SOMALIA: Former MP says he bought his seat at the new parliament
By: Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) If you have USD $20,000, you can simply find your seat at Somalia’s new parliament and no one will question you, a former Somali legislator and member of the upcoming parliament told RBC Radio today in Mogadishu.
“The only interview you have will be your clan’s interest. Nothing else” the former legislator who spoke to RBC Radio in anonymity condition said on Tuesday.
Somalia is ranked as the most corrupt state in the world as stated in several international reports including the UN.
Last week the technical selection committee of Somalia’s new parliament which consists of 27 representatives from Somalia clans and two representatives from the international community, has warned that all the new members of the parliament should meet with the criteria set by the six signatories, but that seems rather fading.
“The traditional elders from the different clans are selecting the parliamentarians not that Somali people are electing their representatives” he added.
BC Radio has learn that only few candidates for the new legislation house are holding secondary school certificate or bachelor degree while others have managed to bring forgery documents claiming that they have attended secondary schools.
Somalia’s transition is going to end at August 20th as new government with four years term is due to elect while more than 17 candidates, amongst the current three heads of TFG have announced to run for the presidential election.