10 October 2013

Somalia: Federal Govt Paying Media to Spread Anti-Kenya Propaganda, Sources

Kismayo — The Somali Federal Government (SFG) officials working at Villa Somalia Presidential compound reportedly pay Media members in Mogadishu to spread propaganda against the neighbouring country of Kenya, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking to Garowe Online News Agency in Mogadishu, a reporter who asked to remain anonymous has unveiled he received undisclosed amount of bribes twice from Villa Somalia officials to publish reports of torture and human rights violations by AU troops led by Kenya in the southern port city of Kismayo.

Strategic Kismayo port, which fell to Kenya in September 2012, has been a spot for distorted stories about Kenyan-AMISOM troops who liberated Al Shabaab's last bastion in a massive military operation aimed at exerting SFG's authority vicinities locating beyond Mogadishu.

The reporter added that the Mogadishu-based Federal Government implicitly wants Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) out of Kismayo and to make the undisclosed campaign happen, uses inept journalists as a tool to spread anti-Kenya propaganda.

"Through various means including pledges and financial assistance, the journalists who are capable of conveying reports in English are asked to publish stories like, Raskanboni militias with the help of Kenyan forces forcibly evicted occupants from buildings and Kenyan forces indiscriminately fired live ammunition at passers-by," he revealed.

Distorted accusations on Kenya and Tribal campaign:

On 4th of August 2013, the heads of state and government of the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) met in the Ugandan capital of Kampala to discuss Somalia's peace-building efforts but sources who attended the meeting said, accusation against Kenya overshadowed the one-day conference after Somalia's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Fowsiyo Haji Adan accused Kenya of handpicking leader for Kismayo and eventually behind deadly clashes that left over 100 people in the port city.

As part of withdrawal efforts by the Mogadishu administration, Deputy Minister of Information Abdishakur Ali Mire, following the arrest of what Kimayo admin at the time called as troublemaker but the Somali Federal Government later crowned as the commander of division 43 SNA (Somali National Army), Col. Abas Ibrahim Gurey officially condemned Kenyan forces operating in Kismayo for involving in Kismayo violence in June.

Mohamed Hassan Haad, a prominent Hawiye clan elder in Mogadishu called on the real Somalis to wage Jihad on Kenyan-AMISOM troops, a remark regarded as "reckless" which was engineered by President Hassan's henchmen and close presidential aides.

According to reliable sources and peculiar reactions by President Hassan's close friends, it is noteworthy to mention that Mogadishu-based federal government deliberately orchestrated 'pitched battles" between Jubaland administration and the SFG's widely speculated proxy and former warlord, Col. Barre Hirale.

Reform or replacement:

As President Hassan's first year of tenure had since been gripped by "turbulent domestic policies" and "weak anti-terrorism policy", the smiling president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud now faces immense pressure from the regional allies to either carry out reforms or vacate the post as the head of state and the leader of a country that has been a home to reviving hostilities and foreign jihadists who further worsened the level of insecurity, sources said.

The recent deadly siege at upscale shopping mall in Kenyan capital of Nairobi prompted international outcry and revealed the scale of Al Shabaab's terror plots which strenuously hit neighbouring countries, throwing Somalia back to the regional and global stages.

On August 25, a leading pioneer and powerful state on Somalia's northeastern tip, Puntland suspended all cooperation with the Mogadishu administration in response to deliberate violations in the legitimate Provisional Federal Constitution (PFC). However Puntland government officials who spoke to Garowe Online says, the Mogadishu-based Federal Government still continues to meddle in Puntland's political affairs by stirring insecurity in the region and sabotaging all progressive processes put in place by Puntland.

Though President Hassan was once the vocal opponent of Jubaland administration, he has been succumbed to recognize Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) as the legitimate leader of Jubaland's three regions, Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Gedo regions by "Jubba Agreement" in late August.

It is yet unclear whether President Hassan would make the much-needed reforms or encourage the furtherance of Somalia's fragmentation, a national threat which could slide back the country into anarchy.


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