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Time for the Security Council to Dissolve Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group

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Last week’s high level consultation meeting by the country’s leadership both at federal and regional level was very symbolic and different from the previous meetings that required international community mediation to agree on the different agenda items. For the first time, the country’s leadership agreed on the crucial post 2016 election processes and its mechanisms independently. Further the leaders unanimously sent strong message to the SEMG for its malicious reporting and investigations that includes both demeaning prominent individuals and government institutions. The communiqué dated 12.04.2016 stated the conduct of the SEMG and the behavior of its members objectionable at the highest level of government’s leadership, the National Leadership Forum stressed “their deep concerns about the behavior and the practice of the SEMG, especially their targeting of the Somali citizens and hindering the process of state building in Somalia” this was instigated by series of successive demonstrations and protest by the Somali people in most of the major cities denouncing the SEMG’s mafia-like illegitimate abuse of entrusted mandate to destroy prominent Somalis reputations and incapacitate the restoration of the Somali institutions. This also illustrates, for the first time that the FGS is heeding to public concerns against the SEMG as a destabilizing entity.

For eight years now, we have seen reports by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) whose stated goal was to monitor the United Nations’ arms embargo on Somalia. By seeing a consistent pattern of its sensational reports, one could argue that the Monitoring Group has earned a notorious reputation for undermining the peace building and state building efforts in Somalia. The recent Monitoring Group reports generated huge discontentment within the Somali public, tossing false accusations against senior government leaders while portraying mangled public institutions. The UN and the wider international community continue to blindly support SEMG counterproductive activities with no accountability to their allegations and findings that’s incoherent and inconsistent with the principles of the said institutions.

The Group’s unchallenged and unverified reports served well the interests of certain member states in the Security Council who have sustained its operations in Somalia. But the unavoidable conclusion is that the Monitoring Group remains to be an unmitigated disaster for Somalia. This Group has a history of fabricating information; including the famous lie that claimed “720” Somali Islamists had ‘allegedly’ participated in the Lebanon war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006 and several other accusations levied against the Somali government and its citizenry. In its 2014 report it falsely identified a government official who is the current Director General of the Ministry of Constitution to have committed suicide in an explosion that took place in Puntland state in Somalia and publicly published his pictures and passport identifications as evidence to tarnish his personal reputation, this caused him distress and unimaginable mental anguish.

Furthermore, this Group proposed a “moratorium on oil and gas agreements in Somalia” exactly the opposite of what Somalia needs today to overcome the vicious cycle of extremism and poverty that is so prevalent across Somalia. In fact, tapping into the natural resources of the country has the potential to address not only the political issues, but also the pressing security issues as well as the social challenges we all face in Somalia.

In addition, the SEMG reports issued so far were neither objective nor fair. According to individuals interviewed by this author, the SEMG members use both threats and intimidation tactics against government officials and civil society members for listing under the Security Council sanctions if they fail to cooperate with their ill-intentions

In reality, the SEMG operates beyond the bound of its mandate from the Security Council and has repeatedly violated the laws of the land by subverting Somalia’s efforts to stabilize the country. In other words, SEMG reports constitute a serious threat to the national security of Somalia and at times it provokes such terms of massacre on clans which could lead to further unrest in the country

Lately, several peaceful demonstrations were organized in Somalia against the damaging reports by the SEMG, where civil society and community leaders expressed their concerns towards UN’s Monitoring Group on Somalia, demanding the Government to respond firmly and take decisive measures on the conduct of the SEMG.

The recklessness of the SEMG must be confronted to preserve the legitimacy of the public institutions and the hard-working civil servants in the Government. By doing so, Somalia is better positioned to address the important issues facing the country in this critical period of 2016 electoral transitions.

As a nation, we can’t compromise our legitimate aspirations for the recklessness of SEMG and its rogue members, particularly when it threatens our collective ability to achieve united and democratic Somalia with peace and strong public institutions.

The Federal Government and the Parliament should show leadership on this issue as it has some serious ramifications on both domestic and international scale. The SEMG’s current framework and mandate shouldn’t be accepted as long as it undermines the important objectives in state building and institutional recovery in Somalia.

If the Security Council is serious for engaging with Somalia, it must respect the norms, dignity and institutional integrity of Somalia. And so far, the SEMG has proven that it won’t respect our political sovereignty.

Dahir Adani is a Somali political analyst and can be reached at

dahiradani@gmail.com

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Somaliland Head To Polls For Councillors And MPs On May 31, 2021 Last updated May 31, 2021

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Voters in the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland are heading to the polls on May, 31 to choose their member of parliament for the first time since 2005.

Somaliland broke off from mainland Somalia after the regime of Siad Barre in 1991.

The 5.2 Million citizens of Somaliland will be making yet another stab at global recognition as some 1.3 million voters head to the polls to choose 82 members of parliament and 247 local councils.

An election whose measure of democracy Somaliland hopes to use in its quest to certify its sovereignty.

Somaliland’s three political parties in the polls are opposition politicians Faisal Warabe’s UCID, Wadani led by another opposition leader Abdirahman Erye and President Muse Bihi Kulmiye party.

The elections is observed by over a hundred international observers including Uganda’s former opposition leader, Kizza Besigye and ex-president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Korma.

”Our visit to the headquarters of the Somaliland National Electoral Commission left us with a good impression about the Commission’s preparedness to conduct peaceful and credible elections,” said in a Twitter post.

The elections are taking place in six regions of Somaliland, namely Awdal, Sahil, Marodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.

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3 Somalia Regional States Say No To Farmaajo Term Extension.

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The regional state leaders of Southwest, HirShabelle, and Galmudug allied with incumbent President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo have opposed to any form of extension on Tuesday evening.

In a joint statement Galmudug and HirShabelle called for dialogue based on 17 September pact.

“We agreed that the country should hold elections as soon as possible and that any form of extension should be abolished,” read part of the joint statement by HirShabelle and Galmudug.

Southwest leader Abdiaziz laftagaren also opposed the term extension of the President just an hour after Galmudug and HirShabelle released a joint statement.

The move by the three regional states allied to President was welcomed by Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble who also instructed the military commanders to pull back forces to their locations and barracks.

“I would like to welcome the press statements made by Galmudug and HirShabelle federal states, ” PM Roboe said in a statement.

“I call on the FMS states of Puntland and Jubaland and Benadir region to fully commit to a peaceful process in our efforts to hold free and inclusive election, ” he added.

United Nations, United Kingdom, United States and opposition leaders including former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud commended the move by the regional states.

“The UN in Somalia noting statements by Qoorqqor, Ali Gudlawe, PM Roble and others recalls int’l partners position: consensus is vital for any electoral process; only 17 September model can be endorsed by FGS and all FMS; all parties must reject violence and resume dialogue, ” the United Nations said.

The development comes as families in some parts of Mogadishu fleed from their residences and moved to other district followings clashes.

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Somali Gov’t Warns Al-Shabaab & ISIS Will Capitalize On SNA Faction Clashes.

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Somali National Security Minister Hassan Hundubey has warned opposition groups to be wary of “unknown elements” including Al-Shabaab and Daesh who might seek to use the current crisis to inflict harm to the public.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday said that the government may take action to confront people with the “behaviour of militias” who are taking advantage of the situation.

“The government has enough troops to take control of the city. It is Ramadan, but more actions need to be taken to prevent it.” mr. Hundebey said.

”The reason the prime minister called for dialogue is that the government does not want the fighting to affect the residence,” he added.

The remarks by the interior minister come hours after the international partners strongly condemned the outbreak of violence in the capital.

“We are alarmed especially by the emerging fragmentation of the Somali National Army along clan lines, which detracts from its primary task of combating Al Shabab and protecting the Somali population. Use of security forces for the pursuit of political objectives is unacceptable” the statement read in part.

As tensions increase in Mogadishu following Sunday clashes between government soldiers and those who were against President Farmaajo’s two years term extension.

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