News / Africa

Somali Official Pleased With Security Reforms

Somalia government policemen guard a street in southern Mogadishu during a raid in which 60 people suspected of creating violence in the capital were arrested (File)
Somalia government policemen guard a street in southern Mogadishu during a raid in which 60 people suspected of creating violence in the capital were arrested (File)

Multimedia

Audio
  • Abdirahman Omar Osman, omali Treasury Minister spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

A cabinet minister in Somalia’s Transitional Federal government says despite difficulties the administration is pleased with the progress of ongoing security reforms.

Treasury Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman said President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed’s government is determined to soon defeat hard line Islamic insurgents who have vowed to overthrow the administration.

He said the newly reformed security agencies will be instrumental in defeating the insurgent groups.

“The government has been working very hard on reforming our security forces now that we have made changes to (the) leadership of our security forces…we are on the right track in terms of these security forces gaining the trust of the population as well as they having the training that they require. So, we are very confident even though it took us a long time than we were expecting,” he said.

The Somali government recently fired the head of its police force and the military chief two days after a suicide bomber killed three ministers and several others in the capital, Mogadishu.

Analysts say the sacking of Police Chief Abdi Hassan Awale and military commander Yusuf Hussein forms part of President Ahmed’s comprehensive security overhaul to retake areas under the control of hard line Islamic insurgents.

Treasury Minister Osman said Somalis want a strong security presence especially in the capital, Mogadishu.

“We believe that the security forces we have trained at the moment will gain the respect of the people as well as bringing peace and stability to the country and that is what the Somali people have been crying very loudly for,” Osman said.

President Ahmed’s internationally backed government has been battling almost daily Islamic insurgents including al-Shabab who control large portions of the country including the capital, Mogadishu.

The insurgents have vowed to overthrow the administration to implement the strictest form of the Sharia law.

Washington has often described al-Shabab as a terrorist organization with strong ties to al-Qaeda.

Osman said the insurgents use fear and intimidation in areas they control.

“They are controlling by fear, by extremism and by recruiting (the) young generation as young as 12 years old. So, they have child soldiers which is against human rights as well as not having the children to go to their school and not having their own rights. So, we believe it is a matter of time. And now we are having the support of the population wherever they are because of what al-Shabab is doing to the people,” Osman said.

Meanwhile, the insurgent group, al-Shabab recently ordered Somali radio stations broadcasting news programming from VOA and the British Broadcasting Corporation to immediately cancel their contracts.

You May Like

Lebanese Media Unite to Support Palestinians in Gaza

Joint newscast billed as Arab world’s first unified news bulletin in support of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip More

Photogallery Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Malaysia denies plane's black boxes were opened before they were handed over to Malaysian officials More

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid