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Monday, July 25, 2016

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH ON DEATH & DISAPPERANCES AMONG SOMALIS OF KENYA


Kenyan security officers have secretly abducted at least 34 people in the last two years during abusive counter terrorism operations, a report has found.

The Human Rights Watch report, which will be officially released on Wednesday, stated the disappearances were mostly in Nairobi and North Eastern. The report, titled 'Deaths and Disappearances: Abuses in Counter terrorism Operations in Nairobi and in Northeastern Kenya', says persons are reported missing but that the government takes no action.

"In months, and in some cases over a year later, suspects have not been charged with any crimes and families cannot locate them," it reads in part.

It adds that authorities do not inform families of the detainees' whereabouts and do not properly investigate allegations of abuse.

It documents 34 instances of multi-agency security operations in which the military was actively involved in raiding homes and compounds to arrest people allegedly suspected of links with al Shabaab.

Some of the individuals interviewed by the Human Rights Watch recounted their ordeals.

"My brother Omar Yusuf was picked by two men from the Anti-Terror police unit. That was the last day that he was seen," a respondent, Adan, said.

He said his brother was picked on April 26, 2016.



Video courtesy of Human Rights Watch

A woman named Halima said men, some in police uniform and others in plain clothes, picked her relative and put her in a Toyota Probox. "They then drove away with her. They said they were going to ask her questions and would bring her back," she recounted.

HRW urged Kenyan authorities to end the abuses in counter terrorism operations and promptly investigate the enforced disappearances.

'Extrajudicial killings' suspected

There have also been complaints of extrajudicial killings in such cases and the government has been severely criticised.

Following the murder of controversial businessman Jacob Juma in May, opposition leaders pointed the finger at the government saying police will remain prime suspects  if they do not complete the probe and identify the perpetrators.

In the most recent case, four police officers were on Monday, July 18, 2016 charged with murder of human rights lawyer Willie Kimani and two others. Kimani, his client boda boda operator Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri went missing on June 23 after attending a court session of an attempted murder suit against a police officer.

Another case of suspected extrajudicial killings has seen about 10 bodies dumped near IDP camps in Mai Mahiu this year alone.
 

Majority of the Non-Somali Kenyans Commenting on Human Rights Watch say the Police are doing great and even are wondering why 1000 Somalis are not dissapearing. ...My own Tribe which are residents of almost 40% of Kenyan Land and whom you associate to ALSHABAAB. It is important to point to them that, Wasomali hawakai kwa mtu wanakaa kwao hapa Kenya. If it's ALSHABAAB that is the problem,  it is also affecting our own people. Our own Chiefs, Homeguards are killed by them everyday. The HRW was trying to imply that, You can get the person who messed with us and take him through legal justice sio kuuwa watu hoehae...This will be disastrous to our Security here in Kenya. It will not solve anything. It will just create even more issues.
 

Kenyans make much noise when Non-Somalis are killed by the same police but are happy When Somalis are Killed. That is Double Standard. These Dissapperances will entice AL-SHABAAB and create animosity as obviously hawa watu hawatakuwa na kisasi pia kwajili watu wao wameuliwa....The Police can do their work smartly. Watumie intelligence kushika one by one lakini ukisema utauwa all suspects....It doesn't work out...Ni shida ndio tuna ongeza...Police should do their work in a 21st century technology.

Monday, June 27, 2016

ID CARDS PROBLEMS IN NORTH EASTERN & TANA RIVER COUNTIES

Hundreds of youths in Madogo,Tana River county on Saturday took to the streets to protest against delayed in issuance of national identity cards. The over 500 youths waving placards and banners blocked the busy Garissa Nairobi road paralyzing transport for close to two hours.
Maulid Mohamed, a local resident, claimed he has been waiting for the identification papers for the past two years.

“I applied for an ID card in 2014. I was given a waiting card and promised that I would get it within three months. The registration officials always take me in circles whenever I ask forthe ID,” Mohamed said.
Mohamed said lack of an ID has left him stranded since he can’t travel, open a bank account, enroll for studies or even secure employment. Another protester Shukri Ibrahim, 23, who competed his secondary education in 2009, said the government was discriminating against the area in giving the IDs. He claimed the registration office had become partisan and that it is used by politicians to selectively issue ID cards. He said lack of IDs had become synonymous with constant police harassment every time there is a security operation.
But when contacted on the phone, Tana River County Registrar of persons Benson Kwendo said those with issues should go the nearest registration office for verification of their waiting cards.

Friday, May 06, 2016

KENYA CLOSING REFUGEE CAMPS

BREAKING NEWS:

Kenya to shut down refugee camps sending some 600, 000 refugees packing , disbands Dept of Refugee Affairs and cites "national security interests".

Kenya has it's own Somali Citizens and the ones being repatriated are from Somalia. in 2010 Kenya Population Census, Somalis of Kenyan Citizenship number about 3 Million and Live in Expansive land than all Kenya Ethnic Communities.

The Letter from The Ministry of Interior of The Kenyan Government are as below.




Thursday, February 18, 2016

DALAHOW DECLARES HIS CANDIDATURE FOR LAFEY CONSTITUENCY, MANDERA COUNTY


LAFEY CONSTITUENCY, MANDERA COUNTY has a new Parliamentary Aspirant and Surely one of the best Contenders. Do You Know Ibrahim Abdi Dalahow. He Represents The Youth, Who make up the Chunk of His Constituency.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SOMALILAND AND AL SHABAAB AGAINST SOMALIA'S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

February 14, 2016

Written By Swedish Investigative Journalists Peter Wolfson & Greta Backstrom

Many accounts misapprehend the nature of the relationship between Somaliland and al-Shabaab. The relationship, in fact, goes far beyond contact and coexistence, with significant financial assistance by Somaliland’s Ministry of Interior and Intelligence Agency providing the bulk of al-Shabaab’s financing and weapons, according to sources and al-Shabaab captured leaders. Somaliland intelligence is directly funded by foreign intelligence agencies, according to reports.

Somaliland Minister of Interior Ali Waran-Ade and other senior political, military, and business leaders including former ministers Mohamed Bihi Yonis, Hirsi Ali Hassan, and Suleiman Esa Ahmed as well as Colonel Muse Bihi Abdi and Abdirashid Duale, the CEO of Dahabshiil have actively financed and supported al-Shabaab as part of a strategy to undermine political and security progress in Somalia and boost support for Somaliland recognition.

Somaliland uses western economic development and security funds to finance al-Shabaab operations in Somalia. Waran-Ade, a former senior intelligence officer for the Siyad Barre’s National Security Services (NSS) directed financing and provided material support to al-Shabaab operations.


Al-Shabaab has a strong support in Somaliland, according to captured senior al-Shabaab commander and the government orchestrates, sustains as well as strongly influences the movement operations in Somalia. Somaliland also gives sanctuary to the families of senior al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida leaders, and provides support in terms of training, funding, munitions, and supplies for al-Shabaab. In their words, this is ‘as clear as the sun in the sky’.

Directly or indirectly Somaliland appears to exert significant influence on the strategic decision-making and field operations of al-Shabaab; and has greater away over operatives. According to recently defected al-Shabaab commander, Somaliland intelligence controls al-Shabaab’s counterintelligence units “Amniyat”, who are recruited from radical mosques in Hargeisa, Burco, Berbera Gabiley and Borama.

Former al-Shabaab operatives confirmed that the Somaliland Intelligence was represented on the al-Shabaab leadership council, known as the Shura, and the Security Council. Indeed, the agency appears to have circumscribed the al-Shabaab’s strategic autonomy.

Waran-Ade himself has apparently assured senior al-Shabaab leaders that they are ‘our people’ and have his backing. He has also apparently authorized al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida fighters and supporters release from Somaliland prisons, including senior al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula operative who was captured in Berbera on his way to Lower Shebelle to meet with al-Shabaab Emir Ahmed Umar.

In 2012, Somaliland police detained and released al-Shabaab Emir Ahmed Godane, al-Shabaab external operation leader Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir (Ikrima) and operative Ismail Muse, reportedly now head of al-Shabaab Mogadishu operations, who is one of the highest ranking in the movement below al-Shabaab Emir Ahmed Umar. The group was in Burco to meet with al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula emissaries and Dahabshiil and other al-Shabaab financiers.

Somaliland’s involvement with al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula is having a major implication for the international community. The governments of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti have all been alarmed by the Somaliland, al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida nexus. Ethiopia and Djibouti have restricted borders with Somaliland.

Diplomatic outposts and international organizations have been instructed to relocate from Hargeisa to Mogadishu and limit contacts with senior Somaliland government officials.

Somaliland Strategy

Through providing sanctuary and support to al-Shabaab, Somaliland appears to be able to exert significant influence on al-Shabaab strategy. As a Somaliland political figure summarized: ‘Somaliland has some control “over the al-Shabaab”. They have influence in al-Shabaab’s decision-making. Sure, they have dominated the movement, but al-Shabaab has some independence. Likewise, a security analyst said: ‘al-Shabaab is obliged to accept Somaliland demands – it needs their support.’

The Somaliland-al-Shabaab relationship is founded on mutual benefits. Al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida need external sanctuary, as well as military and logistical support to sustain their insurgency in Somalia and Yemen. As a former al-Shabaab operative put it: ‘Somaliland are helping al-Shabaab a lot, but they only give for their own gain. According to the conflict analyst: ‘there is not an equal relationship between Somaliland and al-Shabaab – Somaliland is far more powerful. Al-Shabaab doesn’t have any choice except to live in Somaliland; where else can they go?’

Somaliland Leadership Collusion with Foreign Terrorist Organization’s

Security experts are divided on the extent to which Somaliland policy towards al-Shabaab insurgents is determined independently of civilian officials. Somaliland officials were aware of Waran-Ade’s and Somaliland intelligence role in supporting al-Shabaab and were actively encouraging it.’

The Daallo Airlines terrorist incident in early February and the bombing of seafood restaurant in Mogadishu suggest that the policy is approved at the highest level of Somaliland government. Al-Shabaab senior operative Ismail Muse, who planned, coordinated and financed both Daallo Airline and Mogadishu seafood restaurant attacks made several trips to Hargeisa, Burco and Borama to meet with Dahabshiil and senior Somaliland intelligence officer code name “Dagaxbuur”.

According to western intelligence source Dahabshiil deposited $50,000.00 monthly to secret account at the banks main office in Mogadishu to support Ismail Muse. Dahabshiil also deposited $18,000.00 to the bank account of senior Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) who was recently implicated and arrested for the Daallo Airline attack.

Somaliland Intelligence Operations in Somalia

Al-Shabaab commanders believe Somaliland shapes their operations in Somalia in a powerful, surreptitious and coercive way. Somaliland intelligence is part of Amniyat operational command. Certainly, insurgent skills and capabilities at the operational and tactical level suggest the involvement of trained professional military personnel. As a former security official said: ‘they give them the plans, the strategy and new techniques. The chain goes back to Somaliland.

Al-Shabaab Sanctuary, Funding, Munitions and Supplies

Al-Shabaab has a number of sources of external support, and there is little doubt that Somaliland is increasing the arms, funding and training they provide to the insurgents. Somaliland involvement in the early stages of the insurgency has been widely acknowledged. Somaliland were operating training camps for al-Shabaab recruits, and facilitating the supply of funds, equipment and arms.

Dahabshiil the Terror Bank of Choice for al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida

Dahabshiil financial support for al-Shabaab is diverse as confirmed by western intelligence officials. Dahabshiil collects al-Shabaab funds from charitable donations, applied to businessmen or farmers, especially traffickers; ransom from kidnappings; protection money from contractors or officials. Al-Shabaab funds are deposited to Dahabshiil in Hargeisa. A selected al-Shabaab financiers and facilitators have access to the funds and they manage the group’s funding, munitions and supplies.

As al-Shabaab military commander put it: ‘we receive salary, training, weapons, ammunition and expenses from Somaliland. … Everyone knows Somaliland gives money; it goes centrally, and then flows down. Another al-Shabaab commander said: ‘Of course, it’s a huge project, the insurgency needs huge funding, IEDs [improvised explosive devices], ammunition, training, needs everything, all of this has been given by Somaliland. We do not have facilities to produce any of this.

Outlook

Somaliland will continue its terrorist-related activities, including support for al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida. Somaliland views al-Shabaab terrorism and insurgency as a crucial in its recognition strategy. The more Somalia suffers, the better chances for Somaliland becoming independent state. Somaliland has continued to generate significant concern regarding the role it plays in terrorist financing.

Dahabshiil continues to operate in vast black market and unregulated economy of Somalia. The hawala networks remained intertwined with terrorism financing, smuggling and transaction-based money laundering. This raises significant concerns that some members of the Somaliland government and the business elite were complicit in terrorist finance schemes.

The international community is working with the Somali Federal Government on sanctions to stop Somaliland support of foreign terrorist organization. The international community and the Somali government are also working on financial, military, and economic sanctions as well travel restriction and terrorist designation for Waran-Ade, Dagaxbuur, Dahabshiil and several other senior Somaliland officials, according to credible source.

Peter Wolfson & Greta Backstrom

Investigative Journalists

Nairobi, Kenya & Stockholm, Sweden





Thursday, December 10, 2015

RAILA IN MANDERA COUNTY TO CONSOLE WITH PEOPLE

IT’S TIME TO BID FAREWELL TO JUBILEE GOVERNMENT.
By Mohameditto De Fangudez Aliow

The previous election period was marked by series of fake promises which was deliberately aimed at deceiving citizens from Northern Kenya so much so that they vote in the incumbent government. 

The hoodwinked children of lesser god unanimously said YES to jubilee government, little did they knew that they were digging their own grave.


For the Kenyan citizens with somali roots, the going got tougher long time ago. It is now viscous for that matter. The conundrum circumscribing somalis in Kenya is oodles. From the selective form of administration, connotation with the phrase “KENYAN SOMALI”, the battle to claim identity, segregation and suppression in decision making platform among others, Somalis will soon dine with the pigs. 


The jubilations and celebrations minutes after inception of the regime in Northern Kenya was beyond description. We thought that we will soon say goodbye to segregations. Emanuel. But our celebrations were brought to halt. Even after years of jubilee government being in power, we never saw signs of hope. The roads were better of it was than it is.

The only university burgeoning in the region has gone to the dogs, the youths are running short of energy to line up under the scorching sun, The merciless heat of the sun landing on their forehead forming patched rings. 

Surprisingly, it is only the “KENYAN SOMALI” who is unsure of his own identity even when carrying the identification paraphernalia. The cop at the police check is praying day in day out to be posted to a somali based region. This begs the question, are we paying for being light-haired. Obviously that is by nature. 


The jubilee government has provoked our spirit of being somalis. It has suppressed our feelings. It has acted in manner that likely suggest that we are nothing but a bunch of persona-non-gratas. The candle is extinguishing. It is not going to be rekindled. Again. It is was only yesterday that residents of Mandera were flummoxed and surprised by the mass graveyard which is most likely to have been orchestrated in the name of availing security. 

My words won’t suffice my feelings but the ball is in your court. The somalis need to wake up. This is the hour of need. Let the deaf hear your stand. Time will pass. Tomorrow you will stand out to cast your vote. Vote wisely. 


Earlier Yesterday, Prime Minister Raila Odinga has just concluded addressing thousands of Mandera county residents in Bus Park grounds, the former Prime Minister was given a super warm reception in a county where all elected leaders belong to DP Ruto’s defunct URP Party.

Ealier the former PM condoled with the six children of slain widow Isnnian Mohamed whose body was found burried in a shallow grave about 35KMs from Mandera. 



Prime Minister also delivered a powerful pro-devolution speech to the Mandera County Assembly. He was hosted by County governor Ali Roba and Senator Billow Kerrow Who was later Arrested With MP's Shaaban Ali Issack(Lafey), Eng MP Mohamud (Takaba) MP Abdille(Mandera Town)

 
Accompanying the CORD Leader were Hon Abdikadir Ore, Hon Junet Mohamed, Speaker Hon Farah Maalim alongside several other leaders from the frontier counties.


 Former Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga at Mandera County, Northern Kenya Pictures












Don’t vote for your demise. Shall you, then the only thing that you learnt from history is that you learnt nothing from history. I said it yesterday and will keep on saying for umpteen times that he who puts his hands in the anus knows the very best way to remove it out. 


Don’t allow to hold the shortest hand of the stick when your opponent is handicapped. Don’t walk with the tail between your legs. .






 Courtesy of Kenya Today Online News



Monday, December 07, 2015

MASS GRAVES FOUND IN MANDERA, KENYA

A mass grave with at least 12 bodies, including that of a mother of five, was found in a thicket in Mandera county on Sunday. It is believed the victims were among 59 people who have been reported missing in the county.

They are allegedly victims of what are suspected to be forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings by security agencies. Of the 12, only the woman was identified - as Isnina, a tea vendor in Mandera town. Her freshly buried body was found naked, with broken bones and missing teeth, alluding to torture.

Isnina was was reportedly picked from her kiosk opposite Al-Furqan mosque last Wednesday by people in an unmarked Probox who identified themselves as police officers. Witnesses who sought anonymity said two military vehicles followed the car.

The Kenya Defense Forces, Rapid Deployment Unit, Anti-Terror Police Unit and the National Intelligence Service have been accused of kidnapping and killing terror suspects. Police spokesperson Charles Owino defended security agencies saying anyone with proof they were involved should present it.

“No one has reported anything to us. Let them officially report to us for forensic investigations to be carried out and victims identified,” he said

“I can invoke my mother's name in saying that we did not send any security officer to kill any innocent person."

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said the killings are “utterly disgusting” and "a clear indication that this evil process of the extermination of suspects in total disregard of due process is the norm rather the exception".

“This has clearly gone too far and must stop. It is time we said 'no', not just as leaders but also as a society,” he said, adding county leaders will meet to plan action.

Mbalambala MP Abdikadir Aden said those behind the killings must be identified and punished.

“We must get to the bottom of these mass graves. You are right, it is likely the work of extrajudicial killings. Very sad,” he said.

A mass grave with at least 11 bodies was found in Wajir in May. The victims have neither been identified nor the motive for their killings established.

The Kenya Somali Consortium and NEP Professionals will issue Press Statement at 680 Hotel Tomorrow, The 8th December, 2015 to condemn the atrocities.

MASS GRAVES FOUND IN MANDERA, KENYA

A mass grave with at least 12 bodies, including that of a mother of five, was found in a thicket in Mandera county on Sunday. It is believed the victims were among 59 people who have been reported missing in the county.

They are allegedly victims of what are suspected to be forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings by security agencies. Of the 12, only the woman was identified - as Isnina, a tea vendor in Mandera town. Her freshly buried body was found naked, with broken bones and missing teeth, alluding to torture.

Isnina was was reportedly picked from her kiosk opposite Al-Furqan mosque last Wednesday by people in an unmarked Probox who identified themselves as police officers. Witnesses who sought anonymity said two military vehicles followed the car.

The Kenya Defense Forces, Rapid Deployment Unit, Anti-Terror Police Unit and the National Intelligence Service have been accused of kidnapping and killing terror suspects. Police spokesperson Charles Owino defended security agencies saying anyone with proof they were involved should present it.

“No one has reported anything to us. Let them officially report to us for forensic investigations to be carried out and victims identified,” he said

“I can invoke my mother's name in saying that we did not send any security officer to kill any innocent person."

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said the killings are “utterly disgusting” and "a clear indication that this evil process of the extermination of suspects in total disregard of due process is the norm rather the exception".

“This has clearly gone too far and must stop. It is time we said 'no', not just as leaders but also as a society,” he said, adding county leaders will meet to plan action.

Mbalambala MP Abdikadir Aden said those behind the killings must be identified and punished.

“We must get to the bottom of these mass graves. You are right, it is likely the work of extrajudicial killings. Very sad,” he said.

A mass grave with at least 11 bodies was found in Wajir in May. The victims have neither been identified nor the motive for their killings established.

The Kenya Somali Consortium and NEP Professionals will issue Press Statement at 680 Hotel Tomorrow, The 8th December, 2015 to condemn the atrocities.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

KENYA AND SOMALIA TIES LED TO SOMALIA CUTTING DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH BRITAIN IN 1963





Somalia Cuts Diplomatic ties with Britain in 1963. The issue of Kenyan Refugees, Mostly of Gikuyu MauMaus who were given Full Protection is also discussed. Watch This Video

NORTHERN FRONTIER DISTRICTS (NFD) 1963 : GARISSA, WAJIR, MANDERA & ISIOLO COUNTIES




Please Watch This episode of the Northern Frontier Districts (NFD) Now Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Isiolo Counties in the Kenya/Somalia Colonial History.

MOGADISHU SOMALIA BUSTLING: NOW SECOND FASTEST GROWING CITY IN THE WORLD

Somalia: Mogadishu Ranked Second Fastest-Growing City In The World.
Mogadishu in Somalia has population growth of 6.9% according to Demographia.

Batam is the fastest-growing city in the world by population, according to US-based consultancy Demographia, which bases its annual Demographia World Urban Areas ranking largely on the United Nations’ 2010-20 world population forecasts – but only includes cities with a population of 1 million or more.

Batam is close to Singapore and operates as a transport hub and industrial area, while a free-trade zone boosts trade with the island city-state. Batam had a population of 1.1 million in the latest estimate, with an annual growth of 7.4%.

Second on Demographia’s ranking is Mogadishu in Somalia, with a population of 2.1 million, growing at 6.9%. Mogadishu’s growth is driven by its improving security situation and economic prospects after decades of civil war – many Somalis have returned from abroad.


In third place is Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, with a population of 2.7 million and growth of 6.8%. The country as a whole is vulnerable to fluctuations in commodity prices, but its capital is benefiting from investment in infrastructure.








Mogadishu’s growth is driven by its improving security situation and economic prospects after decades of civil war. The fourth and fifth fastest-growing cities in the world are both in China with Xiamen.







Monday, September 07, 2015

KENYA ACCUSED OF PROFILING IT'S SOMALI CITIZENS

Although Somalis are Kenyan Citizens like the rest of Kenya's 42 Tribes, A small issue can get them victimized and profiled. For example, When a series of terror attacks hit Kenya in 2014, the government launched a security operation aimed at unmasking terror cells and sympathizers in Kenya. The operation saw some 4,000 ethnic Somalis detained in the capital Nairobi, leading to an outcry from human rights activists.

“I was arrested just because I am an ethnic Somali, despite being a Kenyan citizen. I was detained at the Kasarani detention camp,” said Saadiq Mohamed, 21, a professional Kenyan-Somali footballer, recalling the 2014 crackdown.

Mohamed was reportedly arrested in his neighborhood for not having his ID on him.

Kenya has been threatened by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab since sending troops into Somalia in 2011.The crackdown targeted Somali refugees living in Nairobi’s Eastleigh district, but some Kenyan-ethnic Somalis were also caught up in the operation and detained by their own government.

The Kenyan-Somali population was over two and a half million in the 2010 census making it the sixth largest ethnic group in Kenya. Somali refugees and nationals on the other hand are estimated to be about half a million, according to the United Nations.

Kenyan-Somalis make up almost the entire population in the northeastern region, an area that has remained marginalized for years.

Kenya suspended the issuance of national IDs in the ethnic Somali region of the country to put a stop to the alleged illegal registration of Somali refugees as Kenyan citizens.

“We know our government is concerned about criminal elements from Somalia acquiring Kenyan IDs, but doing this at the expense of its citizens is uncalled for and is against their rights as citizens of Kenya,” said Mohamed Nurdin, a Kenyan-Somali human rights activist.

The process is even more stringent when a Kenyan-Somali applies for a Kenyan passport.

“We cannot take any chances. That is why the process is strict,” said Daniel Ochuodho, a senior official at the Kenyan Ministry of Immigration. “It should not be mistaken that we are profiling the Somali community. Kenya is at war.”

Kenya declared war on al-Shabaab in 2011 and the al-Qaeda-linked group vowed to launch attacks on Kenyan soil in response, unless the East African country pulls its troops out of Somalia. The worst attack from the group came in April when gunmen stormed a Kenyan university campus and killed 147 students. The assailants, like in previous attacks, targeted non-Somalis.

“Al-Shabaab had killed some 59 non-Somali or non-Muslim teachers and quarry workers before the campus attack. It is clear the group’s intention is to divide Kenyans on religious grounds,” Kenyan analyst Rashid Ronald told reporters. “Such killings have consequently put the lives of ethnic Somalis in danger, especially those living in other parts of the country where they are a minority.”

During his visit to Kenya in July, U.S. President Barack Obama said Kenya had to change its tactics in dealing with its Somali and Muslim citizens if it is to succeed in its war on terror. Obama, whose father was a Kenyan Muslim, called on Kenya to respect Muslim rights.

Following the university attacks in Garissa, Kenyan-Somalis and Somalia nationals were yet again in the eye of the storm. A number of Kenyan-Somali men were arrested and others went missing.
Somali-owned Worldwide money transfer banks were banned pending investigation, bringing all financial activities of the majority of the Somali businesses to a standstill.

“Profiling my community is an excuse to blame us for the government’s failure,” said 34-year-old trader Abdiaziz Guled. “It feels like I am [a] second-class citizen in my own country.”



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Friday, June 05, 2015

GARISSA - MANDERA ROAD: KENYA @52 YEARS

This Road, Nairobi-Garissa-Wajir-Mandera Road has been discussed in the Kenyan Parliament since 1972 and still hasn't been earmarked by the National Government.