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Khat exports to Somalia resumed as overpricing dispute ends

Khat traders in Kenya have started again the export of the herbal stimulant to neighbouring Somalia after suspending it for three days due to high taxes and overpricing complaints.

Planes loaded with sacks of khat arrived in Mogadishu on Wednesday, an eyewitness confirmed.

Khat, a multi-million dollar business for countries across the Horn of Africa and in Yemen, consists of the succulent purple-stemmed leaves and shoots of a bush whose scientific name is Catha edulis.

Chewing it for hours produces a mild buzz.

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Somalia’s new cabinet wins Parliament approval
Somalia's parliament has approved the government of Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid with a comfortable majority following weeks of Political bickering on its formation. More than 200 lawmakers atten...
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Somalia lawmakers warn of another clash over new cabinet

Members of the Somali Federal Parliament have voiced out their concerns and criticized on the nominees for the new cabinet expected to be unveiled later this week.

The Somalia lawmakers unanimously on Monday threatened to not approve the new cabinet if the ministers they rejected two weeks ago appear on the list again.
 
”We have heard that the there are some incompetent ministers in the new Cabinet who are neither contributing to the development of the country nor to the government… if they are appointed we will definitely not give them the vote for confidence,” read a statement from the MPs which was released following their meeting.

Elsewhere, Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud told journalists in his office on Monday that the new government will be of ”experienced” members and urged the nation to support in order the government to reach its goals. But he did mention whether the former ministers will be named again.

The President was not also asked nor mentioned in his press conference the statement from the MPs.

”Some of them have failed to fulfill their duties before and were involved in crimes,’’ said one of the lawmakers.

Horseed Media has learnt that President is pressuring Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid to appoint members of his party ‘’Damul-jadiid’’ in the cabinet who played a vital role in the ousting of the two former Prime Ministers following political disputes with the President. Majority of the lawmakers are against the President’s ‘’inexperienced cronies’’ to serve again in the cabinet.

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Somalia: Suicide bomb attack hits Mogadishu ahead of President Erdogan visit
At least two people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a day before Turkish President Recep Dayyib Erdogan official visit. The attack hit a hotel...
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U.S banks move ruining the lives of families in #Somalia

Last week, a U.S based bank, Merchants Bank of Carlifornia NA, announced that it is closing the bank accounts of companies that transfer money to Somalia, despite calls for reconsideration. The move stunned the entire Somali community across the world and the international community that supports the state, calling the decision a ‘’catastrophe’’.
 
Now they are concerned for their relatives’ welfare and effects of the shutdown have started to emerge.

Somalia lacks an international banking system which makes difficult for citizens abroad to send money back home to their relatives. So, they use remittances to send the money every month that provides the families to meet their immediate needs for food, shelter, clothing, and other basic necessities as well able to set up small businesses, send children to school and support their communities during difficult moments.

However, since the central government of Somalia was overthrown in 1991, majority of the Somali people have been relying on money sent by relatives and friends living abroad becoming the single most important source of income.

It is believed that each year Somali citizens across the world send about $1.3 billion back home. These flows represent a significant share of Somalia’s economy and help to reduce Somalia’s reliance on assistance from foreign governments and international organizations.

This exceeds the total sum for humanitarian aid to Somalia, which reaches $800 million at its highest.

Somalis based in the U.S. send approximately 214 million dollars each year to support their families, relatives and friends that have been affected by the civil wars, nearly the same amount the U.S. sends in foreign assistance to Somalia estimated at 242 million dollars, a report delivered by international organizations says.

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US bank to axe Somalia transfers over al-Shabab fears

A bank which handles money transfers between US-based Somalis and their families in east Africa is to close its service over concerns the funds are being channelled to militants.
Merchants Bank of California handles up to 80% of such transfers from the US, worth about $200m annually.

But it says it will no longer be able to continue due to new money-laundering regulations.

One US congressman described the decision as “catastrophic”.

Keith Ellison who represents Minneapolis, which has the largest concentration of Somalis in the US, said the closing of such services would be devastating.

“There is no doubt that a decline in remittances will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis and erode the gains Somalia has made in recent years,” he said in a statement released by Oxfam.

Regulators are concerned that some of the money transfers may be finding their way into the hands of Islamists tied to the al-Shabab militia.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a federal regulator, told the US bank last year that it found its anti-money laundering procedures inadequate.

In the US, bank directors are responsible for ensuring all the funds they handle are used for legitimate purposes.

The OCC ordered the Merchants Bank to determine more exactly the destination of the funds it was wiring.

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Somalia’s Auditor General complains of receiving death threats from President’s staff
The Auditor-General of Somalia has revealed that he has received death threats from senior officials of the President’s office while in auditing process. Speaking to journalists in Mogadishu, Mr Nu...
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Somalis torn between hunger in Dadaab and uncertainty at home
On 8 December, a blue and purple bus made a highly significant and somewhat controversial journey, 350 miles across the tatty scrubland that forms the border between Kenya and Somalia. Inside the v...
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Iyada oo maanta (Sabti) Xildhibaanada Baaralaanku u ballansan yihiin in ay codka kalsoonida u qaadaan Golaha Wasiirada ka kooban 60 ee uu dhawaan ku dhawaaqey Raysalwasaare Cumar Cabdirashiid, ayaa...
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Blast hits troop convoy in Somalia’s Kismayo
A remote-controlled bomb hit a vehicle in a troop convoy in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo, killing at least three soldiers, police and residents said on Sunday. Militant group al Shabaab...
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Horseed was established by a dynamic and intellectual group of Somali Diaspora in Netherlands and Finland. The purpose of Horseed, literally meaning leader, is to advocate for peace and development in Somalia while informing the public on current affairs in a balanced and non-stereotyped manner.

Since establishment, Horseed made extensive contribution in areas of social and economic development and media skills and technology.

Our regular weekly programs on radio that is also conveyed on to the website include hourly focus on women and family, peace, Health, human rights, business, religion, sport and literature, culture and tradition, Media and Entertainment. Horseed trained more than 10 radio journalists on contemporary radio journalism in 2008.