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

    Escalation of Media Crackdown in Turkey Heightens Concerns

    Critics see 'a new dark age' as arrests of journalists, closures of media outlets by Erdogan government mount

    Russia Boasts of Troop Buildup on Flank, Draws Flak

    Russian military moves counter to efforts to de-escalate tensions, State Department says

    Video Iraqis Primed to March on Mosul, Foreign Minister Says

    Iraqi FM Ibrahim al-Jaafari tells VOA the campaign will meet optimistic expectations, even though US officials remain cautious

    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.

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Processi
    X
    Katherine Gypson
    July 27, 2016 6:21 PM
    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Process

    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video A Life of Fighting Back: Hillary Clinton Shatters Glass Ceiling

    Hillary Clinton made history Thursday, overcoming personal and political setbacks to become the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. If she wins in November, she will go from “first lady” to U.S. Senator from New York, to Secretary of State, to “Madam President.” Polls show Clinton is both beloved and despised. White House Correspondent Cindy Saine takes a look at the life of the woman both supporters and detractors agree is a fighter for the ages.
    Video

    Video Dutch Entrepreneurs Turn Rainwater Into Beer

    June has been recorded as one of the wettest months in more than a century in many parts of Europe. To a group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam the rain came as a blessing, as they used the extra water to brew beer. Serginho Roosblad has more to the story.
    Video

    Video First Time Delegate’s First Day Frustrations

    With thousands of people filling the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, VOA’s Kane Farabaugh narrowed in on one delegate as she made her first trip to a national party convention. It was a day that was anything but routine for this United States military veteran.
    Video

    Video Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

    At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this week, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, is expected to attack proposals made by her opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, to underscore the good relations between the two countries. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Tucson.
    Video

    Video Film Helps Save Ethiopian Children Thought to be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at effort of African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
    Video

    Video Recycling Lifeline for Lebanon’s Last Glassblowers

    In a small Lebanese coastal town, one family is preserving a craft that stretches back millennia. The art of glass blowing was developed by Phoenicians in the region, and the Khalifehs say they are the only ones keeping the skill alive in Lebanon. But despite teaming up with an eco-entrepreneur and receiving an unexpected boost from the country’s recent trash crisis the future remains uncertain. John Owens reports from Sarafand.
    Video

    Video Migrants Continue to Risk Lives Crossing US Border from Mexico

    In his speech Thursday before the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reiterated his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border if elected. Polls show a large percentage of Americans support better control of the nation's southwestern border, but as VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from the border town of Nogales in the Mexican state of Sonora, the situation faced by people trying to cross the border is already daunting.
    Video

    Video In State of Emergency, Turkey’s Erdogan Focuses on Spiritual Movement

    The state of emergency that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared is giving him even more power to expand a purge that has seen an estimated 60,000 people either arrested or suspended from their jobs. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports from Istanbul.
    Video

    Video Calm the Waters: US Doubles Down Diplomatic Efforts in ASEAN Meetings

    The United States is redoubling diplomatic efforts and looking to upcoming regional meetings to calm the waters after an international tribunal invalidated the legal basis of Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea. VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching has the story.
    Video

    Video Scientists in Poland Race to Save Honeybees

    Honeybees are in danger worldwide. Causes of what's known as colony collapse disorder range from pesticides and loss of habitat to infections. But scientists in Poland say they are on track to finding a cure for one of the diseases. VOA’s George Putic reports.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora