UN developments in Nairobi and allegations that some UN officials
and employees were members of an organized crime syndicate
must be shocking and disheartening to the UN leadership, donor
countries and UN member states.
the reported corrupt practices and more undisclosed allegations
are common in that part of the world and are being turned
into an art form by many UN officials and employees in Somalia
and in Nairobi, Kenya.
refugees in Nairobi and local Somali authorities in the “Recovery
Zones” and “Transitional Zones” have been complaining for
a period of time about a range of corrupt practices by UN
officials and employees.
relate to a number of issues, but mainly consist of the following:
resettlement issues and how they are selected
* UN aid
distribution and allocation methods: what region in Somalia
gets what aid, when and how?
* UN officials
and how they are assigned: who gets assigned to what region
and information reporting:
IRIN Networks in partnership with ReliefWeb and their reporting
methodologies and allegations that they employ and represent
certain Somali Political Factions.
didn't take the Somali allegations seriously. They have neither
undertaken an internal inquiry nor have they responded to
the allegations. The alleged corrupt practices and extortions
continued and evolved into “an organized crime network in
Africa” as reported by Reuters News Agency.
victims, local authority officials and their cries for justice
were never heeded. No news reports and no special investigations
by UN watchdog agencies covered the situation. But justice
works in strange ways. What has been revealed in the last
couple of days is precisely what the Somali people and their
local authorities have been trying to convince the UN officials
to closely monitor.
high time that UN special investigations office has undertaken
a serious examination about the conduct of UN officials and
employees. The world is watching and the Somali people are
waiting! And as often said: justice delayed is justice denied.
it should be emphasized that the UN offices and their efforts
to relieve the suffering of the Somali people are well documented.
For a large number of Somali families in certain areas, the
UN has sometimes made the difference between life and death.
No one knows better than the victims that received much needed
help and they appreciate it.
SHASNA also appreciate the good intentions of UN offices.
We think they have done quite a job throughout Somalia. They
have undertaken developmental projects from Somaliland to
Puntland to the “Transitional Zones”. UN officials and employees
have also suffered in helping the Somali people in the “Crisis
their efforts and we hope they continue providing services
for the needy. However well intentioned, in the process of
providing much needed help, the good offices of the UN had
been infiltrated. They have either been turned into “an organized
crime network” or into fulfilling the political agenda of
the connected few, whose political agenda has its roots with
the past repressive Marxist dictatorship of Somalia and the
ruling elite of a certain highly corrupted neighboring city-state.
this political agenda wants to receive UN donated MONEY that
can be stashed in Swiss secret numbered bank accounts. This
would create more illicit money to fuel the flames of the
continuing Somali civil war and disrupt or destroy developments
and stability that has been achieved in peaceful regions of
Somalia for the past ten years.
they can't obtain UN money, they print their own illegal paper
money with the blessings of the UN information agencies (IRIN
February 14, 2001 Headline: Somalia: Government to buy up
imported money). UN information agencies sole responsibility,
of late, appears to be spreading misinformation and groundless
stories on peaceful regions of Somalia (IRIN February 21,
2001 Headline: Somalia: Women sentenced to death by stoning).
This information network, even when it chooses not to quote
unreliable Mogadishu local tabloids, still gets the story
wrong, fabricates more baseless stories and makes up non-existing
“Local Sources.” As always, it is our hope that the good UN
offices will be back in the hands of better custodians.
is an advocacy group based in Boston, Massachusetts. It stands
for the unity and peaceful coexistence of the Somali people.
It supports the creation of a Federal system of governance
to safeguard the emerging free markets of the Recovery Zones.
SHASNA encourages corporate and individual investments in
the Recovery Zones. It has presences in both Puntland (Boosaaso,
Garoowe, Buurtinle, Bacaadweyn and Gaalkacyo) and Somaliland
(Hergeysa, Berbera and Burco).