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...

Somaliland Government to Mandate Fire Extinguishers to Combat Future Fires in Markets

According to the Minister of Interior Mr. Mohamed Kahin, the Somaliland government is developing laws that mandate the availability of fire extinguishers in businesses to help combat fires similar to the one that destroyed the Waaheen market on April 1st, 2022. Minister Kahin added that the lack of access created by the disorganization of the market layout has made it difficult for firefighters to put out the Waaheen market fire and that the upcoming legislation will address these issues.

Minister Kaahin stated in collaboration between the Ministry of Interior, the Police, and Fire services, that the upcoming legislation will ensure that every business will have a fire extinguisher and that failure to do so will result in the revocation of the business license.

Major fires have broken out in the past, Somaliland’s largest market in the border town of Wajale has experienced two major fires. According to Minister Kahin, road obstacles have been cleared and fire and emergency services have been trained to prevent and fight future fires.

Existing building codes in Somaliland do not mandate fire safety such as costly sprinkler system installation, clearly marked fire exits, and other basic fire safety guidelines such as maximum occupancy. In addition, there are no fire marshall services that inspect premises for fire safety. It is unclear if the upcoming legislation will holistically review building codes and ensure fire safety and prevention measures are given priority.

Although a cleanup operation of the Waaheen market has been completed, the cause of the massive fire that completely destroyed one of Somaliland’s biggest markets and wiped a government-estimated 2 billion US dollars worth of wealth has not been determined as of yet and it is unclear if there is an active investigation is ongoing and what progress and determination have been made so far.

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...