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The Gray List:
United States recent change of heart has given much needed political boost to
the already high spirited Somali confidence jubilant from the end of 12
yearlong political transition and uncertainty.Secretary Clinton said: Somalia’s
political process marks beginning of a new era.
States’ recognition will lead many closed doors reopen for Somalia; provided we
handle the new responsibility with civility. Today, I dwell not so much of what
this recognition will bring to Somalia. Sure, many writers are penning the new
relations to a digestible take; I, therefore, detour to a subjectmany wish not to touch.
is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual;
the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country: Karl Kraus
returned home after 22 years of absence which I am confident many of you share.
I was hired by a Belgium based agency as a staff researcher (one year contract)
to asses and analyze the impact of security operations on civilians. I was
tasked to collect data from Victims, Hospitals, AMISOM, Somali Police,
Military, NSA, and other agencies dealing with security operations including
foreign agents. Every meeting I attended
the issue of corruption came up be it Humanitarian, Security and, even,
Peacemaking discussions.Like many of
you, I grew angrier towards Internationals who every time a little progress is
made will throw corruption mud on our face. I then decided to embark my own
journey to find if there is a truth to this national tantrum and find out who
is doing what!
me say this, I did not investigate whole of Mogadishu, of course not. Rather I
followed the so called the Gray List;
referring to a description used by Mogadishu based internationals on the individuals
accused on corruption and others whose name is negatively reminiscent with
everyday Mogadishu talk. The goal was to find out if these people are active
pillagers of our system, commonly owned resources and people. If yes, what can
be done? I got a list of 43 entities and names to search. 11 of them grossly
stood out. They include Anti-regime Tax evaders, corrupt officials,
Humanitarian food aid diverters, diplomats preying on refugees, Charcoal
traders and Political manipulators.
am in the believe, unless we Somalis call spade a spade; these unkind
unscrupulous individuals will stole our future, if any left. The Gray List
Ali Osoble (dual national Somali/American): One
needs to Google her name to see the damage caused by this woman and her husband
to the name Somalia. They operate several companies in Mogadishu including
SAACID, DEEQA and SAADEEQ. SAACID is the most notorious company famous for its
humanitarian food aid diversion. Mogadishu’s 16 district commissioners are
under the payroll of this company. They collaborate what they called Wet
Kitchen rations. A highly sophisticated scheme meant to divert food aid from
the weak (IDPs, Women and Children). Further, Ms. Osoble, her husband and her brother
provide food and fuel supplies to AMISOM. They allegedly paid millions of
dollars in kickbacks to secure contracts from AMISOM Military Generals with the
help of former President Sheikh Sharif. According to AU records AMISOM logistic
and Supply offices failed to advertise the tender and did not follow AU’s
standard operating procedures.Ms.
Osoble is currently under investigation from FBI and UNMG on Food diversion
related activities. In the most recent elections; Ms Osoble spent $800K to her ex-pal’s failed candidacy
Dr. Ali Khalif and, $1.2 million on
her brother’s Presidential bid. Rich woman but from what source? Ms. Osoble
lives very lavish style in her million dollar home in Nairobi. SHAME!
Abdullahi Gaafow Mohamud: Gen Gaafow’s futility is
beyond mention. He is currently under UNMG investigation on corruption and
money laundering charges. Gaafow, The Director of Immigration Somalia, served
this post more than 35 years. His office reaches beyond the borders of any
Somali Government. Why, because he is got passport printing machines
everywhere! He issue passports, receives proceeds from passports, enters
contracts, signs and issues cheques and, yes, pays commission to all the
machine holders including current Minister
of Information Mr. Ciilmooge, a former passport-making business owner. Gen
Gaafow also has an income splitting agreement with the two embassies (Nairobi
and Dubai) which generate most revenue. Somali Ministry of finance has no
access to these illegal agreements. He is own accountant. It is time to retire
Gen. Gaafow. SHAME
Deylaaf (Somali and Djibouti National):
A businessman who made millions from WFP contracts. He was one of the three
Somali businessmen who won 80 percent of WFP’s $200 million in transport
contracts described as a “12 year-old de-facto cartel”: WFP investigation
report. Mr.Deylaaf recently made a claim to the old Somali National Fuel Depot
inside the port. This location due to its proximity to the warehouses and the
loading deck was sealed and suspended its use then by the Siyad Barre regime
under the advice of international experts. Mr. Deylaaf out of greed allegedly
corrupted Farmajo Government securing contract to use the already rezoned
former fuel depot location. He refused to listen to expertise warning against
the danger of reopening closed pipes and location. He too get a support from
AMISOM corrupted engineers collaborating his claim saying it is save to operate
this dried fuel depot. SHAME!
Omar Addani (Somali and Djibouti National):
The name Addani never ceased to amuse. Mr Mohamud is a businessman who shares
same UNMG listing with Deylaaf, Khadijo, Amb Americo, Amb Shiikhey and Gaafow. Mr.
Addani is a El-maanport (Ceel-macaan) cartel who prospered exporting Charcoal
and She-goats. His charcoal export causes the recent debacle between President
Hassan and Jubbaland Authorities on Kismanyo Charcoal fiasco. The charcoal
belonged to him. It is alleged that President Hassan changed his no Charcoal
export stance; after Mohamud Addani convinced that it was his loot. SHAME!
Abdi Ali, aka Gabeyre (Somali and Djibouti National):
Gabeyre, the Chairman or as he likes to be called, the President of Somali
Chamber of Commerce is another dilemma. He is a businessman who made fortune in
Fuel Import and Export. He runs business from a looted Government owned large
warehouse which belonged to the Ministry of Commerce and ADC. He pays no rent. Prior
to assuming chamber position, Mr. Gabeyre was the Chair of Banadir Business
Association. Notorious lobby group against taxes and import tariff payments.This man made life difficult for every Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance by organizing anti-tax payment groups and
businesses. He is what they called USC facaatuug. To this day and because of
his hawkish anti-tax stance the largest port in Somalia – Mogadishu Port; which
has more traffic than Berbera and Bosaaso ports; the central government earn
much less by comparison. During Siyad Barre regime revenue collected from
Mogadishu port serviced 80% of government’s expenditure and services. Today, business
people in Mogadishu are getting far richer than their counterparts inside
Somalia and the region. To his dark cleverness, he organized first business
group meeting between the President and the Mogadishu based Business Community.
They paid wobbly $1.2 million dollarwelcome gift to the new President. It is an old Somali adage: Af wax
cunaaxishood. Mr. Gabeyre’s anti-tax stand is hurting the Somali Government’s
ability to pay its bills. SHAME
Mohamed Eenow: (Somali and American National) - Please
see Khadija (Item 1)……SHAME!
Abdulkadir Shiikhey (Somali and UK National): Somalia
use to be the second largest trading partner with United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Dubai is home to the headquarters of Somalia’s mainstay businesses like Hawala,
Airline Companies, Telecom, Export and Import. Many Diaspora communities made
home Dubai too.Just to be close to
Somalia. Thus, making UAE a vital country to our success side. Sadly, our
diplomatic representative is being investigated under UNMG investigation for
corruption related charges. He is involved in the passport-making scandal, SKA
Aden Adde Airport contract scandal, Saracen Mogadishu operations including
contract for a new hospital paid by UAE and so on. Amb Shiikhey was also
involved in the deal making of a large multiple consignments of cash monies
sent to Somalia.
redeem Somalia’s tarnished name in the UAE. It is a high time to account Amb Shiikhey.
And by the way, he deploys same tactics as that of his counterpart Amb Americo
by dishonestly befriending host nations foreign ministry. SHAME!
Muse Dhiblawe(Somali, South African and Canadian National): Hagi
Muse is a close relative and confident of President Hassan; so he claims. Last
week, I met Hagi Muse in a restaurant at Lido beach enquiring him about
allegations made by Gen. Indhacadde and others.Hagi Muse was alleged using a fake documents, to steal government owned
land; claiming that his South Africa based Construction Company will build
school and centre for the Youth. He brought with him a Turkish man claiming to
be his business partner. The contract is worth $8 million dollars. Gen
Indhacadde named in his allegation against Hagi Muse, the leadership of Nile
Organization’s a Turkish NGO, Mr. Bilal and Mr. Murat to be involved in the
scheme.Hagi Muse also without proper
tender and due process expropriated all the Petrol Stations in Mogadishu. These
stations belong to the Somali Petrol Agency (Wakaaladda Betroolka Soomaaliyeed).
Today, all the GAS stations are posted Hagi’s sign “TURK SOMA’’. These illegal
acquisitions of nation’s properties must be stopped. In my search I also found
out that Mr. Hagi Muse was arrested and deported from Gabon for a corruption related charges. It is a time to stop Hagi
Muse’s naked ambition on government’s land and properties. SHAME!
Sheikh Abdulkadir (Somali Ethiopian and Kenyan National): Former
President of Africa Muslim Agency. The Africa Muslim Agency raised Millions of
Dollars to help and support the poor in Somalia. The big question is: were all
the funds used for its purpose? Mr. Farah is alleged shifting aid money to the
political campaign. He was also the master mind behind Qatar Charity money used
for the campaign. It is alleged to be $5 million dollars. Continually, Mr.
Farah boasts excessive pride and achievements by being everything to the
President and Somalia. He claims handling very sensitive files such a
Turkish/Somalia file, IGAD file, Jubba regions file, Arab and Somalia relations
file and so on. Very clannish man who holds animosity on certain clans
including President’s own. Accusing them not participating of what he called
the long Struggle for the liberation of Mogadishu against the Ethiopian
invasion. Mr. Farah acts as if he is the Prime Minister of the country. He is involved
every ministry’s operations and activities. Specially, Interior, Foreign and
Finance Ministries. It is shame that a junior minister without the required
prerequisite involve himself every level of the government decision-making
processes. When I see President’s hands
off approach on Farah’s manipulation and corruption; it crystallizes my opinion
of President Hassan as an accidental President, said by former deputy Speaker
of Parliament. SHAME!
of these individual’s corrupt practices pose significant challenge to rebuilding
a functioning Somali state and institutions. They mastered how to bribe nascent
authorities by providing corruption monies to get their businesses
advanced.Corruption impedes our
government’s image; trust in its institutions and prevent developing direct
bilateral relations for our most needed future developments. Successive United
Nations reports named majority of these individuals actions and tight grip on
Somali economy and people.
newly elected President has a political and moral responsibility to deal this
recurring national fiasco caused by a few. President Hassan’s election came
with a heavy responsibility both in perception and practical.How this responsibility is managed will be paramount
to the President’s success. Concerted effort is required, on the part of the
President to tighten the loopholes and demand accountability from WFP programme
managers to customs officials dealing with these businesses on a daily basis. Also,
by not distancing himself individuals in the Gray List known for their shoddy rundown characters may jeopardize Somali
people’s acceptance of any policies formulated or decisions made under the
influence of this highly partisan harmful environment. Their bad influence on
the President is attributed to President’s recent tumultuous uproarious
comments on a major policy items and the choices made on officio selection
processes. Somali people are tired of nepotism, favouritism and selfish
John Adams, US President:Surround yourself with people who are willing
to be brutally honest with you. You will not grow as a leader if your peers and
subordinates simply tell you what they think you want to hear.
Winston Churchill: A sure sign of a weak leader is one who
surrounds himself with "yes" men. Once you find those willing to tell
you the truth, learn how to listen. "Courage is what it takes to stand up
and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
and the President’s own making the name calling had begun. When asked people
the crust of their disappointment most laid blame on the type of treatment
received (protocol) from the kind of people, the President chose to surround
President, today’s average Somali eye lens is High Definition (HD); which can
easily detect partisan politics from any distance short or long. The glare has
ended with the transition. Somalia’s
High Definition eagle eyes demand anew vision.
Dr. Mohamed Osman
report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea ...
report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea
Sep 28, 2012 – 6 WFP Annual Performance Reports
2006–2011. Rome. 7 United Nations Monitoring Group (UNMG) on Somalia. 2010.
Report of the United
Mogadishu: Has It Restored Its Image as the Nation’s
Capital? -Buri M. Hamza
The Selection of a Prime Minister: A “Window” to the
New President? -Mohamed Keynan
Officials from Mogadishu Port
Staff members – Office of the President and Office of
the Prime Minister
District Commissioner/s – Mogadishu
Staff from Community Dialogue Centre (CCD) – Mogadishu
Immigration and Naturalization office – Mogadishu
Nairobi Embassy Staff
UAE Embassy Staff
Former SAACID employees
Members of Somali Parliament
P.S: A full report
on the Gray List will be released in this summer.