Sunday, 23 September 2012

SOCIAL GOOD SUMMIT - MOGADISHU

Tedx Mogadishu and what took you so long Foundation did an event called Social Good Summit, where they showed how technology and Mogadishu is keeping pace together. They invited me to do an interview on the benefits of what technology had brought to Mogadishu. Technology has changed the world, no doubt. It was a brilliant moment to showcase that Mogadishu is reviving and surviving despite the chaos it has faced over the past 21 years.


Here is a short preview of the video (see if you can spot me) and be sure to tune live on September 24th, at www.sgsmogadishu.com - 1pm Mogadishu time (11am GMT). It will make you feel inspired and give you a different prospective of Mogadishu. The beauty of its people and the city as whole will sure make you smile.

Care to enjoy.



I will also do a summary report on the event come tomorrow evening. Stay Tuned!

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

KEEP THE FAITH SOMALIA!

There was a double suicide bombing today, both in a restaurant where a lot of politicians, journalist and ordinary people come to chill, drink coffee and socialise. 14 people were killed, including 3 young journalists, with 60 injured. My condolences go out to their family in this tragedy. Those involved must be caught and put to justice.

 Enough is enough.

 I’ve been to this restaurant a lot of times and know personally the owner. He use to live in London, like me, and came to Somalia to help the progress the country is going through. He created a lot of jobs for the unemployed and now so many people are feeding their families because of his vision. He also has 2 other restaurants in Mogadishu. From what I heard, he’s safe and was not present when it happened.

We thought we had all moved on. Yes we did but we haven’t moved on to an extent where we must all unite, the people and the government, against al-Shabab. This terrorist organisation must and will be stopped immediately. We all need to be aware and alert to mark out any suspicious behaviours and movements. We have to report what we hear and see. I am sure the community is scared but we need to put our fears aside for our future and our children.

This will not stop our progress.

 We have come so far to bow to their pressure. Allah is on our side and we will exterminate them from the face of the earth. Inshallah!

FREE SOMALIA

Deeq – Editor - PPG

Sunday, 16 September 2012

INAUGURATION DAY SOMALIA

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, New Somali President,
being sworn in

We got ourselves a new chief in Town. Incumbent president Sheikh Sharif handed over the leadership to Hassan Sheikh in a ceremony that had African Leaders and Arab representatives present with our Turkish counterparts.

 It seemed incredible to witness this historic moment. Remember Somalia had ever only had 2 elections since our Independence in 1960. Throughout that time, Siaad Barre was leader of the country through a dictatorship regime. But we must also recognise Siaad Barres era was the most successful period Somalia has ever witnessed.

We have seen better days Somalia but personally, I haven’t. I was born in 85 and Siaad Barre’s Government collapsed in 91. Come the next year, I was off to London, England. But I have read, watched and listened to countless times the days of Siaad Barre. How the country was the most powerful nation in Africa and Mogadishu winning countless time as the cleanest City in Africa.

Seeing my Fathers smile when Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was sworn in, I truly saw the excitement and the joy he was going through. I looked around the hall and there was a buzz about, a buzz that I cannot describe. The good days are coming back.

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud took over the helm with the full backing of the people. Those present at the inaugural ceremony was the leader of Djibouti, the vice Prime Minister of Turkey, Ethiopian Prime Minister, the Prime Minister of Uganda and several other representatives from the Arab Nations and Africa.

The ceremonial started with singing and dancing. We Somali’s are nation of poet and love to sing. You couldn’t possibly imagine that this time last year, it would have been impossible to get these entire guests in one hall, with music and dancing, without the possibility of a terrorist lurking someone amongst the crowd. It was a moment we Somalis took full control of. The globe was watching and we did ourselves proud.

One also has to give credit to Sheikh Sharif. He was the man who liberated the city free of Al-Shabab with the help of AMISOM. He has played a vital role in this battle.

Former President Sheikh Sharif handing over the flag to new
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (centre)
He handed over the rule to Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a briefcase, which reminded me of the red box that Chancellor of the Exchequer in England carries around but this time it was a brown box! It seemed very protocol and very professional. Head of leaders all spoke and so did the diplomats that were present. As a way of respect, people gave them time to talk but hardly anyone can remember what any of them said due to the fact that everyone was more eager to hear the new President speak.

When it was the time for him to talk and give out a national speech to the people, the whole hallway erupted in massive applause and singing of the national anthem. He was firm and professional. He needed to be as Somalia was going through a massive change but lacked any leadership. He knew it was the moment and the fact that all eyes were on him.

 He talked very directly, and briefly, about 4 agendas which have affected our nation and need to be addressed. 1 Security, 2 Economy, 3 Reconciliation, 4 National Unity. These four are a must for the President and will determine his legacy. But Rome was not build in a day.

It is a new era and a new leader. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is officially our President and I want to send my fall backing to him. I have every assurance in his capability and leadership. If anything, he is the one who can guide us, with Allah’s help, to lead Somalia as an established Nation which can be a force, once again, in Africa.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Welcome and know that you have all our backing with 100% commitment.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Friday, 14 September 2012

TRAUMA DIALOGUE - SOYDEN

Group Photo

 Celebrations are complete and it’s back to the actual work. I got invited to a consultation arranged by SOYDEN where at least a 70 people attended including 4 MPs, where we all united ideas on how we can deal with the raising trauma cases across Somalia. As you would all know by now, Somalia has been ravaged by a deadly civil war which has lasted for 21 years.

It was a very interesting dialogue and it raised the benefit on how women can play a major role in this crisis and offer them a leading character which I agree 100%. Women are our Mothers, Sisters and the main foundation of each and single one of us. Their presence brought a fresh air into the environment in which they contributed quite a lot of knowledge. There were several ideas we all shared and contributed. It was a beautiful and a humble experience for me personally. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference to a degree where we exchanged networks with each other to bring more players into the dialogue.

What we now face is a young population who have seen so much throughout their young lives that it is impossible for them to wipe away the memories they have witnessed. Among the attendees were the 16 district peace committees of Mogadishu, each with 3 rep present. Each district sent 3 representatives from a peace committee’s that they have set up and chosen citizens from their counties. It was a privilege to be at the conference and I have learned a lot of knowledge from the dialogue.

Now what we need to do is put action into the ideas we contributed in order to help our people.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

BREAKING NEWS: SOMALIA ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT!

New Somali President


It’s over, we have a new President. Mr Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has beaten the incumbent President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed with an overwhelming majority.  The first round was won by Sheikh Sharif with 3 others behind and Hassan Sheikh on second place.

The final round, 2 other candidates withdrew from the race where it was left with outgoing president Sheikh Sharif and Hassan Sheikh. Hassan Sheikh absolutely smashed him to pieces.

More to come tomorrow.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Monday, 10 September 2012

FINAL NOTE TO THE SELECTING MPs


This is the moment. The moment we have been praying for. 21 years of non-government problems and war with famine. 2 decades of our lives have been wasted on moving from one country to another. We have been given a chance by Allah to set our issues straight. Over 200+ MPs will secretly choose a President to lead Somalia.


Port of Mogadishu
There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes talk of candidates buying the seat and offering compensation in return for a vote. I pray to Allah that the MP’s realise they have the trust of the whole nation. Think before you vote. You are playing with our future. All eyes are fixed on you. Do not let us down like previous failed MPs who had only corruption on their mind. We are counting on you to select a fair leader with your hearts. Money comes and goes but a great leader can give every single Somali a brighter future. We have natural resources which have still not been found. We have Gas reserves, Oil, the longest coastline in Africa. We have been blessed to be located in a strategic position on the horn of Africa. When ships head for Europe, instead of going around South Africa, they cut from the Gulf of Aden which saves many months for them. The Gulf of Aden belongs to us.


With a maximum population of 15 Million Somalis, there was a recent study which was published that stated, with Somalia’s natural reserves, each Somali worldwide can get a share of at least 2 Million Dollars excluding the resources which can go back into the country. This is a staggering figure and we all just pray to Allah that, come tomorrow, the MPs refuse any cash offers but vote with a clear conscious.  
If they vote wisely, we can all prosper as nations who have suffered enough. Somalia was once the might of Africa, whether it came down to military, production or state of living. Mogadishu was the top holiday destination in Africa. We had it all but lost it in a moment of panic.

Mogadishu - 1988
Thanks to all our prayers, the good days are surely on the comeback. Allah has guided us to finally think straight and to fix this problem. I want to end this note with the now historic speech:

"Ask not what your country can do for you - Ask what you can do for your Country"
                                                     - John F Kennedy 1961

SOMALIA HAA NOLAATO! (LET SOMALIA LIVE!)

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Sunday, 9 September 2012

CURRENT PRESIDENT INVITES SUPPORTERS AND MPs TO LUNCH AND A GATHERING

Mr Sharif at the United Nations General Assembly

Current President, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, held a congregation for all his supporters  at the newly opened City Palace Hotel, which drew a whole lot of all-stars. amid the crowd, were MPs, former leaders, comedians and members of all tribes across the country. Former Prime Minister, Mohamed Ali Gedi, Alhus Sunna Wal Jameyca leader AbdulKadir Maacalin Nur, Top Police Generals, Army Generals and current mayor Mohamud Tarsan. Also in attendance were former rivals for the seat but who now are pushing Sheikh Sharif for Another term in the seat.

What stood out from the crowd was the amount of people who came from the Diaspora to give their backing for Mr Sharif. And as usual our women, god bless them, kept up the spirit in the hall with poetry which constantly got Huge applause each time they sung it even to the point Mr Sharif had to get involved and sing along.

He came up at the end to finalise the gathering. Put up quite a few jokes here and there. The biggest shock came when his wife, live on television, collapsed due to dehydration. It was announced that she was tired, due to the gathering lasting since the morning up until way through the night. She got a big cheer as she made her way out to get some fresh air.

The main event for the “Blockbuster” event has arrived. The selling of one another is finished. This is it. Tomorrow will be a challenging test for us Somalis as a nation. It is the first step of our revival. The real work starts on Tuesday, this will be the day we see how the losers of the election will take their defeats.

But let’s be optimistic, change has arrived and it is here to stay, regardless of your feeling.

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Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Saturday, 8 September 2012

THE GREAT DEBATE PART II


Confident, some were assertive, dull while motivated. Ambitious, few had no ambition or little planning. Others had Personality and only 3 or 4 were destined to be great leaders. Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy and Ahmadinejad etc... Just some character personalities I listed while observing and listening to each nominee one by one, expressing his goal for Somalia. You may have examined my last post titled The Great Debate Part 1.


Today’s scrap was little appealing. Was it because it was done in the morning when I was fresh with a cup of coffee and had full attention or was it that part 1 left me exhausted because it ran deep into the night? I don’t know. But what I do know is that I was persistently writing notes on each candidate. I want to keep my personal opinion on the presidential candidacy to myself.  This is due to the fact that I don’t want to come across as being biased when the motto of my blog is “Fair, Balanced and determined.”

That said, enough of me. To their advantage, The nominees who were left to speak woke up with the knowledge of hearing last night’s candidates on the promise’s they want to accomplish. They had a head start to be fair. Some were elegant enough to add the missing Key fundamental issues regarding Somalia, Security, Poverty and Somaliland. How are we going to get rid of all these guns by persuading the people to put their weapons down? How will we begin a technique of collecting tax to fund the poor on providing them with shelters? What can we do to persuade Somaliland to join the table to contribute and build a great Mother Somalia? The dialogues had more to do with statistics and wants. There was a lack of must on the agendas. We want and we must have 2 different dominant meanings.

The voting, by the way it will be nominated by the MPs, will be an interesting one. There was a sense of sparkle about the whole process. It was professional and very timing. Each man had his time and was told precisely when the time was up. Mr Jowari, House of Speaker, made sure his influence was once again felt loud and clear.

This is the first time as a population that we feel positive about this election. First, it will be done inside the capital, Mogadishu. And second, there wasn’t any foreign diplomat or whatsoever nearby at the meeting. Just all Somali nationals and that is a huge declaration by us Somalis, who have numerous times been told we need outsiders to guide us to shape a government.

With the election on Monday, Inshallah we must take advantage of the opportunity we have been given by Allah to a full maximum.

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Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Friday, 7 September 2012

THE GREAT DEBATE PART 1



20th Aug: Somali MPs held Inauguration day. They will
decide now by voting for the future President on Monday
A live debate and talk by the Presidential hopefuls took place tonight. This was a chance for the candidates to convey their ideas, To the selected MPs who will be voting, on how to outline the future of our great Nation and vision for Somalia.

We've seen the front 3 top favourites, current President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Prime Minister Abdiweli Gass and Mohamed Farmaajo. It was a pale but very straight narrowed speech by the 3. There was no tit for tat speeches like before, just a very professional manner in which all the candidates gave out. Every expectant had 45 minutes to sell his ideas. And they did what they had to do.

The room was at first, very serious. It looked determined, and it should be. But its amazing what a little bit of humour can do.

The biggest cheer of the night came for Salad Ali jeelo, a man who had a personality that lit the entire room. He came in with a broad smile and, reading constantly from his notes, it did not look as if he really wanted the presidency but to bring a some sense of humour to a very stubborn environment. And he did just that.

He may not receive single vote, but this man showed us how we as a nation have changed and are craving for some banter, here and there. And a little laughter is healthy for a nation such as us, who had faced continuous terror and panic for 21 years.

At the closing of the debates, the House of Speaker, Mr Jowari reminded the MPs once again, with a firm clear voice, just how important these debates are. A Whole nation counted on them, and personally, I felt a link with Mr Jowari. He seemed like a man who knew what he wanted for the nation and made clear the expectations the MPs where put upon.

Another 15 are scheduled for tomorrow, stay tuned.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Thursday, 6 September 2012

26 CANDIDATES, 3 DAYS TO GO

Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country
-          John F Kennedy

Well, so many delays, roadblocks and obstacles where put in front of us. But its looks as if things are going to plan, but behind schedule. But other than that, the selected MPs, who were sworn in the day the presidential election was suppose to happen, 20th August, have a tough challenge ahead of them. 26 Presidential candidates, each paying $10,000 each for the registration fee are now fighting for the top seat. You may have read our article; HOUSE OF SPEAKER SEAT CHOSEN, HOW? This fully explained the procedures on the election.

The top candidates: From top left clockwise: Mohamed Farmaajo, Shiekh Sharif (Current President)
Sharif Hassan (Now excluded; read House of speaker chosen, how?) Hassan Shiekh, Abdiweli Ali "Gass"
Abdirahman Badiyow
You see, the predicament we are now facing is picking a person in charge who will not win on the amount he/she’s has paid behind closed doors, but of their leadership skills. But if we think positively, this is a remarkable moment. This is an occasion Somalia has to demonstrate we are capable of changing the path of our future. We must now all drive forward together and be tolerant towards one another, whatever the issue may be.

Enough is enough. If you are a Somali and based abroad presently reading this article; when will you actually think about heading home and taking the effort to help rebuild our country? Isn’t it time you packed your bags and headed home, As we would say, when I was in England; “Grab your balls and head home mate”!

From today, I will be posting up articles everyday until the day of the official election on the 10th September 2012, to give you all an update to any changes and the favourites with who said what, where and why.

Stay tuned for more blockbuster events!


Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Public Notice - New Look, Same Vision

I want to thank firstly, to my loyal readers and those of you who come to my page from time to time.
So many of you are coming from the four corners of the globe to see first hand, and experience, my journey in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Secondly, due to the public demand, I want to welcome you to my new design at Moga Tribunal.

Out with the old, in with the new.

But not you worry, just because we have changed our design, does not mean I have changed the vision of this Blog.

Stay tuned for more great articles!

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)