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    UN Report Says Somali Government Corrupt

    Somalia's President Sheik Sharif Ahmed attends a meeting at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, July 15, 2012.
    Somalia's President Sheik Sharif Ahmed attends a meeting at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, July 15, 2012.
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    ​A United Nations report obtained by VOA said Somalia's transitional government is so deeply corrupt that it is essentially ruled by a popular Somali phrase - "What's in it for me?"

    Highlights of Report by UN Monitoring Group on Somalia, Eritrea

    • Corruption in Somali transitional government "pervasive"
    • Somali leaders trying to "derail" transition to new government
    • 70% of government revenue went missing in 2009-2010
    • Al-Shabab still major threat, but group's strength, unity eroding
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    • Government, militias block access to refugee camps to divert aid
    The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea suggested rampant theft of public funds is behind efforts by some political leaders to "hijack or derail" the ongoing transition process.

    The mandate for the U.N.-backed government is due to end in August. Most of the government's funding comes from the U.N., United States and European Union.

    The report said 70 percent of money donated never made it into public coffers in 2009 and 2010.  

    It said that in 2011, nearly one-quarter ($12 million) of all government expenditures were "absorbed" by the offices of president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sharif Adan.

    The office of the prime minister rejected the allegations as "absolutely and demonstrably false."

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    by: ZAK
    July 17, 2012 4:40 PM
    They are corrupt but who care TIA (THIS IS AFRICA) like they said before if you don't care yourself no one else will.that is reality but now we need some bright young somalia who bring the peace , the rule ,and the life to somali women and children. that is what SYL about for last gen who made somalia, give the to somali.

    by: Darwiish from: Bosaso
    July 17, 2012 10:39 AM
    "The report said 70 percent of money donated never made it into public coffers" but i would rather say 95 % never made it on the right way by Government leaders
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    by: wardhere from: mogadiscio
    July 21, 2012 4:11 AM
    Somali leaders are not thieves. such teams from UN always give good personalities bad names. we are fed up with security council.interference in Africa. the biggest thieves are UN and their staff. i learned this earlier.

    by: Mbannana from: UK
    July 16, 2012 11:56 AM
    Really...??? Somali Government CORRUPT...??? no way!!! they are Muslimes - can't be corrupt... must have been some misunderstanding... maybe we need more Islamic "education"... to see that what we thought was corruption and decay, is but a rosy glow of benevolence...
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    by: mohamed from: canada
    August 11, 2012 3:44 PM
    ONLY 10 PERCENT OF THE MONEY DONATED MAKES IT TO THE HAND OF THE GOVERNMENT.THE REST GETS DIVIDED IN OFFICES IN KENYA.MAYBE THE UN SHOULD LOOK INTO THE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR THEM FIRST BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN ROBBING THE COUNTRY FOR 20 YEARS.OVER 4 BILLION SPENT ON SOMALIA ? I WOULD SAY THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT GET 10 PERCENT OF THAT.

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