Africa ReviewMonday, March 12, 2012
barred included the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the deputy health minister of the
authority, Mr Abdullahi Mohamed Hassan, said.
organisations were named as Relief International and Sopfa, according
to reports from Galkayo, the state's capital located some 750 km north
Mr Hassan said the groups had failed to
register with the Ministry of Interior Affairs, whose minister Abshir
Dini Awale accused them of contributing to insecurity in the region.
"Without registration, we could not trace their performances," said Mr Hassan.
Both ministers made simultaneous announcements ordering the aid agencies to immediately cease operations.
Galmudug officials have lately been calling for the agencies operating in the authority to register.
Galmudug, unlike Somaliland, does not seek to secede and considers itself a member of the larger federal Somalia.
But various authorities in Somalia, including Al-Shabaab,
have tended to interfere with their humanitarian efforts, adding to the
hardship of citizens burdened by years of conflict and unpredictable
In a related development, Mr Mark
Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Sunday led a
fact-finding delegation to Baidoa town, 240 km southwest of Mogadishu.
town, the capital of the strategic Bay region, was in February seized
from Al-Shabaab militants by pro-government forces aided by Ethiopian
Al-Shabaab had banned the operations of
many agencies, particularly UN organisations like the World Food
Organisation (WFP), accusing them of spying for foreign powers and
propping up the Transitional Federal Government that it seeks to depose.
The Islamist group in January also stopped the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from operating in areas of central and southern Somalia it controls.
officials led by Mr Mark Bowden included those from WHO, World Vision
and UNOCHA and we gave them the necessary information for smooth
collaboration," said Bay region governor Abdifatah Mohamed Gesey.
Mr Gesey said the visit by the officials was not political.