Somalia: FMS Post ministries cut ties with Hassan Sheikh administration over graft

Somalia: FMS Post ministries cut ties with Hassan Sheikh administration over graft

MOGADISHU, Somalia – The Federal States [FMS] through its ministries of posts and communications, severed ties with Somalia’s federal government over what it called “rampant” graft, in a statement on Wednesday that could potentially destroy the relationship between the two entities.

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In the statement, the FMS ministries claimed that the Ministry of Posts, Communications and Technology was secretly managing the World Bank’s digital integration project. Worth 80 million dollars, the project will start in the next few weeks and was supposed to benefit regional states.

The ministries claimed that the parent ministry in Mogadishu had recruited its own employees and other foreign elements ostensibly to benefit from the mega-project, and efforts to resolve the matter have been futile due to non-commitment by Somalia’s federal government [FGS].

In attendance is the head of the patent department, Jamac Hassan Khalif, whom they blame for severing ties between the states and the federal government, adding that he has worked on the project without involving states that are major stakeholders.

The minister, it noted, has managed to single-handedly run the show by canceling several meetings, canceling all workshops for states and transferring them to the federal ministry. They now want federal leaders to immediately step in and save the situation.

Three months ago, the federal states through their finance departments suspended cooperation with the government of Somalia due to “serious breach of agreement”, but the matter was later resolved after the National Consultative Council meeting in Mogadishu.

In Somalia, the federal system allows the central government to work closely with federal member states including but not limited to resource sharing. Somalia adopted the federal system in 2012 but implementation has sometimes proved futile due to the rigidity of the central government which sometimes starves states of development.

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