Saturday, November 2, 2013

Is Somalia underfunded? or It's more like Putting the fox in the hen house?

The Somali defense minister recently requested more support from the international community, an echo of his previous request after the Westgate attacks for more support where he told NBC News: “We need the funding and resources.”
He further added: “We are underfunded. We don’t have the proper weapons to fight al-Shabaab.”
The Somali Government has been fragile and unstable for the past two decades or so, but to say it’s “underfunded” is really, an incongruous claim. Mr. Fiqi, the Somali Defense minister himself signed an agreement with Italy not too long ago, under which Italy will provide support and training to the Somali forces. There are dozens of other countries who supply the Somali Government with help, be it in the form of finance, weapons or training. Around the same time of Mr. Fiqi’s agreement with Italy, the US pledged $69 million to Somalia. Also around that time EU pledged $2.4 billion to Somalia, this was in addition to the $1.6 billion it had given to Somalia from 2008-2013. From that money Britain pledged £50 million, in addition to the £80 million program it already has in Somalia. Turkey had been providing $4.5 million every month since June 2013 till the “New Deal Compact” program.
Even Malta donated €150,000 to Somalia. These are just some of the figures of this year support for Somalia and its government, and the names and numbers can keep going.
With all this finance and support, one has the right to ask, why aren’t we seeing any significant changes in Somalia? Is Somalia really underfunded? Or is the money going where it doesn’t belong?
According to the UN, 80% of the withdrawals of the central bank in Somalia goes to personal use and not to the benefit of the public!
However, recently it was claimed that Somalia was cleared of corruption allegations alleged in the report of the United Nations Monitoring Group in Somalia & Eritrea. It may seem all fine because a few attorneys from an American law firm cleared them from the allegations, but a short while after their clearance, two court officials were arrested in the Bay region for accepting bribery. We don’t even have to go that far, one should only walk through the streets of Mogadishu to see aid food from NGO’s and charitable organizations being sold. It comes to no surprise that a group of foreigners belonging to a “fact finding team” would have passed verdict clearing the current government from corruption. Anybody could lead around foreigners in Somalia and have them leave with different impressions. Take a foreigner to the Liido/Cabdicaziiz or Xamarweyne district in Mogadishu and you’ll have them believe that all of Somalia is doing amazing and advancing , take them to Xamarjajab district and you’ll convince them that all of Somalia is underdeveloped and lives in poverty. If one really wants to know what goes on in Somalia and Mogadishu, it is the locals that should be the ones asked for facts. Local Somalis have suffered in the past, and still do from undisciplined behavior of the Somali troops, from looting, to beating and at times even rape. Why do Somalia’s soldiers & police remain undisciplined? Some may blame it on the meager salary they receive, but that poses another question, why are they receiving low salaries? Should they not be funded by the finance received from the international community? Or perhaps it’s just because they aren’t well trained and aren’t so professional. Again, why aren’t they well trained and disciplined? Shouldn’t their training be funded by the funds donated by the international community?
Strike a conversation with anybody in Suuqa Xoolah or Gubta district of Mogadishu, and they’ll tell you of the corruption and undisciplined behavior of Somalia’s soldiers & police force. In fact it was Mr.Faqi himself who admitted to Garowe News about the unidisciplinary behavior of the Somali soldiers & police when he said: “The people don’t have full confidence in the police forces as some of them illegally take money or other valuable things from unarmed civilians”.
Wadajir district is known for it’s heavy presence of AU troops and fortified positions all based in the Xalane military base, some even dub it “Mogadishu’s Green Zone”. It is also notorious for hosting a “secret” prison located close to Mogadishu’s very airport and coast, where numerous innocent Somalis are kept under inhumane conditions. Is this where the funding of the international community is going towards?
There has been quite some talk going on recently about the resignation of Mr. Shirdon, the Somali prime minister, a claim which he dismissed. He claims that under his government Somalia underwent an “economic growth”. If the economy is doing so well and great, then why all the talk of resignation and unhappy Somalis? Is the monthly revenue of the government, which he claimed increased, being put to the right use? Is it being put to tightening and improving security? If so, then why does Mogadishu suffer on almost a daily basis of attacks, bombings and assassination, with a lot of times senior officials being the targets?
It is not hidden from anyone in Somalia that numerous government officials enjoy lavish & luxurious lives in the Zoobe district of Mogadishu, while others lead deluxe lifestyles in the presidential palace. Many of these officials belong to the diaspora, often having extra houses in Europe & the Americas, their children live safely & healthily, while the average Somali’ s children suffer insecurity & instability. Mr. Fiqi’s own children, like many other official’s children, live in the US, in a nice fancy house in Virginia, away from all turmoil of Somalia.
I believe we & every Somali has the right to ask, is Somalia really underfunded?
Or is our money going where it doesn’t belong? somali  President Hassan Shekh Mohamoud It's more like “We got the fox guarding the henhouse,”

Somalia government needs to hire detectives to investigate senior gov officials before hiring. This is embarrassing
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
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MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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