s military signed the agreement in Mogadishu. In a joint conference, Peter de Clercq, the deputy UN special envoy to Somalia, said, "Since 2010, this country and the government had been listed on the United Nations Secretary-General’s list as a country where, indeed killing and maiming of the children was still taking place." "We are taking a historical step today in a positive direction, ensuring that in the future this no longer will be the case," he added.

Standard Digital - Acting Internal Security minister of Kenya Yusuf Haji has embarked on a campaign to popularise the anti-terrorism Bill, calling on Muslims to support it. Haji camped in Garissa at the weekend where he said the proposed law was good and would not target Muslims but criminals. "Groups which claim to represent the Muslim community in this country have come out saying that we (Muslims) are opposed to the proposed anti-terror Bill without proper consultations or gaining the consent of Muslims on the ground," Haji said.

MEDIA

Wardheer News - A journalist in the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland was attacked by police while covering a child custody dispute in a local court on Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports. Police beat Hodan Abokor, a reporter for the state broadcaster Somaliland TV, during a fight among members of the public who were present in the court in the northern town of Borama, according to news reports and local journalists. Hodan was slapped and beaten with a rubber pipe, local journalists said. She received treatment at a local hospital and returned home a few days later, news reports said. Information Minister Abdirahman Yusuf Duale told CPJ that he had held a meeting with the Somaliland Police Commissioner to discuss the attack on Hodan. He also said that the officer who beat the journalist was in custody and that a police report would be filed the next day.

RADIO ROUNDUP

Radio Mogadishu - A pro-government radio station

Somali Prime Minister Dr. Abdiwali Mohamed Ali on Tuesday officially declared that he is an official candidate for the upcoming presidential election in a well-organized ceremony which was attended by various community sectors in Mogadishu. Most of the people who attended the event urged the Somali lawmakers to vote for Dr Abdiwali since his government succeeded to uproot al-Shabaab from the country and bring peace and stability in Somalia after 20 years of civil war. Dr. Ali was in office for a year as prime minister and his government has succeeded in approving the drafted Somali constitution. He decided to run for presidential post through a sustained pressure from both internal and external actors including calls from the Somali public. The Somali prime minister decided to continue serving his country contrary to his initial plans to return United States as university professor, according to his campaign team.

Radio Andalus - A pro-al-Shabaab radio station

At least 19 Kenyan infidels soldiers, including top officers were killed and dozen others were injured in two separate fights between the Mujahideens and the enemy which took place in Lower Juba region. The first fighting took place in Qoqani district, where the Mujahideens broke into the military bases of the infidels and inflicted them heavy losses. The other fighting happened in Badhadhe village and the Mujahideens launched mortars at the enemy’s bases.

Al-Shabaab Mujahideens's Special Forces on Tuesday night broke into the house of Abdi Ali Hassan, who was the pro-infidels group nominated him to be the new chairman of N50 village in Lower Shabelle region. The assassinated infidel-supporting man was the man who led the infidel forces to No50 village days ago.

Radio Bar-Kulan - An independent radio station

President Sharif Ahmed hosted a dinner last night for senior commanders and officers of Somalia's armed forces as part of the commemoration of the first anniversary of Al-Shabaab’s defeat in Mogadishu in 2011. The dinner was held at the presidential palace in Mogadishu and it was also attended by cabinet ministers including Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Defense Minister Hussein Arab Isse. The president who spoke to the guests during the dinner stressed the significance of 6 August 2011 in the history of the Somali nation as the day Mogadishu was liberated from al-Shabaab. The president also highlighted his government's achievements such as stabilization of Mogadishu, approval of the new constitution and selection of the new parliament members.

Radio Shabelle - An independent radio station

After a meeting in Mogadishu, Somalia capital by the traditional elders, intellectuals, scholars, and prominent politicians from Ayr, sub-clan of the Habargidir opposed the selection processes of the parliament members by Abdi Dahir. While addressing at the gathering, elder Abdullah Khalif Rooble said the tribe has lost its allotted members in the upcoming new Somali parliament, after Abdi-Dahir has abused the will of the people of Ayr, sub-clan of the Habargidir. Mr. Roble emphasized that Abdi-Dahir has close links with the Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants’ in Somalia, and he called upon the international community to be watchful about Abdi Dahir. "We will never allow our basic rights be violated by someone who doesn’t represent the clan. Theretofore, we as Ayr sub-clan elders urge Somali government and the United Nation's Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) to get involved as soon as possible this important matter," said Imam Abdullah Khalif Rooble.