SOMALIA / NEW TOWNS

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 Training is underway for administrators in towns that have recovered in the recent military offensive by the Somali National Army (SNA) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Years spent under the control of extremists saw administrative structures and the rule of law degenerate, and any connection between the population and the state cut off in these towns. Access to social services has also been severely limited, with basic facilities such as schools, hospitals either dilapidated or destroyed. AU UN IST

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STORY: SOMALIA / NEW TOWNS
TRT: 2:32
SOURCE: AU/UN IST
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: SOMALI / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 MAY 2014/ MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, conference hall at General Kaahiye Police Academy
2. Close up, Somali Ministry of Interior and Federalism banner
3. Wide shot, police trainees’ parade
4. Close up, Maj. Gen. Abdihakin Said Dahir, Commissioner of the Somali National Police Force
5. Wide shot, police chief, ministers and trainees entering conference hall
6. Wide shot, trainees in the conference hall
7. Med shot, the Minister of Interior and Federalism Abudullahi Godah Barre addressing trainees
8. Med shot, participants listen in
9. Med shot, some of the administrators and trainers
10. Wide shot, trainees in the conference hall
11. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Abudullahi Godah Barre, Minister of Interior and Federalism:
“There have been a lot of trainings in this country, but this one is different. It is different because after a really long time, we are starting to plan for the towns and villages in the country. Today it has become possible for us to train the cadets, police commanders, intelligence chiefs, magistrates and District Commissioners who will be representatives of the entire government in those areas.”
12. Med shot, some of the administrators undergoing training
13. Med shot, police chief addressing participants
14. Wide shot, trainees
15. Med shot, more of participants at the training
16. Wide shot, ministers and trainees
17. Close up, police officer
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Hamadzripi Munyikwa, one of the trainers:
“The trainings that they will be receiving over the next two weeks are in the areas of governance in terms of service delivery, in terms of bringing the state and re-connecting the people to the state, people who have been living under very difficult conditions under al Shabaab and for whom the relationship with the state has been broken for a very long period. So these trainings are to begin to build some form of state interactions between local communities and the government.”
19. Wide shot, participants attending the training

STORYLINE:

Training in underway for administrators in towns that have recovered in the recent military offensive by the Somali National Army (SNA) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Years spent under the control of extremists saw administrative structures and the rule of law degenerate, and any connection between the population and the state cut off in these towns. Access to social services has also been severely limited, with basic facilities such as schools, hospitals either dilapidated or destroyed.

The government, working together with its development partners, is now moving to set up new administrative structures and extend services to the people.

The Minister of Interior and Federalism Abudullahi Godah Barre says this training is a crucial step for the government to set up functional systems and structures in these towns.

“There have been a lot of trainings in this country, but this one is different. It is different because after a really long time, we are starting to plan for the towns and villages in the country. Today it has become possible for us to train the cadets, police commanders, intelligence chiefs, magistrates and District Commissioners who will be representatives of the entire government in those areas.

One of the trainers is Hamadzripi Munyikwa, of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa; he says the training will focus on improving governance in these areas and having effective service delivery systems in place.

“The trainings that they will be receiving over the next two weeks are in the areas of governance in terms of service delivery, in terms of bringing the state and re-connecting the people to the state, people who have been living under very difficult conditions under al Shabaab and for whom the relationship with the state has been broken for a very long period. So these trainings are to begin to build some form of state interactions between local communities and the government,” he said.

The government is hopeful that the newly trained administrators will effectively reinstate the relationship between the people and the state and help ensure that service delivery and the rule of law are restored.

At least ten towns were recovered from al Shabaab across different regions in the joint offensive, conducted between February and April this year.
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1024630