New report finds millions missing due to corruption in Somalia

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New report finds millions missing due to corruption in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Auditor General Mohamed Ali aka Afgoi revealed millions of dollars missing from key Somali federal government departments [FGS], in what could raise questions about government spending.

In its report, Afgoi said 25 entities and three embassies were audited. Unjustified expenses amount to $ 9 million; contracts worth $ 31 million not registered with the Office of the Auditor General, the existence of unauthorized bank accounts outside of the Treasury Single Account.

Somalia’s auditor general noted that $ 17 million in foreign aid had not been channeled through the country’s single treasury account. Afgoi added that federal member states and Banadir have not reported on funds amounting to $ 78 million received from the federal government.

According to him, he established that the government had mobilized $ 51 million for the response to Covid-19, but only $ 15 million was used. He reported the lack of a comprehensive plan to coordinate the government’s response, the failure to prepare enough isolation, treatment facilities, the failure to account for $ 3.9 million in COVID-19 funds to regions

For the first time, Afgoi audited the fishing sector. He found a sub-collection of $ 56 million in revenue from fishing vessels. In 3 years, the Ministry of Fisheries issued licenses to 43 domestic enterprises, 15 cooperatives, 83 foreign enterprises affiliated with China, raised only $ 3.3 million

Finally, Afgoi noted a lack of regulations to support the fishing sector, a lack of monitoring and inspection of fishing vessels. [meaning no mechanism to accurately account for catches made by Chinese vessels]. He also said there was no law in place for revenue sharing from fishing

But Abdullahi Addow, director of planning at the fisheries ministry, dismissed the Auditor General’s report, adding that he had not performed his duties reactively, in accordance with the rule of law.

“Today’s report released by the OAG regarding fisheries management is considered misleading and uses bad documentation to determine how much $ 56 million the department should have collected,” he said.

For years, the Somali federal government has often been blamed for its spending in certain departments, with the opposition accusing the government of embezzlement.

Outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has often defended his administration on corruption issues.

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