“Some elements in the security force worse than Al-Shabaab” says Mogadishu’s mayor
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In a meeting with district officials on Saturday, Mogadishu’s mayor Mahamud Nur Tarsan delivered an hour long speech voicing out his concern regarding the deteriorating situation in the Somali capital and Somalia in general.
During the course of the speech the mayor lashed out on the majority of officials describing them as “ineffective”. “You’ll find an office with more than fifty people present, and not a single one of them is able to put two paragraphs together. Not a single one can put his thoughts and opinions on paper. The only reason why a person becomes a general manager of a government administrative office, is because of the “4.5 system”” the mayor said lambasting the clan based “4.5 system”.
The 4.5 system was introduced after the fall of Siad Bare, which gives power and authority to four major tribes of Somalia, while bundling other minority tribes under the remaning“.5”, giving them very little or authority or say in the running of the country. “The reason why a person becomes a general, ambassador or any position of responsibility is because of “4.5”, it’s because of who his father and mother are, not because of his qualifications. So what we hill he contribute to the country and people?” the mayor further added.
The mayor also addressed the ongoing corruption in Somali politics by blaming officials of squandering public money. “Our money goes to buildings in Nairobi, Dubai, South Africa, Tanzania & Uganda. Why do they make way with our money and that of the Somali public?” the mayor said.
Further in the speech the mayor accused the security forces of incompetence and that they were the ones responsible for the decaying security and unrest in the capital: “The problem isn’t only Al-Shabaaab. The ones who killed the Syrian doctors don’t seem like Al-Shabaab to me. The ones who killed the Swedish female diplomat weren’t Al-Shabaab. There are those who are besides Al-Shabaab who carry on the violence and troubles in this city” said the mayor referring to elements of the security forces. “We discovered a house in Dharkanley where bootlegging was occurring. They were making their own alcoholic drinks with urine. The ones doing this are children of officials and their parents turn a blind eye to this.”
The mayor urged civilians to not put their trust in anyone but to rather strive and cooperate with another to uproot corruption, he questioned how “those worse than Al-Shabaab” can be trusted. “We supply them with weapons for our safety, we pay them salary, yet they take safety away from us” he said.
Critics however have said that Mr. Tarsan is only speaking out now because of fear of losing his position as mayor. It would not shocking to many, because Mr. Tarsan himself acquired his position through the “4.5 system”.