AMISOM troops under the banner of the African Union have been accused of deliberately bombing civilian areas of Mogadishu, including the Bakara market. Scores were reported killed on October 22, 2009., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 03:26 am
Somalia: AMISOM warns spoilers against disrupting the peace process
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AMISOM warns spoilers against disrupting the peace process
Mogadishu, April 26th, 2012
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has said that it will not allow spoilers to sabotage the peace process as the country approaches the end of the transitional period.
Speaking during a press briefing in Mogadishu today, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Honorable Wafula Wamunyinyi observed that as the country draws closer to the end of the transitional period there will be heightened political activities and called on stakeholders to refrain from acts and statements that may disturb the peace currently enjoyed in most parts of the country.
He said; “It is important to note that this is the longest period of peace that Somalia has enjoyed since the fall of a central government in 1991. There have been sacrifices to get to where we are and AMISOM will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace process.”
The Deputy AU Special Representative noted the firm commitment demonstrated by the Transitional Federal Institutions to delivering a provisional constitution to the people of Somalia. “As we speak, the elders’ meeting is convening right here in Mogadishu to select members of the Constituent Assembly which is expected to review and adopt the draft provisional constitution. I look forward to a successful session by the assembly which should adopt the constitution by mid May.” He said.
Honorable Wafula Wamunyinyi who took opportunity of the press briefing to introduce the incoming Force Commander Lieutenant General Andrew Gutti as part of implementation of United Nations Resolution 2036, extended his appreciation to outgoing Force Commander Major General Fred Mugisha for helping the TFG to liberate key areas including Daynile and Maslah from Al-Shabaab terrorists.
He said AMISOM has secured the whole of Mogadishu and is now helping the TFG to consolidate the defense of the city and advancing beyond.
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Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 01:28 pm
SOMALIA: President Sharif not satisfied with the draft constitution
By Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) Somali interim president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has demonstrated that he is not satisfied with some of the contents of the new draft constitution amid contradictory remarks by the government officials on the constitution.
“I share that I am not satisfied with some awful articles included into the new constitution and strongly ask to remove.” President Sharif said during his public address of the 52nd anniversary of Somali National Army.
The president acknowledged the growing suspicion and outrage by the local community against the draft constitution as he insisted that the constitution can be amended though it has not yet been adopted.
“I listened some of the elders and religious people who are worrying the constitution and I told them that it must reviewed” he added.
But in contrast, the Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali who spoke to local journalists this week said that there were no any bad things in the constitution and called for the people to prop up it.
“I see those who oppose the constitution have not read what it is talking about. First they must read it.” The prime minister said.