No salary for three months say Somali government employees
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Government employees are complaining of not having received their salaries for three months, with some entering their fourth month. Recent claims by government officials that they receive monthly salaries have left them very confused and put them in difficult situations.
Some employees who spoke to local reporters claimed that they haven’t been paid since three months, with some claiming that they now face being evicted from their homes due to their inability to pay the house rent. Others claimed that they haven’t been paid since July thus not having been able to provide their family with enough to sustain them.
One employee, who preferred anonymity, said that he has face problems after the Somali prime minister spoke to VOA and said that employees receive their salary before the end of each month. This, the employee says has cause landlords to demand their rent money from them, which has been piling up for months.
“I was already in a difficult situation as I haven’t been receiving payment for three months, but things got worse when the prime minister recently said in an interview with VOA that all employees receive their salaries on the 27th or 28th of each month. What happened was that the landlord also listened to this interview. She came to me demanding that pay up. I told her that I haven’t received salary for three months. She told me the prime minister said on the radio that you guys receive your money, so pay up!”
Another employee said: “What’s worse than us not receiving salary, is that our leaders publicly claim on media outlets that we get paid. This causes a lot of confusions and problems.”
Families of employees have been suffering due to the lack of payment. One employee said that he was unable to let his family have a joyous Eid celebration or buy them gifts, because he barely has enough money for necessities such house bills and food.
This occurs despite the fact that the international community donates a lot of money to the Somali government, part of which is assigned to go these employees, which the government say they pay, a claim which these employees contest.