Benedict Tirop and Jackline Moraa 30 December 2011 Two girls have committed suicide in separate incidents after receiving their KCPE exam results. The two girls, Sylvia Wanjiku from Kathiani Constituency and Mercy Chebet from Kericho County, both aged 14 years, claimed they had performed poorly in the national exams. Sylvia Wanjiku who scored 303 marks [...]
Benedict Tirop and Jackline Moraa
30 December 2011
Two girls have committed suicide in separate incidents after receiving their KCPE exam results.
The two girls, Sylvia Wanjiku from Kathiani Constituency and Mercy Chebet from Kericho County, both aged 14 years, claimed they had performed poorly in the national exams.
Sylvia Wanjiku who scored 303 marks left a suicide note to her mother which read “Dear mum, I have let you down in this world without scoring 400 marks.”
Mr Peter Bett, a resident of the deceased’s Ketitui Village, said the girl hanged herself using a lesso.
“She was in low spirits after checking her results,” he said.
He said the girl had jokingly told the parent that she was going to commit suicide because of the poor results but the warning was not taken seriously.
The mother was shocked to find the body of her daughter dangling from the roof of the house and immediately raised alarm which attracted the villagers.
Telanet Location Chief John Too called on parents to counsel their children who performed dismally to avert such incidents.
We are saddened to announce the death of MAMA DINAH KERUBO MOGESA of Nyamache Bobasi Constituency Kisii District which occurred on the 28th Dec 2011 after ashort illness. She Was A Loving Wife To Late Enock Mogesa. She was a Beloved mother to KACA President Nathan Mogesa of Jersey City, Benjamin Mogesa of PITTSBURG [...]
We are saddened to announce the death of MAMA DINAH KERUBO MOGESA of Nyamache Bobasi Constituency Kisii District which occurred on the 28th Dec 2011 after ashort illness.
She Was A Loving Wife To Late Enock Mogesa.
She was a Beloved mother to KACA President Nathan Mogesa of Jersey City, Benjamin Mogesa of PITTSBURG PA, Norah Moturi of Newcastle Deleware, Alice,Yobesh,Askah,Isabellah,Susan And Omambia of Kenya.
Sister to Esther Nyaruri of Newark New Jersey, Aunt to Rev: Haron K. Orutwa, Mokua Orangi, Aberi Nyaruri, Joyce Nyaruri all of New Jersey, Daniel Mogoi of NORTH CALORINA.
Grandmother to Billia Moturi, Stella Moturi of New Jersey, Felix Okinyi of NC, Damaris of NC and Janice of Deleware. She has many nieces and nephews in the US. People are meeting daily at 286 woodlawn ave in Jersey city for prayers and support.
The Main Function for prayers Service and support will be on January saturday 7th 2012 at 5 pm at Tumaini kristo Lutheran Church 68 mathin luther king drive.
For more information call.
1: Nathan Mogesa 201 780 1260
2: Rev: Haron Orutwa 201 253 6262
3:Tom Mogaka 201 230 2675
4: Baoz Barasa 201 889 9623
5: John Oketch 862 224 0039
6. George Marucha 201 779 8505
7: Ruth Asiago 201 921 4372
8: Stella Moturi 201 936 8085
9: MATONGO MOGOI 919 333 5408 for NC
10: Omambia Oyunge 443 540 4025 for Maryland.
11. Geoffrey Ongubo 201 238 9283
Written By:Margaret Kalekye/Reuters, Posted: Fri, Dec 30, 2011 Somalia militia group al- Shabaab The main money transfer service providers between Minnesota and Somalia have been suspended. This comes after two Somali-American women from Minnesota, were convicted of raising money for al Shabaab rebels. Minnesota, is home to the largest Somali-American community in the United States who [...]
|Written By:Margaret Kalekye/Reuters, Posted: Fri, Dec 30, 2011|
The main money transfer service providers between Minnesota and Somalia have been suspended.
This comes after two Somali-American women from Minnesota, were convicted of raising money for al Shabaab rebels. Minnesota, is home to the largest Somali-American community in the United States who send about 100 million dollars to Somalia each year.
A group of businesses providing money transfers between Minnesota and Somalia suspended services on Thursday, saying it was forced into the move after a U.S. bank shut down what the group called a vital lifeline to the war-torn African country.
Somalia has appealed the decision by Sunrise Community Banks to end the remittances program from Minnesota, the state that is home to the largest Somali-American community in the United States. U.S.-based Somalis send about $100 million back home each year, according to the U.S. Treasury.
Sunrise has said it is looking for alternate arrangements to send remittances, but would end the service it was providing on Friday over fears that it would risk violating U.S. regulatory and anti-terrorism financing laws. It said the decision to end the service was unrelated to the trial of the two women.
The Somali American Money Services Association said the businesses complied with state and federal laws and believed they were being singled out and denied vital banking services.
“Remittance is an essential lifeline for the Somali people, and it is the only source of funding that sustains the livelihood of millions of Somalis, mostly women and children,” the association said in a statement.
The association said services would resume once a solution could be found.
The end-of-year deadline had sparked appeals by the Somali community in Minnesota, the Somali government, U.S. lawmakers and relief groups to find an alternative to the services.
The Somali government has said an estimated $2 billion — one-third of the country’s gross domestic product — is channeled to Somalia through “hawala” or small money transfer businesses.
U.S. banks have been closing such services over the past several years, leaving few alternatives to send money to Somalia, which has no formal banking system. Advocates said the Sunrise shutdown would force Somali-Americans to use less secure and less documented routes.
The association said a rally was planned for Friday afternoon in Minneapolis to protest the end of the services.
Democratic U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minneapolis appealed to President Barack Obama earlier in December to find a way to continue the remittances, citing the “catastrophic humanitarian situation in Somalia.”
Sunrise said it recognized the potential impact from the end of the wire transfer services.
“We continue to work tirelessly with the community and government officials to create a temporary legal and regulatory solution that would allow the bank to extend the account closure date,” Sunrise said in a statement.
NAIROBI LETTER: With the African population set to double by 2040, developers and governments are looking for new ways to house them, writes JODY CLARKE DIVIDED INTO mixed-use residential and commercial areas, with its eight-storey apartment blocks looking down on three-lane tree-lined boulevards, Tatu City gives off an orderly air not normally associated with Kenyan cities. [...]
DIVIDED INTO mixed-use residential and commercial areas, with its eight-storey apartment blocks looking down on three-lane tree-lined boulevards, Tatu City gives off an orderly air not normally associated with Kenyan cities.
But then this is “the first planned city for Africa”, according to Cameron Rush of Planning, the project managers behind the 1,000-hectare development, as he unrolls blueprints for a city that should see its first occupants move in by 2013.
The demand is there for it – 200,000 Kenyans are moving from rural areas to cities every year, where people are already living in congested conditions.
The current housing shortfall stands at 200,000 units a year in Nairobi alone, where 60 per cent of the population live on 6 per cent of the land. Tatu is a vision, albeit an ambitious one, of how the country begins finding solutions to these problems.
“The confines of the city are such that there are no large pieces of land that the city can grow into,” says Arnold Meyer of Renaissance Capital, a division of the Russian investment bank Renaissance partners. It has been buying land in Africa for several years, convinced that the continent offered better prospects in the real estate market than more developed economies.
When a 120-year-old coffee farm north of Nairobi came up for sale, they bought it and soon began looking at ways to develop the portion closer to the Kenyan capital for urban development. The idea for Tatu was born.
Two to three times the size of Nairobi city centre and the size of downtown Johannesburg, Tatu City is designed to house 62,000 people.
Whereas downtown Nairobi functions 12 hours a day, with office workers stuck in long traffic queues in the morning and evening as they look to get home, the idea is that Tatu will operate all-day round.
Renaissance is not building the city itself. Instead, they have acquired the land, got licences and permits in place and put in the infrastructure for it, from laying water pipelines to electricity cables. Local rivers and aquifers will provide 25 million litres of water a day, while a deal has been struck with the Kenyan state electricity provider to supply 150MW of power, 10 per cent of what Kenya uses now.
The company then creates fresh real estate, taking what was agricultural farmland and cutting fresh titles from that. The idea is that for developers, it is plug in and play from there.
With Renaissance putting together plans for other cities in Zambia, Nigeria, DR Congo and Ghana, it wants Tatu to avoid comparisons with white elephant projects often started but never finished by many governments in Africa. The dynamics are in its favour.
In 1980 there were 400 million people in Africa. Last year there were more than a billion, and in the next 30 years, it will hit two billion.
Fifteen cities will grow by a million people in the next 100 months. Nairobi is one of them, as is Cairo, Lubumbashi, Accra, Lusaka and Addis Ababa.
Lagos in Nigeria is forecast to expand by two million, bringing Renaissance to replicate the concept of planned cities across the rest of Africa.
“Wherever we look, capitals and cities are so constrained that they just cannot cater for the growth,” says Meyer.
“Investors are quickly coming to the realisation that cities are going to be the main drivers of growth in Africa. Cities drive innovation, creativity. People like to think that Africa is a disaster case. But in 1880, London was the biggest slum in the world.
“The census at the time indicated an average dwelling housed 35 people. There was no sanitation, all the sewage flowed down the streets. It was a place you did not want to be. But that congestion sparked innovation and had a multiplier effect. The same thing is happening in Africa. Cities are drawing people to them and people are finding solutions because of congestion.”
One criticism of Tatu is that it will suck the life out of downtown Nairobi, leading to a migration of businesses and homes to surrounding suburbia. Renaissance says Tatu will have a rejuvenating effect on the Kenyan capital, not unlike what happened to Johannesburg several years ago. “Sandton was an up-and- coming area and a lot of businesses decided overnight to move. The vacancy factor downtown increased. Entrepreneurs then moved in and converted them to residential, which should have happened long ago. Young people then began moving in because they like the vibe and being within walking distance to social activities.”
And when they can’t get there on foot, the idea is for planned cities such as Tatu to provide an effective integrated public transport system, as well as other public services.
“Tatu will employ an urban management system to make sure all roads, solid waste and sewerage are maintained to a point that are higher than what you see today in other Kenyan municipal authorities,” says Rush. “And that can only translate into better public spaces, a better standard of living and higher quality environment for all.”
December 29, 2011 Cathy Majtenyi | Nairobi, Kenya Photo: AFP Pupils at the Olympic primary school sit in class on without a teacher on the third day of a teachers’ strike organized by the Kenya National Union of Teachers, in Nairobi, Kenya, September 7, 2011. Results for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations [...]
Cathy Majtenyi | Nairobi, Kenya
Results for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations are headline news Thursday in Nairobi, showing top academic performances. Amid the jubilation, however, there are concerns about Kenyan students’ declining performances in English and Ki’Swahili, as compared to other African countries. Also noteworthy – the fourth-best student in the country is a refugee from South Sudan.
Minister of Education Sam Ongeri was quoted as saying he thinks the primary school system’s relatively poor performance in Kenya’s two official languages, Ki’Swahili and English, is due to Kenyans’ heavy use of a language called “sheng” – slang terms especially popular among urban youth.
Sara Ruto is regional manager of Uwezo East Africa, a program to improve literacy and numeracy among children in Kenya,Tanzania and Uganda. She thinks students’ poor literacy performance is not due so much to sheng as it is to teachers using Ki’Swahili, English and their mother tongues all at the same time.
“Nobody is paying close attention to teaching whatever skills they [have], be they oral [or] written. So you’ll find a person will start speaking a sentence in English or Ki’Swahili, maybe pick a few words, [and] complete the sentence in another language. It means that we need to invest more in teaching a whole understanding, comprehension, of a language in its totality,” said Ruto.
Tanzania takes top spot
Last year, the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality, or SACMEQ, released a study ranking Kenya fifth out of 15 African countries on students’ reading ability. Top performers were Tanzania, Seychelles and Mauritius, while the bottom scorers were Zambia and Malawi.
Uwezo’s Ruto explains why she thinks Tanzania is tops compared to Kenya.
“Their system has paid attention to Ki’Swahili. I think that if you have grasped the skill in one language, it is easier for you to grasp in another,” she said. “In Tanzania, there are so many community newspapers. Ki’Swahili is spoken in most places – at home and then again at school. And so you will see there is a little bit more continuity. And also, the skill of reading: you can find it in many more places.”
But some students still excel. Results of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations were on newspaper front pages Thursday all over Kenya, with pictures of students who earned top marks.
South Sudan refugee student shines
One picture stood out in particular: that of South Sudanese refugee Kuol Tito Yak, who lived in Kakuma Refugee Camp until joining Uthiru Genesis Primary school in Standard Three. He scored fourth overall, and the first in Kiambu County.
Lual Dau is head of the Southern Sudanese Students’ Association in Kenya. He said, although he does not know Kuol personally, South Sudanese take education very seriously.
“We are going to reform the new country [South Sudan] – it will be through education, of what we learned. That is what we can take home because there is nothing in Southern Sudan,” said Lual.
The results highlighted other education trends. The top two students were from the capital Nairobi. Coastal area schools performed poorly. All top 10 positions were taken by students studying at private schools, and there are almost as many girls as boys in the primary school system overall.
Thursday, 29 December 2011 BY CHRISPINUS WEKESA Fourth best boy student nationally Kuol Tito Yak is carried shoulder high by teachers at Uthiru Genesis School. Little known Uthiru Genesis school on the outskirts of Nairobi yesterday celebrated the success of a refugee child who emerged fourth countrywide. Jubilant residents lined up the Nairobi-Nakuru highWay [...]
Little known Uthiru Genesis school on the outskirts of Nairobi yesterday celebrated the success of a refugee child who emerged fourth countrywide.
Jubilant residents lined up the Nairobi-Nakuru highWay to catch a glimpse of the 16-year-old Kuol Tito Yak, a refugee, from the Kakuma refugee camp. Tito said he came to Kenya after fleeing the war in Southern Sudan in 2005.
He met fellow Sudanese Aweng Macher who gave him accommodation and ensured he goes to school. Aweng and Tito live in Kawangware. “I am happy and grateful to God. I thank my teachers for the great support they have given me,” Tito said. He said that living as a refugee has not been easy and that God has answered his prayers.
The tall and lanky boy hopes to join Alliance High School. “I have big dreams for my country South Sudan. I want to be a lawyer- to ensure there is justice in South Sudan. My people must get justice after many years of war,” he said.
Tito said that he is proud to have emerged among the top 10 and that he hopes all his fellow Sudanese studying in Kenya will emulate him. His class teacher Anne Wairimu could not hide her joy.
“He joined Uthiru Genesis school in 2005 in class three. He is a polite young boy who is very inquisitive and never kept anything to himself. Sometimes he prayed alone in the room and I wish him God’s blessings,” she said.
Titos cousin Aweng Machar said the boy didn’t know Kiswahili and this forced teachers to arrange private lessons for him. He said Tito had to skip class five and still did well in class six.
“We have no information about our parents. We are refugees and we appeal to well wishers to help us with a scholarship for Tito. I am a first year student at the Catholic University doing a Bachelors degree in Commerce and left alone, I cannot pay his high school fees. We need assistance,” Aweng said.
The boy who emerged tops in the country, Martin Irungu, Tito and Linda Karemi who emerged position six overall said they all want to be lawyers and that they hope they will all join Alliance High School.
Written By:KBC Reporters/KNA, Posted: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 Nyakemincha Primary School lacks sound management,Physical facilities and competent curriculum delivery Nyakemincha Primary,a Public School in Nyamira county lived to its dubious meaning of its name, ‘With a Tail’ by becoming the last nationally. The school’s dismal examination performance from West Mugirango Constituency was not a surprise to stakeholders who [...]
|Written By:KBC Reporters/KNA, Posted: Thu, Dec 29, 2011|
Nyakemincha Primary,a Public School in Nyamira county lived to its dubious meaning of its name, ‘With a Tail’ by becoming the last nationally.
The school’s dismal examination performance from West Mugirango Constituency was not a surprise to stakeholders who claimed they expected the inevitable.
According a resident interviewed, the school lacked sound management, physical facilities and competent curriculum delivery systems.
The resident further claimed that weak pupils had been registered for the KCPE with approval of the school management committee.
According to Education Minister Prof. Sam Ongeri who released the 2011 KCPE results, the school had a 119.26% mean score while privately owned St. Peter’s Preparatory school registered 137%.
Still on poor performance, residents of Kwale town have reacted in shock and disbelief at the KCPE results which have placed the County at the second bottom position nationwide.
The county attained a mean score of 218.1 to clinch position 46 out of 47, beating only Tana River County also at the Coast Province.
In gender issues the county is one of the 14 counties named by the Education Minister Prof. Sam Ongeri as having a big disparity between the number of girls and boys who sat for KCPE.
Only 43 per cent of the candidates were girls the rest- 57 per cent were boys.
Gender disparity is not new in the county and the number of girls enrolled in primary schools often dwindles as a result of early marriages, early pregnancies and child labour.
Education Minister Sam Ongeri pointed out that the Coast region had performed poorly with Kilifi, Lamu,Taita Taveta, Kwale and Tana River counties taking the bottom five positions respectively.
Releasing the results, the education minister said that no meaningful development can be achieved when more than half the population is disadvantaged.
Kwale has the lowest development indicators with maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates being higher than the national average.
The Kenya Health Demographic Survey 2008/09 states that women education is directly related to the health of her family. A woman with a higher level of education is able to meet the health, sanitation and nutrition needs of her children reducing mortality and morbidity.
Kwale was also cited as one of the counties with over age candidates with 2076 students of over 19 years of age having sat the exam.
Of the bottom five primary schools two, Muhaka primary school and Makamini primary school are from Kwale County.
Efforts to reach the three Kwale County district education officers from Msambweni, Kinango and Matuga bore no fruit as none was in the office nor could they be reached on phone.
Meanwhile Machakos District Education Officer (D.E.O) Richard Midamba laments that high enrollment in primary schools as a result of free primary program has been attributed to the dismal performance public schools nationally.
Briefing KNA in his office on Thursday, Midamba lamented that with large pupil population; teachers were overworked and had very little time to adequately prepare the candidates.
Speaking on Wednesday Education Minister Sam Ongeri said that net enrolment rate in 2005 was 83 percent and by last year it had risen to 96 percent in just five years while for ECDE (Early Childhood and Development Education) rose from 57.9 percent to 61 percent last year.
Midamba, however, praised the public schools in the area for having performed better than private schools in the just announced Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).
He observed that though private schools had outshone the public ones nationally, the top performing schools and candidates in the area are from public schools.
Machakos County ranked position 27 nationally which the DEO described as a fair position as everyone competes for position one.
He added that male students did better than their female counterparts adding that only two girls were among the top ten students in the county.
Mr. Midamba challenged female pupils to work hard to compete with the males since the constitution offers equal chances to both genders,
The DEO also reported that Kusyomuomo Primary school in Machakos County results for social studies and religious studies were cancelled for suspected collusion to cheat.
The pupils will get their results minus the one subject considered to have been marred with irregularities.
Thursday, 29 December 2011 They will sleep on Friday and wakes up on Sunday New Year.Pacific island chain plans switch to west side of international dateline to be on same day as Australia and China The South Pacific island nation of Samoa plans to jump a day on Friday 30th December, 2011 to [...]
They will sleep on Friday and wakes up on Sunday New Year.Pacific island chain plans switch to west side of international dateline to be on same day as Australia and China
The South Pacific island nation of Samoa plans to jump a day on Friday 30th December, 2011 to Sunday, New Year, 1st January, 2012 escaping a day. The Samoans will sleep on Friday and wake up on Sunday, switching to the west side of the international dateline in order to make it easier to do business with Australia, New Zealand and eastern Asia. This move will reverse a decision made 119 years ago to stay a day behind in order to facilitate trade with the United States, and will end Samoa’s claim to fame as the last place on Earth to see each day’s sunset, the Associated Press reports. However, neighboring American Samoa, a U.S. territory, will remain on the California side of the dateline.
This isn’t the first time that Samoa has looked eastward: in 2009, the country switched from driving on the right to the left side of the road, in order to standardize with Australia and New Zealand. The changes reflect the country’s increased relations with the Asia-Pacific region. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said that Samoa is currently missing out on two working days a week doing business with New Zealand and Australia due to being on the American side of the international dateline. Currently, when it is Sunday morning in Samoa, it is approaching Monday morning in New Zealand, Australia, China and Singapore.
“While it’s Friday here, it’s Saturday in New Zealand and when we’re at church on Sunday, they’re already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane,” Tuilaepa told the AP. vTuilaepa said he hopes to erase this year’s December 31 from the calendar and celebrate the start of 2012 a night early. He pitched Samoa as a place where tourists will be able to celebrate two birthdays and two wedding anniversaries on the same date but different days, by taking a short flight between Samoa and American Samoa. Samoa, a Polynesian nation of 188,000 people, is located about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. Nearby islands include Tonga, Fiji and the Cook Islands
By David Ochami in El Wak Kenya Defence Forces now control most of the strategic Gedo region in Somalia after Al Shabaab militia fled, according to Kenyan and Transitional Federal Government officials in the northern sector. “All Shabaab is now on the run,” TFG’s military commander in Gedo, Abbas Ibrahim Gure told The Standard. This [...]
By David Ochami in El Wak
Kenya Defence Forces now control most of the strategic Gedo region in Somalia after Al Shabaab militia fled, according to Kenyan and Transitional Federal Government officials in the northern sector.
“All Shabaab is now on the run,” TFG’s military commander in Gedo, Abbas Ibrahim Gure told The Standard.
This follows the ouster of the militia group from Burhache town. The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Transitional Federal Government (TFG) troops are carrying out operations as far as Bardheere, more than 100 kilometres inside Somalia.
Abbas described Al Shabaab as “hyenas that will never change” and must be ousted by the use of force.
|Kenya Defence Forces panhard tank patrols Damasa area in Gedo region as a soldier keeps vigil. [PHOTO: GEORGE MULALA/STANDARD]|
Despite providing some of the initial rationale for the Kenyan operation in the form of constant shelling of Kenyan towns, detonation of landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) like roadside bombs, and abduction of foreigners and Kenyan security forces, operations in the northern sector of Operation Linda Nchi are the least documented.
Geographically the sector extends from Gerille town below Wajir district in Kenya up to Mandera in the North, making it the largest sector that includes such important Somali towns as Bulla Hawa (or Beled Hawa as it is called), Damasa, Burhache, Busar, Garbaharey, Bardheere (an ancient Islamic studies town), Luuq, Dolo, Catamu and Busar among others.
The northern parts of the sector are mountainous with deep valleys within the Juba Valley river system while the Southern parts are drier plains with lighter population.
Ethnically, the region it is populated by ethnic Marehan and the late despot Muhamed Siad Barre is buried in Garbaharey. Some accounts state that Barre was born there, although other authorities suspect he was born in Ethiopia1s Ogaden region, but grew up in Garbaharey.
Historically Gedo and Puntland have been the source of Islamist militancy, including the rise in the 1990s of the defunct Al-Ittihad al-Islami (AIAI), the ideological predecessor of the former Islamic Courts Union and Al Shabaab, especially in the towns of Luuq and Dolo.
Smugglers, human traffickers and other transnational criminals who terrorise Kenya and Ethiopia had found a save haven in Gedo’s un-policed towns and hinterland.
From Bula-Hawa, militants and other criminals have shelled Mandera and El Wak towns since the collapse of Somalia’s central government in 1991.
Many of these attacks went unreported. Last
Month, infiltrators from Bula Hawa blew up a truck and killed four Ministry of Education officials in El Wak, and also tried to attack the local police station.
Police and military sources indicate that all the IEDs and land mines that have struck Mandera during the ongoing operation and before have come from the northern sector.
Since 2007 and this year, several Kenyan security and government officials, civilians and foreign workers have been abducted from El Wak and Mandera into Bula-Hawa and other towns in Gedo.
The most egregious attack was on June 10 when two policemen, were snatched from a foot patrol by suspected smugglers or militants.
It is believed they were initially taken to Garbaharey, but their current whereabouts remain unknown.
In 1997, Kenya shut down the operations of a Saudi agency, Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, after one of its Algerian managers in Garissa, was alleged to have recruited about 300 Kenyan youth into AIAI, after visiting Luuq and Dolo, that had just been overrun by Ethiopian forces, scattering the forerunners of Al Shabaab into central and southern Somalia.
Kenya Defence Forces have deployed in the northern sector that largely covers the troubled Gedo region towards Baidoa in Somalia1s
Kenyan aircraft have hit several Al Shabaab targets in Bardheere in Gedo. The militants claimed the planes struck a relief camp although aid agencies said it had been evacuated before the strikes.
TFG officials say the claims are “classic Al Shabaab propaganda”.
Yesterday, TFG officials said an air strike on one of the militants’ pick-up trucks known as “technicals” full of Al Shabaab fighters in a small town called Yaqle in Gedo region was aborted because the militants forced civilians onto the vehicle to deter missile strikes from the air.
It is not easy to determine the nature and scope of KDF’s operations in Gedo, but occasional details emerge, including an encounter with
Al Shabaab militants in Busar town, 50 kilometres from the Kenyan border.
Lose border towns
And beyond the air strikes, the Kenyans provide aerial and electronic reconnaissance missions, training in and outside Somalia, joint searches and patrols and special operations to strengthen the TFG in liberated areas.
Until early this year the terrorists held sway in most of the towns in Gedo. Burhache was taken by the TFG in March and the Al Shabaab ousted from most towns like Damasa, Luuq, Dolo at the start of the Kenyan operation.
The TFG spokesman for the region, Colonel Warfa Sheikh Aden, claims their troops and KDF have liberated 80 per cent of Gedo and adds that “the only town that has not been liberated is Bardheere” although reliable reports indicate Garbaharey, Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama1a, a moderate Islamist militia allied to the TFG, controls the official capital of the region.
KDF and TFG military strategists believe forcing Al Shabaab out of Gedo region is a strategic objective of the two governments.
Besides losing territory or frontier control according to Lieutenant Mohamed Hassan, the Commander of Kenyan forces in the northern sector, the ouster of Al Shabaab from Burhache, Damasa and Bulla Hawa have denied it revenue generated through taxation and extortion in its former border towns.
“When they lose border towns they lose revenue besides room to maneuver,” said Lt Hassan adding that their ouster cost Al Shabaab major routes connecting Gedo to Ethiopia and Kenya to launch attacks.
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