Security Review-February 2018

Security Review-February 2018

The Horn of Africa is attracting high security-related investments in the recent years with Djibouti becoming a hub for foreign military bases. China, France, Japan, Italy, and the United States already have facilities in the country.1 In addition, Somaliland signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates early 2017 to build a military base at Berbera.2 Conflicts between Kenya and its neighbor is on the rise. Peace talks between the Turkana and Toposa communities were held due to worsening insecurity caused by cattle rustling at Kenya’s border with South Sudan. Strategies were put in place to counter the situation to avoid more harm and bring about peace and tranquility among the communities living in that area. Across the county, parents in Marsabit lamented to the government on issues of their children being radicalized in schools without their knowledge as proof of disappearance of the youths has been noted and has become a major concern to them. This was evident from a report of Sheikhs who visited schools over the weekends and lecturing them on radical ideologies. In Mogadishu, Lt. Gen. Owoyesigire replaced the outgoing Lt. General Osman Noor Soubagleh who has been the Force Commander of the AU Mission in Somalia. The incoming force Commander had previously served in the Ugandan military as an Air Force Commander and Division Commander of the Field Artillery Division. He pledged to continue with the work that had already started especially on capacity building of the Somali National Army. In Qunyo Barrow town, Lower Shabelle region, Al-Shabaab fighters executed two Kenyans over spying suspicions. Locals were forcefully assembled to witness the gruesome act, which the militants regularly conduct in the area. The executions are carried out either by a firing squad, throat slitting or stoning.

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