Somali politician slain in Kenya
A delegate at the Somali peace talks in Kenya has been found murdered in a forest on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. Sheikh Ibrahim Ali was one of three people discovered dead from gunshot wounds - the others were a business friend and a local driver. A wealthy businessman from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Sheikh Ibrahim was also a member of the countryâs transitional national assembly. A police officer interviewed on Kenyaâs commercial Nation Television, which carried pictures of the bodies, said the victims had bullet wounds.
"Legume! Round up the usual suspects!"
The Kenyan authorities are trying to establish whether he was killed for political reasons.
"Move along, nothing to see, just another tourist mugging, move along, look smart now, you ..."
Rival Somali factions have been attending meetings in Kenya for more than a year, aimed at establishing the first national administration since the collapse of president Mohammed Siad Barreâs regime in 1991. Last month delegates to the talks endorsed a transitional federal charter. But it was immediately rejected by several key figures, including the head of the current Transitional National Government (TNG), President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan. President Salat had spurned the talks in July, accusing a committee steering the peace conference and other Somali delegates of sanctioning the "dismemberment" of Somalia.
Diplospeak for "whereâs mine?"
However, most of the TNG representatives to the peace talks, including the murdered delegate, decided to remain in the conference. The
completely largely powerless and hapless TNG was created in 2000, but only controls parts of Mogadishu and pockets of territory in southern Somalia.
So whoâs water was Ali carrying?
Posted by: Steve White 2003-10-20