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Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ Chosen as New Somalia President

Hambalyo, President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” for winning the most expensive election, per vote, in history!

Somalia’s Parliament elected former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’, a dual US-Somali citizen, as the country’s 9th new president.

By BBC News,

Somalia’s MPs have elected a Somali-US national as the country’s new president in a vote held in an aircraft hangar. Ex-Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed beat President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud in a surprise result.

The vote was held at the heavily guarded airport complex in the capital, Mogadishu, as the rest of the country is too dangerous. Traffic was banned and a no-fly zone imposed over the city to prevent attacks by militant Islamists. Continue reading Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ Chosen as New Somalia President

Corruption to Mar Somalia Presidential Vote

Amid huge cases of corruption, Somalia prepares itself for Wednesday’s presidential elections. But is this really an election?

Massive corruption is taking place in Somalia ahead of tomorrow’s presidential election, with candidates giving large sums of cash and gifts to lawmakers to secure their votes.

By Mohamed Olad Hassan | VOA News,

Election observers in Somalia say corruption is running rampant ahead of Wednesday’s presidential election, with candidates giving gifts and large sums of cash to lawmakers to secure their votes.

Twenty-three candidates are challenging incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who is seeking a second four-year term as leader of the Horn of Africa nation. The president will be elected by members of the parliament, who were elected last year. Continue reading Corruption to Mar Somalia Presidential Vote

Neighbouring Nations Interfering in Somali Polls

Ethiopia is desperately trying to get Hassan Sheikh Mohamud re-elected as a president of Somalia. Its renewed agenda, however, goes against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Somalis and members of the Somali Federal Parliament.

Somalia’s outgoing Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, has accused neighbouring countries, particularly Ethiopia, of intervening in the country’s presidential elections.

By Farhan Jimale | BBC News,

Somalia’s outgoing Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, has accused the neighbouring countries of intervening in the country’s presidential elections.

MPs are due to elect the president later next week.

Mr Sharmarke, who’s also standing as a candidate, said at a press conference in the capital, Mogadishu, that Somalis “should be left to decide their own destiny independently”. Continue reading Neighbouring Nations Interfering in Somali Polls

Ethiopia’s Electioneering in Somalia

#DontVote4Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s naked attempt to exploit the deeply clannish mentality of the Somali people by pitting major clans against each other to produce the same desired result: a perpetually weak and fragmented Somalia at war with each other.

By Abukar Mohamed-Wardi,

Let’s start with the basic facts: Ethiopia is desperately trying to get Hassan Sheikh Mohamud re-elected as a president of Somalia. The evidence of this effort was encapsulated in a recent report by a think-tank affiliated with Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry and external intelligence.

Ethiopia’s renewed agenda goes against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the Somalis and their members of the Federal Parliament, as we witnessed in the recent parliamentary leadership election, where President Mohamud’s choice for first and second deputies of the House of the People were soundly defeated. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Electioneering in Somalia

The TN Weekend News Digest #3

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“A deal to build a Saudi military base in the country will happen very soon. The security, military and strategic draft of the accord is ready and the coastal areas that could host the base, be it military or naval, have been identified after Saudi military officers and officials explored some of the Djibouti areas. “We have agreed on the base, and the accord is still valid.” – Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf

Djibouti Agrees to a Saudi Military Base on its Territory

(Al Arabia) – Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said that his country welcomed a Saudi military base to be built on its territory.

“I took Saudi military leaders to some of Djibouti areas for Saudi Arabia’s military bases,” Youssouf said, adding that the agreement will be signed off in the near future. Continue reading The TN Weekend News Digest #3

The TN Weekend News Digest #2

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Hyperinflation stalks South Sudan as prices spike

General Prices of Goods and Services in South Sudan Rise 835.7%

(CCTV Africa) – South Sudan’s inflation raced to a whopping 835.7 percent in the year to October from 682.1 percent in September.

The rate has been driven by rising prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks as the economy of the five-year-old nation continues to reel from conflict. The prices soared an alarming 1,002.2 percent during the period. Inflation had stood at 95.7 percent in the year to October 2015. (>> Read more …)


Uganda to Introduce One Year Free National Service



(Daily Monitor) – If Bunya County MP Waira Majegere succeeds in pushing through the National Graduate Service Bill 2016, every adult Ugandan of 18 years and above will have to offer compulsory one-year national service before being considered for any employment.

Parliament late Tuesday evening granted Mr Majegere leave to prepare the piece of legislation to establish a National Graduate Service Scheme where graduates from intuitions of higher learning will be compelled to serve for a year in the military, rural development, education, health or local government before venturing into employment.

Other sectors the proposed national service law will oblige Ugandans to serve in will include agriculture, cooperatives and youth programmes. The scheme will apply across both public and private sectors.

Of particular interest will be Clause 8 of the Bill, which states that “any person who has not commenced or completed his period of national service shall not obtain employment outside the scheme, be employed by any other person outside the scheme, be engaged in any other employment outside the scheme, whether self-employed or otherwise, without prior permission, in writing, of the Secretariat.”

Graduates who complete their higher education from outside Uganda shall also be compelled to undertake the one-year National Service upon return before engaging in any money-making venture. (>> Read more …)


Ethiopia Detains Vintage Air Rally Pilots

(BBC Africa) – The pilots of at least 20 aircraft taking part in a vintage plane rally have been detained in Ethiopia, officials have told the BBC.

The Vintage Air Rally planes crossed “illegally” into Ethiopian from Sudan, officials say, and are currently impounded at an airport in Gambela.

The rally has been suspended while talks take place to try to resolve the situation.
Earlier, a UK pilot who went missing during the rally was found safe.

On its Facebook page, Vintage Air Rally said that Maurice Kirk, 72, was with other pilots in Gambela who were all “safe and accounted for”.

The planes, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, took off from the Greek island of Crete on 12 November on a 13,000km (8,000 mile) journey to Cape Town.

However, the head of Ethiopia’s civil aviation authority, Wosenyele Hungnall, told the BBC that the aircraft had crossed illegally into Ethiopian airspace from Sudan.

He said the pilots had been detained and investigators were travelling to the area.

It is understood that those detained have had to surrender their mobile phones and other equipment, so details are unclear. (>> Read more …)


Somalia Elections: ‘Huge Corruption’

(BBC Africa) – Massive cases of corruption and voter intimidation have marred the ongoing parliamentary elections in Somalia, the auditor general has told the BBC.

Bribes of between $1,000 – $5,000 (£800; £4,000) have been paid, Gen Nur Farah Jimale said.
The BBC has also learned that some candidates have been offering bribes of up to $1.3m (£1m) to secure votes.

Indirect elections have been taking place since October as the country remains too unsafe for a national vote.

Much of the country is still under the control of Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

Gen Nur told the BBC Somali Service that some seats should be re-run because money had been used to “out-manoeuvre” other candidates, in some cases, meaning all but one candidate had withdrawn.

Cases of government resources being used in the election have also been documented, he said. (>> Read more …)


UNDP Funds Laboratory Facilities at Hamelmalo Agricultural College



(TesfaNews) – In continuation of its support to the Eritrean government’s effort in poverty eradication and improvement of the people’s livelihood, the UNDP country office in Asmara extends full funding towards the installation of equipment and furniture for 14 laboratory facilities at Hamelmalo Agricultural College.

The funding will ensure the College to be well-equipped with the necessarily laboratory facilities that are needed for teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

It also enhances the College’s capacity to carry out impact oriented research activities and hence improve the teaching and Learning Environment as well as enhance relevant extension based outreach services in order to respond to the farmers’ needs in the agricultural sector which supports the livelihoods of the majority of Eritreans.