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Somalia lashes out accusations by UN sanctions experts.

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Somalia’s petroleum ministry has lashed out accusations by UN sanctions experts regarding that a British company was making large payments to Somalia’s oil ministry and creating a serious conflict of interest, which the ministry said, inaccurate and misleading.

In a press release from the country’s petroleum and resources ministry cited that, the UN Somali and Eritrea Monitoring Group’s investigative report showed that there was a written agreement between the Ministry of Petroleum and Soma Oil , indicating that clear financial recording mechanism for the payment of capacity building targeted salaries and names of who received the funds. adding that, all payments made to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources were deposited through the Central Bank of Somalia and they were accounted for.

The statement also made it clear that the agreement between the two sides has been in the public domain and can be viewed on the minister’s web page.

The statement has continued by saying that the UN Somali and Eritrea Monitoring Group’s report on “characterization on this capacity building contract between the Ministry and Soma Oil and Gas has an expectation of “quid pro quo” is simply inaccurate and misleading”.

The communique has stated that Somalia is a nation recovering from a prolonged conflict, and they we proud that their institutions were improving and progressing.

” Good governance, transparency and accountability are of greater essence to Somalia in the proper management of its resources. Transparency in public service pay and procurement are a national priority and monitored through our internal and international mechanism such as the Financial Governance Committee” the press release said.

Despite the alleged corruption that has been labeled against them, officials from the petroleum ministry insist that they will spare no effort to exploit and utilize the country’s natural resources fairly and equitably as a driving force to achieving macro economic progress in Somalia that would deliver economic independence, industrialization, jobs, revenues, and a relief from aid dependence.

According to the press release a capacity building support is crucial to the development of Somalia’s institutions and human resource development in a country has plagued by violence and anarchy for more than two decades.

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SNA kills over 20 Al-Shabaab militants killed in Awdhegle district

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The Somali National Army on Sunday, killed more than 20 fighters in a fierce clash that took place in the Awdhegle district of the Lower Shabelle region.

The operation, carried out with precision and determination, not only resulted in the eradication of a considerable number of militants but also led to the recovery of a substantial cache of weapons.

Deputy Minister of Information, Abdirahman Yusuf Al-adala, hailed the l military campaign, highlighting the magnitude of the triumph. He stated, “Our forces have slain over 20 Khawarij fighters, including senior commanders, and have forced them to flee, leaving their fallen comrades behind. We remain steadfast in our commitment to dismantling the terrorist network in this region and throughout our entire country.”

Horrific photographs from the battlefield, depicting the aftermath of the operation near Afgoye district in the same region, have emerged online.

The images vividly portray the grim consequences suffered by the defeated militants, emphasizing the overwhelming superiority of the Somali National Army in combat.

Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant threat to Somalia’s security and stability, constantly striving to undermine the progress made by the government and perpetuate a reign of fear.

The Somali National Army, supported by international partners, has intensified efforts to neutralize Al-Shabaab’s capabilities.

The upcoming second phase of the total war on Al-Shabaab is poised to further weaken the group, targeting its operational infrastructure and leadership.

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Security officials launch investigation as inter-clan conflicts plague Galkayo

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A young and highly regarded doctor was killed inside his health center in Galkacyo town on Saturday evening.

The assailant, dressed in a security uniform, entered the facility accompanied by two unarmed individuals before opening fire on Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, resulting in his immediate demise.

The incident, captured on CCTV footage, has sent shockwaves through the community and has raised concerns about the escalating tribal revenge killings that have plagued the northern part of Galkacyo town.

According to security officials, the gunmen swiftly fled the scene following the murder, leaving behind a sense of fear and vulnerability among the residents.

Local reports indicate that this targeted killing is connected to ongoing inter-clan conflicts that have marred the region.

The Puntland administration, responsible for maintaining law and order, now faces increased scrutiny for its perceived inability to effectively combat the rising tide of violence, particularly when it puts innocent civilians at risk.

Dr. Sakariye Abdi Jama, a prominent figure in the medical community, was widely respected for his dedication to providing quality healthcare services to the people of Galkacyo.

His death has left a void in the medical profession, and the community mourns the loss of a compassionate and talented doctor.

The incident has sparked outrage and concern among local residents, who fear that the persistent tribal revenge killings will further destabilize the region and hinder efforts to establish peace and security.

In response to the incident, security officials have launched a thorough investigation to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice. Authorities have vowed to enhance security measures in Galkacyo town, deploying additional resources to prevent further bloodshed and protect innocent lives.

The recent surge in tribal revenge killings has raised questions about the effectiveness of existing security strategies and initiatives.

Critics argue that the Puntland administration must urgently reassess its approach to combating violence, focusing on comprehensive measures that address the root causes of inter-clan conflicts and promote reconciliation among warring factions.

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President Mohamud Participates in Flag Raising Ceremony for 63rd Anniversary of Independence

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The President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, participated in the flag raising ceremony to mark the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions of Somalia.

The ceremony, held at the Somali National Presidency, was attended by other top officials of the federal government, state governments, and other dignitaries.

The flag raising ceremony took place at around midnight, which coincided with the same time the flag was raised in Mogadishu on July 1, 1960, when the southern regions gained independence from the Italian colonial government. The president extended his congratulations to all Somalis for their hard work and resilience in the face of challenges.

The celebrations of the independence day are not limited to the capital city of Mogadishu, as many towns across Somalia are also commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the Southern regions from the Italian colonies and the unity of the North and South regions.

The feeling of joy and jubilation is evident in the capital city with people dressed in clothes made from the flag of the Republic of Somalia. The week-long celebrations of independence began on June 26, 2023, when the northern regions of Somalia gained independence from the British colony.

The unity of the North and South regions of Somalia was a significant milestone in the country’s history, as it brought together two separate territories with different colonial legacies. The union was seen as a symbol of hope and unity for the Somali people, who had suffered years of colonial rule and fragmentation.

However, the country has faced numerous challenges in the years since independence, including political instability, armed conflict, and humanitarian crises. The Somali government, with the support of its partners, has been working to address these challenges and promote peace, stability, and development in the country.

The celebrations of the Independence Day serve as a reminder of the resilience and determination of the Somali people in the face of adversity. As the country continues on its path towards progress and development, it is important to reflect on the achievements of the past and work towards a better future for all Somalis.

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