Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Somali president offers amnesty to pirates

28 February 2013, 18:06

Mogadishu - Somalia's president has offered an amnesty to young pirates in a bid to end attacks off the Horn of Africa nation's coast as he seeks to rebuild the war-torn country, he told AFP.

"We have been negotiating with the pirates indirectly through the elders," said President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. "Piracy has to end."

Mohamud, elected by lawmakers six months ago, said that he wanted to offer an "alternative means of earning a living" to young Somalis who have taken up the gun to join pirate gangs.

However, Mohamud said that the amnesty was not open to pirate kingpins - those who take the vast majority of the profits from the attacks - some of whom are wanted by Interpol.

"We are not giving them amnesty, the amnesty is for the boys," he said, speaking on Wednesday in an interview at Villa Somalia, the Italian colonial art-deco palace in war-ravaged capital Mogadishu.

Somalia has been battered by conflict since 1991 but a new UN-backed government took power in September, ending eight years of transitional rule by a corruption-riddled administration.

Large parts of the country have been carved up by rival militias who have developed autonomous regions that pay little, if any, heed to the weak central government.

Many of the most notorious pirates, who launched attacks far across the Indian Ocean earning millions of dollars in international ransoms, are based along the northern coastline of the semi-autonomous Puntland region.

The amnesty comes amid a sharp drop in the number of pirate attacks in Somalia, which are at a three-year low, thanks to beefed up naval patrols and teams of armed security guards aboard ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

However, while the pirates have lost ground, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) still warns that Somalia's waters remain extremely high-risk.

- AFP

NEXT ON NEWS24 KENYAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Babake Manuel
Boiler explosion injures six work...

A boiler explosion at the New KCC Nyahururu factory last night left six workers injured and were admitted to Nyahururu District Referral Hospital. Read more...

Submitted by
Manasseh
Teachers arraigned for defiling 9...

A courtroom at Isiolo Law Courts was Wednesday packed to capacity of parents and pupils as two teachers were arraigned on accusations of repeatedly defiling a Standard Four pupil.  Read more...

Submitted by
Mbugua marc
Former Politician's daughter char...

Veteran and former Politician Dickson Kihika’s daughter faces theft charges of property belonging to a Talent school worth KES 19 million. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
How to surprise your man?

One thing I do not know how to do: buying a man a present. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
How to make a man do something fo...

I hear my friend shouting at someone through his phone so I ask him what is wrong he tells me, ‘My wife is not at home. I was telling her, by the time I get there she should be in the house and I should not find a padlock on the door.’ Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Look for a wife that has her own ...

Most men after many years of marriage are confused and if not many, let us presume maybe five to eight years. They start to wonder why the wife has changed and is no longer the sweet accommodating type. Read more...