“$96M Taken From the Central Bank Remains Unaccounted For ” – Auditor General 2021 Financial Report

23.11.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia Somalia’s Auditor General (AG) released a damning Financial Statement report in which he accuses the former government of removing millions of dollars from the Central Bank in 2021 amongst other findings. In the statement, Auditor General Mohamed M. Ali outlined that there were borrowings made by the Ministry of Finance that totalled... Continue Reading →

Villa Somalia Disbands More Vital Independent Commissions while the Nation is Distracted by the War

22.11.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia In another reshuffle of the upper echelons of the Somali state, President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud disbands yet another series independent commissions that were formed during the previous administration. In recent months, we have seen the President disband or reshuffle a number of commission that were meant to be independent of the government... Continue Reading →

The disbandment of the Anti-Corruption Commission & Possible Dangers

12.10.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia On the 9th of October, Villa Somalia released a statement in which it outlined a Presidential decree signed by President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud effectively disbanding two critical independent institutions created by Parliament: The Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC) and the Judicial Service Commission which were both vital for tackling corruption and developing an... Continue Reading →

Somalia & the issue of Petroleum

20.9.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia Over the last decade, there has been an exponential boom in the exploration of hydrocarbon resources in the East Africa region which has been categorised as the new frontier of oil and gas exploration in the globe - especially as the globe looks for alternative sources of energy away from Russia and... Continue Reading →

NCC Meeting: Remaining Issues

12.09.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia Leaders of the Federal Member States and the Federal Government gathered in Mogadishu to discuss the current impasses and disputes amongst themselves as well as the current issues facing the country. This was the second attempt by Villa Somalia to hold an NCC summit. A planned event intended to take place back... Continue Reading →

Civilians Killed in US Drone Strike in Mubarak

11.09.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia The United States Military Africa Command (AFRICOM) has conducted an drone strike in Somalia which has killed 7 civilians in Mubaarak, Lower Shabelle region of Hirshabelle State. This is another major drone strike by the US government in recent weeks: On August 9th, the AFRCOM conducted a drone strike near the regional... Continue Reading →

US to train more Danab Commandos

07.09.2022: Mogadishu, Somalia Somali Defence Minister Abdulkadir Mohamed Nur alongside the Somali National Army Chief Gen. Odowaa Yusuf Raage met with the US Ambassador to Somalia, Larry Andre in Mogadishu this afternoon to confirm the training of more Danab commandos as the projected is signed off. The US began training Danab Commandos in 2014 and... Continue Reading →

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