Investigative Reports

Somaliland Presidency Awarded No-Bid Contract with Inflated Cost to Redesign and Rebuilt War Memorial

Somaliland Government spent $222,153 US Dollars on the redesign...

Preferential Treatment: How Sagal Jet won more than 1.2 Million Dollars in Government Contracts Under President Bihi

Sagal Jet, arguably the most prominent publishing firm in...

Drowning in Red Ink – President Bihi’s Government lied about the size of Debt inherited from His Predecessor

According to Somaliland government records examined by the Somaliland...

Villa Somalia Sought to Prevent Somaliland Delegation’s Visit to the United States

According to diplomatic sources briefed on the matter, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has sought Qatar’s help in convincing the United States Department of State to deny visas to the President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi, and members of his delegation. Sources add that Farmajo’s appeal to the Qatari Amir during his recent visit to Qatar comes after Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ similar appeals to regional embassies were unsuccessful.

The President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi and a large delegation consisting of the Ministers of Interior, Environment, Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, and Information as well as members of the business community from Somaliland’s largest enterprises such as Telesom, SOMTEL, SOMCABLE, have departed Egal International and are due to arrive in Dulles International Airport tomorrow morning.

In addition to the appeal to the Qatari Amir, Somalia’s federal government has directly approached the United States embassies in Djibouti, Kenya as well as the State Department to prevent visa issuance to President Bihi and members of his delegation.

Garowe Online has reported on Twitter that the United States Embassy in Djibouti has denied the visa applications of the Minister of Interior Hon. Mohamed Kahin Ahmed and the Minister of Information and National Guidance Hon. Saleban Ali Kore. Somaliland government has, via Minister Kore, called the report fake. It is unclear if the outlet’s sources include Somali government officials privy to Villa Somalia’s efforts to prevent Bihi’s delegation from visiting the United States.

Although some cabinet members accompanying President Bihi are United States citizens and did not require visas, the Somaliland government has confirmed visas to members of the delegation, specifically for President Bihi and the Ministers of Interior and Information were issued on Somaliland passports.

Somalia’s Federal Government under Mohamed Abdulahi Farmajo has sought to destabilize and isolate Somaliland economically and diplomatically and has sided with China which vigorously opposes any diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Somalia and China have condemned the establishment of diplomatic ties between Somaliland and Taiwan as an infringement of their territorial integrity.

Somaliland government has been unusually tight-lipped on whether President Bihi and his delegation will meet with members of the Biden Administration or US Congress or whether the visit is related to reports of US interest in establishing a military base in Somaliland.

Although the United States weighing the potential for a military base in Somaliland have been widely reported, one cornerstone of such arrangements — the Status of Forces Agreement which the United States signs with any country that hosts US military personnel is not in place and so far both the United States Africa Command and the Somaliland government have not responded to questions about ongoing talks.

Latest

AFRICOM’s Tone Deaf Statement in Context

On May 12, 2022, General Stephen Townsend, commander of...

Commander of United States Africa Command Visits Somaliland

A delegation led by The Commander of United States...

Somaliland Presidency Awarded No-Bid Contract with Inflated Cost to Redesign and Rebuilt War Memorial

Somaliland Government spent $222,153 US Dollars on the redesign...

Stay Connected

Don't miss

AFRICOM’s Tone Deaf Statement in Context

On May 12, 2022, General Stephen Townsend, commander of...

Commander of United States Africa Command Visits Somaliland

A delegation led by The Commander of United States...

Somaliland Presidency Awarded No-Bid Contract with Inflated Cost to Redesign and Rebuilt War Memorial

Somaliland Government spent $222,153 US Dollars on the redesign...

Military Tribunal Sentences A High Ranking Military Officer to Death

Somaliland Military Tribunal sentenced Lieutenant Colonel Salah Bullale Jama...

AFRICOM’s Tone Deaf Statement in Context

On May 12, 2022, General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), visited Hargeisa and Berbera. The visit demonstrated that the momentum demonstrated...

Taiwan is an indispensable partner of the world health map: Support Taiwan’s participation in all WHO meetings, mechanisms and activities

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 over two years ago, the costliest lesson we have learned is all the countries need to work together to...

Commander of United States Africa Command Visits Somaliland

A delegation led by The Commander of United States Africa Command, General Stephen J. Townsend visited the Republic of Somaliland and met with the...