Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia agree on mega projects on River Dawa

Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have agreed to construct a multipurpose dam and a hydro power station on River Dawa in Mandera County, which is aimed at harnessing and promoting sustainable use of the resource.

The three countries also proposed construction of a bridge to link Kenya and Ethiopia on the river, which will promote cross-border movement across the seasonal river.

The countries representatives who met at Sarova Panafric hotel in Nairobi during a three day meeting organized by IGAD also called for cooperation in the management and sustainable use of River Dawa. Kenya was represented in the forum by Mandera County Governor Ali Roba, who said the projects will help utilise the river to the benefit of citizens.

“Harnessing the water from the river can solve the persistent drought that the region has been experiencing. We are optimistic that the process will be successful since each of the States is very positive about the proposal,” Roba said. The meeting was called to discuss the cooperation in the management and sustainable use of River Dawa.

During the meeting, which ended on Thursday, the three countries formed a technical team which will conduct a feasibility study of the proposed projects and share its finding.

The process will be steered by IGAD. River Dawa is a seasonal river which flows cumulatively for nine months, and traverses through the three countries.
Source: standardmedia

Kenya police

One Person Dead in Kenyan Port City After Riots Over Killing

One person died and four people were injured in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa during riots sparked by the death of a businessman wanted by authorities for “terror-related” activities, a senior police commander said.

A mob of youths attacked people with machetes and knives yesterday after the burial of Hassan Musa, also known as Guti, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen a day earlier, Mombasa Police Commander Robert Kitur said today in an interview. The authorities arrested 100 suspects in connection with the riots and other unspecified “criminal acts,” Kitur said.

“They said their friend was killed so they are also going to kill others,” said Gilbert Isikye, who was wounded in the attack and spoke from his bed at a Mombasa hospital yesterday. “They hit me with a machete in the back,” he said.

Mombasa is part of the Kenyan coastal area under a travel warning by the U.K. following a series of gun and grenade attacks linked to Islamist militant group al-Shabaab. The militia raided a Nairobi mall last year, killing at least 69 people, and vowed to continue carrying out revenge attacks for Kenya deploying troops in Somalia to back the government there.

Young people are being fed illegal drugs by groups trying to “radicalize” them and then sent out to attack the public, regional county Commissioner Nelson Marwa told reporters today. Authorities are starting a crackdown on drug cartels ferrying shipments through the Mombasa port and are using the proceeds to fund “terror activities” in Kenya, he said. “We want to break the entire chain of supply and demand,” Marwa said.

Preventative Failure Mombasa-based Muslims for Human Rights criticized the police for failing to prevent yesterday’s demonstrations.

“I am disappointed by the police’s failure to preempt the attacks because these are known hooligans who seek to take advantage of such situations,” director Khelef Khalif said by phone from Nairobi.

Last week, a moderate Muslim preacher, Sheikh Salim Bakari Mwarangi, who condemned the radicalization of youth, was gunned down in Mombasa by unidentified assailants. His death is the latest in series of murders of clerics since 2012, including Sheikh Abubaker Shariff, known as Makaburi, who was on an United Nations sanctions list for allegedly recruiting young Kenyans for violent activity in Somalia. Makaburi’s killing in April led to unrest and increased tension in Mombasa.


Kenyan Muslim preacher shot dead: police

Gunmen in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have shot dead a moderate Muslim cleric, a vocal opponent of the radical preachings of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, police said Wednesday.The shooting in Kenya’s second city is the latest in a series of killings of preachers, amid power struggles between rival Muslim factions.

Salim Bakari Mwarangi was shot late Tuesday by gunmen riding a motorbike as he left after prayers at the Bilal mosque in Mombasa, a key port as well as important tourist hub for the country’s Indian Ocean coastline.

“Gunmen on a motorbike slowed down, shot at him and sped off,” Mombasa police chief Robert Kitur said. “Police have launched an investigation and manhunt for the attackers.”

Kassim Bakari, a relative of Mwarangi, said the slain cleric had received death threats and feared for his life.

“People were calling him saying they are looking for him to kill him,” Bakari said. “But he was a preacher who liked peace and always preached peace.”

Several Western nations have warned their nationals to avoid all but essential travel to Mombasa, hit by bombings and shootings since Kenya invaded Somalia in 2011 to attack the Shebab, later joining an African Union force battling the Islamists.

In June, gunmen on a motorbike killed an influential moderate cleric, Mohamed Idris, also an opponent of the Shebab.

That murder followed the assassination in April of prominent hardline cleric Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, better known as Makaburi, who was a vocal supporter of Osama bin Laden.

In August 2012, radical preacher Aboud Rogo Mohammed was also gunned down, sparking deadly riots. His successor, Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail, met the same fate on a road near Mombasa in October 2013.

Supporters of the dead clerics accused the security forces of carrying out those killings, claims officials denied outright.

Churches have also been attacked.

Source: AFP


International honors pledge $8 bln for Horn of Africa

International donors pledged $8 billion in development aid Monday for projects across eight countries in the Horn of Africa, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon announced at the start of a visit to the region.

The aid, from organizations including the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), European Union and Islamic Development Bank (IDB), will support efforts to boost economies and stem conflict and hunger across the volatile region.

Countries targeted are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.

“The countries of the Horn of Africa are making important yet unheralded progress in economic growth and political stability,” Ban said in a statement.

“Now is a crucial moment to support those efforts, end the cycles of conflict and poverty, and move from fragility to sustainability.”

Ban, who begins his Horn of Africa trip in Ethiopia Monday, is due to travel onwards to neighboring Djibouti and Kenya, leading a delegation from six other international organizations.

Alongside Ban is World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, and officials from the African Union, EU, the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) bloc of nations, as well as the AfDB and IDB.

Projects include support for oil pipelines and improving transport links, as well as boosting education and internet access.

Aid will also aim to increase cross-border trade, and boost economic growth in a region struggling with rampant unemployment as well as millions of people forced from their homes by war or hunger.

“This new financing represents a major new opportunity for the people of the Horn of Africa to make sure they get access to clean water, nutritious food, health care, education, and jobs,” World Bank chief Kim said.

“There is greater opportunity now for the Horn of Africa to break free from its cycles of drought, food insecurity, water insecurity, and conflict.”

While in Nairobi, Ban will also launch a global campaign to end female genital mutilation.

This is the third trip that Ban has undertaken with the World Bank and other organizations, following visits to the Sahel and Great Lakes regions last year.

The visit comes amid efforts to end fighting in South Sudan that has sent nearly half a million refugees fleeing into neighboring countries.

Source: AFP

Djibouti Under 17 boys  Photo CECAFA Media

Djibouti youngsters romp through to Arab youth tourney semis.

Djibouti youngsters romp through to Arab youth tourney semis.

Djibouti’s U-17 football squad booked their place in the semi-finals of the Arab youth football tournament, which is currently under way in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

The Youngsters shared points with Qatar, after their hotly-contested match ended in 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Earlier, the boys humiliated their Mauritanian rivals by 4-3 in the opening match of the tournament which was played on 20th of October,

The Djibouti youngsters, who are now classified as one of the strongest teams in the competition, have made a good approach and so far stories about them have been circulated in the news headlines around the region.

For the past two years, the youthful team has been under daily training sessions since they were short listed from school tournament some 20 months ago.

In his post election address on November 10 2012, the Djibouti Football Federation president Souleiman Hassan Waberi announced football development plans in particularly to build football from the bottom in a bid to hunt young talented players from inter-school and regional levels tourneys.

In December 2013, the youthful boys had trained in Doha for two weeks to help them catch up with the weather in Qatar, as the Gulf state was preparing for hosting the youth tournament.

“As I pledged two years ago, my policy toward football development in Djibouti targets school children and boys as young as 12 or 13, because educating children under football is part of building football knowledge from the bottom” the FDF president Souleiman Hassan Waberi told CECAFA Media.

The president pledged bonus for the boys if they win the tourney adding that finishing 2nd is also a good result, but he was very hopeful that the youngsters may win the trophy.

Meanwhile, in the capital Djibouti, hundreds of football fans have been seen in the streets to celebrate the historic approach made by their U-17 boys.

The fans were chanting positive slogans, while waving the country’s national flag, before they finally gathered outside the FDF headquarters in the city center.