Somali lawmakers file impeachment motion against president

A section of Somali members of parliament have filed a motion to impeach President Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo, a move that could threaten the country’s stability as it struggles to rebound from 30 years of civil unrest. The lawmakers filed the motion on Sunday, December 9th, accusing the president of violating the

Al-Shabab and ISIS are engaged in economic war in Somalia

Somali businesses find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place as they face taxation from multiple groups. The government, al-Shabab and Isis are all collecting taxes from business people with no option to choose whom to pay. Pay up or close shop. Al-Shabab is already well established in the

Somali woman elected city council member in Belgium

Photo: Hiiraan A Somali-Belgian woman has won a local city council member post, becoming the first Somali to have been elected to take a political post in Belgium’s history. Sahra Mohamed Khalif, a young aspiring politician from the Belgium Socialist Party (SPA), the country’s oldest political party has been declared as the

US airstrike in Somalia kills Al-Shabab fighter

An Al-Shabab militant has been killed in a US airstrike in southern Somalia over the weekend, the Pentagon has said. There has been fighting between Somali forces backed by the US troops in the south of the country. The US military Africa Command (Africom) said the strike had been carried out on

Somalia’s Minority Clans Suffer Extreme Discrimination

Last week, a man was burned to death in Mogadishu for belonging to the “wrong clan.” Ahmed Salat was burned alive after his nephew married a woman from one of Somalia’s major clans. Salat, who belonged to a minority clan, Jareerweyn, was murdered because the killers, who were relatives of the

Al-Shabab founding father is running for office in Somalia

A former Al-Shabab deputy leader and spokesman could be running for office in the presidency of Somalia’s South West State. Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur is a founding father and former spokesman of the Al-Shabab group, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed Somali government and rule the country according to

Education could save Somalia from violent extremism

Somalia’s 30 year-old civil unrest has almost completely destroyed the country’s educational system, affecting the future of millions of school-aged children but now it seems that educating its youth, who make up over 70% of the country’s population, offers a peaceful future. This year, 27,000 students from 120 secondary schools sat

Somalia gets its first ever female general

Somali's President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has appointed Zakia Hussein to the position of general and deputy chief of the Somali Police Force. Zakia becomes the first woman to hold such a top position in Somalia. With over 14 years of experience, Zakia has had many firsts. She was appointed the new Director

Somalia is now demilitarising its largest football stadium

Somalia has started the process of demilitarising its biggest sports facility as African Union troops – commonly known by the acronym Amisom - begin to vacate Mogadishu stadium. For three decades, Mogadishu Stadium - Somalia’s largest sporting facility, with a capacity to hold 60,000 people - has been the preferred spot

Roadside bomb targets African Union troops in Mogadishu

A roadside bomb blast has hit an African Union military convoy in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. The African Union troops opened fire at pedestrians after the blast, killing five civilians and wounding others, witnesses and reports said. Al-Shabab group which is fighting the Somalia government, has claimed responsibility for the blast. The African Union

Why Somalia doesn’t like its innovators

Gunmen shot and killed a young businessman in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, in the latest move to try to eliminate young innovators and discourage diaspora Somalis from starting businesses to thwart competition. Mohamed Ali was kidnapped during a commute this week and later shot dead by unknown gunmen. He is

Somalia’s president begins three-day historic visit to Eritrea

The president of Somalia will begin a three-day visit to Eritrea on Saturday in a move that could end rivalry between the two countries. Eritrea's President Isias Afwerki invited President Mohamed Farmajo to Asmara, according to Eritrea's Information minister, saying the visit will take three days. The two Horn of Africa nations

Somalia’s prime minister sacks education minister – state radio

Somalia’s prime minister has sacked the country's minister of education but gave no reason, the state-run radio reported. “Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre today, 26 July 2018, issued a decree sacking Honourable Abdirahman Dahir Osman from his post of minister of education,” Radio Mogadishu reported quoting a decree from the

We have not conducted airstrikes against al-Shabab, says US military

The US Africa Command (Africom) has denied conducting airstrikes against Somalia's al-Shabab, days after the group attacked a Somali military base in the south of the country. "US Africa Command has not conducted a strike within the past 24 hours," Africom spokesman Karl J. Wiest told Xinhua following local media reports

These are Somalia’s 2018 top 10 learners

Somalia's education ministry on Wednesday (25 July) released the results of the country's Unified National Secondary School Examinations conducted earlier this year. According to the ministry, the number of students examined has steadily grown across the country in the last three years, from 20,000 students in 2016, 23,000 in 2017 to

Somalia’s government vows justice after girl FGM death

The government of Somalia says it will for the first time pursue court action against a case of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), the End FGM campaign reported on Wednesday. The group quoted Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir who was participating in a media training program in the capital Mogadishu. “We are

Five must-visit places in Mogadishu in 2018

There are higher chances you read reports discouraging you from visiting Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, or read news about violence in this city. Somalia is in the process of rebuilding and stability is returning and its diaspora is returning to invest in Mogadishu and other places in the country. Here are five places

Five fascinating facts you should know about Somalia

Somalia is one of the most misunderstood and underrated countries in the world. The Horn of Africa nation’s name is often the first that comes to many people’s mind when they think of the terms civil war, famine, piracy and failed state. When someone types the name ‘Somalia’ into any

Ten Great Books About Somalia We Can’t Live Without

A lot has been said and written about Somalia, specially since the fall of its former military regime in 1991. Since that time, hundreds of books have been authored about the place and countless numbers of studies conducted to try to understand one of the world’s most misunderstood countries. Today, Gosahan takes

Al-Shabab flogs four people 100 times each for fornication

Somalia’s Al-Shabab group has flogged four people it accused of committing fornication in the southern town of Ja’ar late Friday afternoon. The flogging happened at a public square and was witnessed by a large crowd. One of the victims received 39 slashes because he was a minor, according to a pro-Al-Shabab wesite,