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NOVIB Accused Of Meddling In Samo-Talis's Affairs
ISSUE 105
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- British Parliamentarians To Begin At Short Visit To Somaliland Today

- Djiboutian President Defends  His Country’s Ties With Somaliland

- NOVIB Accused Of Meddling In Samo-Talis Affairs
- Annan Expresses Concern Over Tension in Sool

- Kenya Urges End To Somaliland, Puntland Tension

- Interview With Prof. Iqbal D. Jhazbhay

- Hargeisa Urban Household Economy Assessment,
Part VII

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- Cry For Help That Led To The Morgue

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- Heads of Sectoral Bureaus in Somali State Assigned on Basis of Merit

- Biometrics To Be Used In UK To Tackle Asylum Abuse

- Somali Youth Center May Be Forced To Close

- Committee To Vet Passport Applications

- Blast injures six on Djibouti train

- Soldiers Gather In Memory

- US Issues Travel Warning To US Americans Visiting Djibouti

- Vatican Names New Envoy To Ethiopia, Djibouti And Somalia

- Roots of 1977 Somali-Ethiopian War

- How Kenya Averted War With Somalia

Peace Talks

- Aid Somalia Peace Bid, Ethiopia Told

- Somalia Faction Accuses Kiplagat

Daallo Airlines Flies You Everywhere

 

Editorial & Opinions

- British Parliamentarians' visit to Somaliland

- Puntland’s Suicidal Miscalculations

- The Rule of Law and The Return of Osman Kaluun

- Drop The Press Bill

- Why Students Fail In The Final Exam: An in-depth analysis

- Kenyan Foreign Minister’s Reference To Somaliland As A Faction Criticized


NOVIB Accused Of Meddling In Samo-Talis Affairs

Hargeisa, Jan 24, 2004 (SL Times) – Ahmed A. Kahin who is a board
member of the human rights group Samo-Talis has accused the Dutch NGO
NOVIB of meddling in the internal affairs of his organization.
In a letter dated Oct 22, 2003 and sent to Samo-Talis by NOVIB, the
Dutch NGO refers to discussions it had held with Samo-Talis about an
un-named board member.

In this letter the board member is identified only as a one who
“played a negative role” during two NOVIB related events; a symposium
for Somali Civil Society Organizations held at Hargeisa in Feb 2003
and a decision taken by Somaliland's Planning Ministry in early August
the same year, banning NOVIB from working in the country.

NOVIB’s letter indicated that Samo-Talis disagreed with the board
member in question. However NOVIB went on to emphasize the fact that
Samo-Talis took no action against the “board member”.

Mr. Kahin says he was the board member purported to have played a
“negative role”.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mr. Kahin said he was dismayed that
NOVIB interfered in Samo-Talis's internal affairs to the extent of
demanding his expulsion from the organization’s governing board.
Mr. Kahin said NOVIB could have been displeased with him in connection
with concerns voiced during the Feb symposium by 14 Somaliland
organizations that they were not consulted with in advance with regard
to the information material submitted as an agenda for discussion.
Mr. Kahin said the only thing he did was reading, in person, the
Somaliland organizations' position paper on the concerns over the
draft reports that the symposium was to discuss.

“If any Somaliland organization, including Samo-Talis, has retracted
its stand, it has to openly say so,” Mr. Kahin said. He also said he
was surprised to see an advertisement in one of the local newspapers
announcing a General Assembly meeting for Samo-Talis without his
knowledge despite being the board member responsible for
Administrative affairs.

As evident from the letter to Samo-Talis, the Dutch NGO suggests that
its Somaliland counter-part hold a general assembly meeting in return
for its release of $5000 in favor of Samo-Talis.

Mr. Kahin said he was confident Samo-Talis would be able to resolve
its own affairs. He also denied that he had anything to do with the
decision of the government, last August, banning NOVIB from working in
the country.

“I only learned of this from the newspapers and there was no way in
which I could have had a hand in this,” he added.

 

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