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Sudan crisis: Military council arrests former government members

Monday April 15, 2019 Sudan's transitional military council has arrested members of the former government and promised not to disperse protesters. A spokesman also urged the opposition to pick the next prime minister and vowed to implement their choice. Months of protests in Sudan led to the ouster and arrest of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday. Demonstrators have vowed to stay on the streets until there is an immediate move to civilian rule. A sit-in is continuing outside the defence…

DUTCH FIRM TO CONSTRUCT MILITARY SHIPYARD IN MOMBASA

Construction work of what is billed to be East African Coast’s largest military shipyard has started in Mombasa. Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo termed the project a game-changer for the maritime industry, saying it was timely as it is being implemented at a time the government is keen on harnessing the blue economy potential. “I have full confidence in what Damen (contractor) will undertake and I hope they will keep to the timelines to have the project ready by 2021,”  the CS said during the launch at the…

Is Kenya seeking out-of-court settlement on spat with Somalia?

By FRED OLUOCH Saturday March 9, 2019 Kenya is reaching out to neighbours and international community to find an amicable solution to the maritime dispute with Somalia. Diplomatic sources said Kenya is now trying to persuade Somalia to withdraw the case at the International Court of Justice in favour of an out-of-court settlement, which could include shared development of the oil and gas resources. Other sources said Nairobi is also pushing Somalia to withdraw the maps it allegedly put out in London to auction…

SOMALIA’S GOVERNMENT MISPLAYED ITS HAND AT A CONFERENCE IN LONDON

March 9, 2019 By Michael Rubin, AEI Somalia’s government misplayed its hand when, at a February 7 conference in London, it allegedly auctioned off oil and gas blocks in waters Somalia and Kenya dispute prior to an International Court of Justice’s decision on the maritime boundary. Perhaps President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed—commonly known as Farmajo–believed his gamble wise: he could raise revenue in the hope that the disputed waters contained energy deposits and either use the prestige of the oil companies to lobby…

Italy wants France sanctioned for ‘creating poverty in Africa’

Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday insisted that France’s policies in Africa have created poverty and caused migration. Maio’s remarks came hours after France summoned the Italian ambassador to Paris to protest the original assertions made over the weekend. Italy’s accusations Speaking on Saturday in central Italy, Di Maio attacked France’s Africa policy, the latest chapter in a war of words between Rome and Paris since the anti-establishment 5-Star-Movement and far-right League won power last year.…

Somalia : Under President Hassan Shiikh and Farmaajo

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (known as Farmajo) was elected president of Somalia by the federal parliament on 8 February 2017. Farmajo was the prime minister of Somalia between 2010 and 2011. During his campaign he promised to renew the fight against corruption and indicated that he would be open to talks with al-Shabaab. He came into office with a reputation for competence. However, two years into his term, this reputation is being severely tested.

THE UNVEILING OF SOMALIA’S PETROLEUM MYSTERY

February 8, 2019 By Faisal  A Roble On February 7, 2019, Somalia conducted its first roadshow and unveiled official proposals for selling its oil and gas deposits. The venue chosen was London, England. The goal was to publicize and find two key actors: experts to operate and financiers to invest. What has been unveiled today is the public face of a process (Tender Protocol) that started much earlier. Names associated with today’s roadshow must include former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, whose administration…

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