prime minister in Somalia's interim government on Sunday ordered
ministers and members of parliament accommodated in hotels
here to vacate and look for cheaper homes.
MPs and other delegates who are in hotels should vacate their
hotels and seek houses as the government is ready to give
them reasonable accommodation allowances," said Osman Jama
Ali, the acting prime minister in the Transitional National
hoteliers that the government would no longer pay the bills
of officials who continued staying in hotels. More than 300
government officials have lived in hotels in Mogadishu at
an average cost of $25 a day since the formation of the TNG
at a conference in Djibouti of Somali politicians, exiled
parliamentarians and civic leaders, the TNG is opposed by
almost all of the warlords and controls little more than a
part of the capital. Government officials can only stay in
the part of Mogadishu under TNG control and would be risking
their lives if they ventured into sections of the city under
the control of warlords hostile to the government.
accommodating government officials and their entourage are
heavily guarded. "The TNG will provide adequate security for
the officials after they vacate the hotels," said Ali.
of the TNG have dubbed it "government of hotels". Abdullahi
Yousuf Afrah, the manager of Hotel Ramadan which has been
hosting some of the senior officials, told AFP that he had
asked them to leave or start paying their own bills.
became the first central government in the Horn of Africa
nation after a decade of clashes among rival warlords following
the ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in January 1991.