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Corruption Allegations Rattle Muse Bihi’s Sub-Clan Based Government….

Colonel Muse Bihi Abdi who is leading one man show in the breakaway northern Somalia territory of Somaliland who is responsible for the annual fiscal budget and the issuance of adequate regulations for their executions is most likely under international criminal investigation over allegations of fraud, bribery and misuse of public funds, officials said.

The scandal surrounding more than $ 80 million in state spending, parts of $60 million budget meant for various public sectors that colonel Abdi had allegedly used to purchase presidential palace on the outskirts of Hargeisa in tiny enclave of Harraf  mainly  populated his sub-clan  and farms in the region has shaken public trust in the government.

A senior Somaliland official told progressive underground forces that  the president made it difficult for the anti-corruption commission to conduct a proper investigation into the allegations of corruption.

Some of the commission’s members have also been bribed by the administration to avoid public scrutiny, officials say.

Some of the funds missing from public coffers were approved by the government to execute public projects including Agriculture, Land Management, Local Production Motivation, Good Governance, Economy and Public property.

One official privy with the probe by the president’s office alleged that the president had used some of the money to buy shares from the local telecom giant Somcable, using her stooges at the Administration.

Using its corporate influence, the company had reportedly pushed for a tax exemption status, which resulted in a partial relief from taxes, thanks to the minister Sa’ad Ali Shire who succeeded in implementing a 60% tax exemption for the company.

However, analysts warned that efforts by the international community to bring criminal charges against him for alleged misuse of state money will fail due to corruption tolerance by administration, a scenario which was attributed to the increasing corruption culture in the enclave.

Mr. Muse Bihi Administration whose tenure has been hit by allegations of state graft hasn’t returned to calls seeking comment.

However, local media reported that corruption cases increased since Colonel Muse Bihi Abdi came to power more than year  ago.

”Millions of dollars have been stolen from the people by the group of individuals close to the current system. Corruption is one of the main factors damaging the dignity of our nation.” reported by the local Somaliland Informer Daily.

The breadth of the corruption now coming to light has astonished even government officials.

“This calls the government’s publicity of transparency and good governance into question.” A Somaliland minister said by phone from Hargeysa, Somaliland’s capital. He declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Millions of dollars are channeled through the Somaliland government by donors every year to promote good governance, infrastructure and security.

Somaliland, a breakaway region in northern Somalia has declared a unilateral independence from the rest of Somalia in 1991; however, no country has so far recognized it as an independent state………….Missing President Siilanyo Yet?!

Ahmed Jigga