Corruption In Police helping al-Shabab conduct complex attacks, says Special Presidential envoy for drought

Rampant corruption within the Somali Police has helped al-Shabab conduct complex attacks and militant operations in Mogadishu and other parts of the country.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s special envoy on drought, Mr. Abdirahman Abdishakur while speaking to Dalsan TV said the government needs to curb rampant corruption within the security services. 

The leader of Wadajir party said Mogadishu will not be secure until corruption in the Security Services is dealt with equal measures as the fight against members of the militant group al-Shabab. 

Mr. Abdirahman Abdishakur said young security officers are developing million dollar properties in the capital.

The Wadajir party leader said officers serving under the Somali Security Forces are going on questionable holidays outside the country. 

“People who are well known to have squandered the security sector are still incharge,” said a simingly furious Abdishakur. 

“Others are very corrupt and have emersed wealth that is not theirs are,” said the party leader. 

“We have young people in the security sector who are developing ten storey buildings and travelling to Turkey, Malaysia and Nairobi for holiday,” he said ‘questioning’ their source of wealth. 

Somalia, along with Syria, ranked next-to-last in Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the perception of public sector corruption of 180 countries around the world.

He has called on authorities to investigate the conduct of serving security officers to win the war against the islamist, which the Somali government vowed to remove altogether from the boundaries of Somalia. 

Mogadishu is one of the heavily militarised cities in the world and al-Shabab have challenged authorities by conducting complex attacks in the midst of a heavy security presence. 

Since it was removed from Mogadishu in 2011, the group has conducted numerous attacks against the Federal Government Installations and and soft targets like Hotels. 


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