Somalia: Corruption and Questionable Data
Corruption and Questionable Data
By Liban Ahmad
There are two types of analyses on Somali politics . Type 1 analysis interprets trends and makes use of past events to make recommendations. Type 2 analysis makes use of data ( past events or figures) to explain current political trends to make recommendations. Sections of report by Monitoring Group on Somalia leaked to the media belongs to the second category. To be able to discuss the report the UN Security Council members will need time to digest the data used for the report , and written responses from people alleged to have embezzled money. Corruption has been a recurrent theme in many reports on Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) whose term will come to an end in August 2012.
The leaked pages of the report contains factual errors . How can corruption be fought with the wrong data? According to the report “An internal TFG Public Financial Management Unit (PFMU) was established in 2009″ but ” in May 2011, allegedly under pressure from members of President Sharif’s inner circle, including Abdulkarim Jaama, President Sharif’s Chief of Staff, the new TFG Prime Minister, Mohamed Abdillahi ‘Farmaajo’, disbanded the PFMU ” Abdulkarim Jaama was not ” President Sharif’s Chief of Staff ” in 2011; he was Minister for Information in May 2011.
In speech to Somali elders last week President Sharif Ahmed of Somalia challenged corruption allegations about his government. ” When we came to Mogadishu after Djibouti election in 2009 we had no funds to pay TFG forces. We had to borrow money from business people to pay salaries of the forces. ” if that is the case it shows the president and his team have gone extra mile to manage financial difficulties TFG faced when he was elected a president. It is noteworthy president Sharif’s former prime minister, Mohamed Abdulaahi Farmaajo, is remembered for ensuring regular payment of TFG forces’ salaries which partly led to high morale among TFG forces and successive defeats of Al Shabaab at the hands of TFG forces and AMISOM in 2011 in Mogadishu.
The Monitoring Group on Somalia has relied on the “World Bank Summary of Financial Diagnostic Assessment of “Audit Investigative” of which the following quote is part: ” …the financial statements and related findings presented in this summary of the Katuni Consult report must be considered as provisional and subject to correction as further information becomes available.” The TFG president has got not only presumption of innocence on his side he also has an opportunity to defend himself against allegations based on questionable data.
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