News / Africa

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.
VOA News
​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
  • Somali government shielding "pirate kingpin"
  • Yemen principal arms market for non-state groups
  • 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."

You May Like

Polls Open in Scotland Independence Vote

As race to persuade undecided voters continues, 'No' voters say they believe life in Scotland will slowly improve, 'Yes' vote not worth the risk More

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics

Open Mosque founder plans to welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers More

Ukrainian Activist in Despair About Future of Her Country

IrIna Dovgan, accused of being a spy and tortured by pro-Russian separatists, is appealing to UN Human Rights Council to support her country More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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

In Response

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...

In Response

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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Wateri
X
September 17, 2014 8:44 PM
Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid