Somalia – 29 July 2016

PM names new Immigration Director

Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has appointed Mohamed Adan Kofi as the new Director of Immigration and Naturalization Department on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.

Kofi—former Banadir Intelligence Commander and the head of Presidential Security Unit (PSU)—will be succeeding long serving Abdullahi Gafow Mohamud.

On June 14, Somali President fired Intelligence Boss Abdirahman Turyare, replacing him with Mohamud. The decree pointed to the experience of the new Director in immigration affairs. He is expected to take over in the coming days.



UNHCR Appeals Funds for Return of Somali Refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed to donors for an additional $115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp.

In a press release, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that funding is also required for the relocation of refugees from Dadaab to Kakuma refugee camp, as well as related projects and infrastructure in Kenya and Somalia.

“UNHCR is committed to ensuring that all returns to Somalia are voluntary and carried out in dignity, safety and with the protection of refugees paramount at all times,” said Valentin Tapsoba, Director of UNHCR’s Africa Bureau.