19/08/08 (B461) Garowe On Line Des soldats mécontents font une razzia dans des barraquements militaires au Puntland, où ils ont volé des armes après un coup de force qui a coûté la vie à 2 gardiens. Angry soldiers raided army barracks in the country’s northern region of Puntland, where they stole weapons after a brief skirmish that wounded two army guards, Radio Garowe reported Monday. (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The incident happened overnight Sunday at 54th Military Camp, which is located in the northern outskirts of Garowe, the capital of Puntland.

Medical sources at a hospital in Garowe said two soldiers are being treated for gunshot wounds, with reports saying one of the wounded soldiers is in « critical condition. »

Puntland military officials declined to comment on the incident, but sources said 37 rifles and boxes full of bullets were stolen from the base.

The group of men who stole the weapons are reportedly Puntland soldiers, many of whom have complained about months of nonpayment.

Angry soldiers have stolen weapons from the Puntland government before, with most of those weapons ending up in neighboring separatist region of Somaliland.

18/08/08 (B461) Garowe On Line / Le Président du GNT accuse le Général Gabre commandant en chef des forces d’occupation en Somalie de corruption et de prises d’intérêt dans des affaires civiles à Mogadiscio et le soupçonne de compromission avec les insurgés islamistes… /Somalia’s president accuses Ethiopia general of taking bribes (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf has accused the Ethiopian army’s top commander deployed in Somalia of « taking bribes » from local business groups, inside sources tell Garowe Online.

In private talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, President Yusuf said Gen. Gabre has « connections » with insurgents and other anti-government groups, the sources added.

Somalia’s president and the Prime Minister, Nur « Adde » Hassan Hussein, are in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where the Ethiopian leader is helping mediate the growing rift between them.

According to Garowe Online sources, President Yusuf called for Ethiopian Prime Minister Zenawi to « replace » Gen. Gabre with a new commander for troops deployed in southern and central Somalia.

The Ethiopian general was accused of allowing Mogadishu’s Bakara Market traders to establish a private security force, which is independent of the government, the sources in Addis Ababa said.

Further, the Somali President said Gen. Gabre is « responsible » for the Islamist rebels’ ability to gain strongholds in Hiran and Middle Shabelle regions.

13/08/08 (B460) Garowe On Line : Des combats violents et des bombardements dans le Sud de la Somalie après des embuscades tendues aux forces éthiopiennes qui ont perdu plusieurs soldats. Les troupes éthiopiennes d’occupation ont reçu des renforts. / Heavy battles in Somalia after insurgents ambush Ethiopia forces (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Fierce fighting erupted in parts of southern Somalia on Tuesday, as Ethiopian forces traveling along a key road were ambushed different times by Islamist guerrillas, Radio Garowe reported.

The fighting was concentrated in Lower Shabelle region, with locals near the Baledogle airstrip reporting of « heavy bombardment » and « many casualties. »

At least 10 people – including civilian bystanders, Ethiopian soldiers and insurgents – have been reported dead so far and many more wounded.

Ethiopian troop reinforcements were dispatched from Baidoa and Afgoye towns, with emerging reports indicating that an Ethiopian convoy was ambushed separately in Burhakaba district, in Bay region where Baidoa is located.

An Ethiopian army truck hit a landmine and exploded in Burhakaba, according to local sources.

The ambushed force was traveling on the road that links the capital Mogadishu to Baidoa, where the country’s federal parliament is based.

Islamist fighters have waged a relentless guerrilla war since early 2007, when the Ethiopian army helped install the Somali government in Mogadishu.
In June, the government and its Islamist opposition signed a peace agreement but violence continues to rage in the country.

09/08/08 (B460) Garowe On Line : Puntland : Une femme Ministre des affaires familiales et des femmes, démissionne du Gouvernement sans rendre publiques les raisons de sa décision / Somalia: Cabinet minister resigns in Puntland (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

A Cabinet minister in Somalia’s Puntland regional autonomy announced her resignation on Friday, but declined to give an official reason.

Asha Ghelle, the Women and Family Affairs Minister, resigned from the administration of President Mohamud « Adde » Muse after being in office since 2005.

Inside sources tell Garowe Online that Ms. Ghelle’s resignation came after a dispute with the Puntland leader.

On July 29, President Muse issued a decree giving Ms. Ghelle « temporary, full authority » as the President’s representative in Mudug region.

In recent months, there have been targeted assassinations and bomb blasts in Galkayo, the capital of Mudug region.

Security sources linked the Puntland leader’s decree, which temporarily handed over his constitutional authority over Mudug to the Women and Family Affairs Minister, to President Muse’s inability to resolve growing insecurity in Galkayo.

But Ms. Ghelle resigned after Muse interferred with her efforts to change senior officials in Mudug, including the region’s treasurer and the mayor of Galkayo.
Muse’s intervention reportedly angered Ms. Ghelle, the only female member of the Puntland government, the sources added.

A security committee recently established by traditional elders in Mudug has threatened to resign if the Puntland leadership fails to accept Ms. Ghelle’s decisions.

The Ministry of Women and Family Affairs owns a building in Garowe, the capital of Puntland, and regularly pays its employees, according to recent parliamentary hearings on the 2007 budget.

Puntland lawmakers have accused the Ministry of Finance of misusing public funds and failing to pay government employees, a charge denied by Finance Minister Mohamed Gaagaab.

04/08/08 (B459) Garowe on line / L’Ethiopie rappelle immédiatement deux généraux de son armée en Somalie, qui ont quitté leur commandement. Selon des sources, le Président du GNT les aura accusé d’avoir participé au complot destiné à suspendre le maire de Mogadiscio – Ethiopia recalls top generals as Somalia rift deepens: sources (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

The Ethiopian army’s top two generals serving in Somalia have been recalled to Addis Ababa, Garowe Online can report.

A private plane transported Gen. Gabre and Gen. Yohanis from Aden Adde International Airport, in the Somali capital Mogadishu, according to sources at the airport.

The two generals’ Sunday trip to Addis Ababa is linked growing discord among the Somali government’s top leaders – mainly, President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur « Adde » Hassan Hussein, who have been at odds for the past week.

President Yusuf reinstated close ally Mohamed Dheere as Mogadishu’s mayor, two days after the Cabinet dismissed the mayor in a vote proposed by the Prime Minister.

Confidential sources close to the Somali President tell Garowe Online that Yusuf called Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and accused Gen. Gabre and Gen. Yohanis of « being part of the conspiracy » to oust Mohamed Dheere, an ex-warlord who enjoyed Addis Ababa’s support for years.

Also, President Yusuf reportedly rejected the Ethiopian leader’s offer to mediate between him and the Prime Minister, the sources added.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Nur Adde named four new Cabinet ministers after 10 ministers announced they quit the transitional government yesterday. [ READ: 10 Cabinet ministers resign in Somalia as govt row deepens]

Somalia’s interim government was established in 2004 as the 14th attempt by the international community to help restore national order in the Horn of Africa country after nearly 18 years of civil war.

In June, Prime Minister Nur Adde reached a UN-brokered peace agreement with an Islamist-led opposition movement that called for a ceasefire and provided a timetable for the Ethiopian army’s withdrawal.

Government supporters fear that deepening rift between the President and the Prime Minister will weaken the transitional government and divide it into two rival factions.

10/07/08 (B455) Garowe On Line / Un cargo allemand pris en otage depuis 41 jours, relâché par les pirates du Puntland, contre le versement d’une rançon de US$ 750.000 (En Anglais – Info lecteur)

Somali pirates who have held a German-owned vessel and its 15-member crew for more than one month released the ship on Tuesday after receiving a ransom payment, a local mayor told Puntland-based Radio Garowe.

Abdullahi Said O’Yusuf, mayor of the coastal village of Eyl, said that all 15 crew members of MV Lehmann Timber were safely released after another ship brought ransom payment totaling US$750,000.

The exchange was made at the high seas and the ship’s owners and the pirates had « direct communication, » Mayor O’Yusuf told Radio Garowe from his office in Eyl.

Currently, there are no hijacked ships that are being held captive near the coast of Eyl, according to the mayor.

But he said that there were « emerging reports » that another ship was hijacked Monday in the Gulf of Aden, but he did not have details.

Somalia’s pirates have netted millions of dollars in ransom payments so far this year, as the pirates exploit weak governance in the region of Puntland, which has become a major hub for piracy in recent years