Somaliland:Former Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Turns Rental Car Driver

Somaliland former minister of posts and telecommunication for Silanyo administration Mr. Ali Elmi Gelleh turns to the rental car driver.

Horndiplomat-Somaliland former minister of posts and telecommunication for Silanyo administration Mr. Ali Elmi Gelleh turns to the rental car driver. Horndiplomat reports

Mr. Gelleh told Eryal tv in Hargeisa says “I was a minister, but not now. I should work to earn a living because I have no pension and did not steal from the public treasury while in power” Said Mr.Gelleh

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa loses billions of dollars each year through corruption, say, analysts. Local and international efforts to reform governance have been inconsistent.

But Gelleh emotionally pretty and also has an optimism that government officials after posts to become worker like a driver or anywhere else that to change the previous appearances.

“After a long time when I became a minister in Silanyo administration, but today’s my life is change, I’m a car driver and I’m very happy with my life because I’m living without a corruption.” Said, Former Minister of Post.

Africa & Corruption

Africa is widely considered among the world’s most corrupt places, a factor seen as contributing to the stunted development and impoverishment of many African states. Of the ten countries considered most corrupt in the world, six are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Transparency International, a leading global watchdog on corruption. A 2002 African Union study estimated that corruption cost the continent roughly $150 billion a year. To compare, developed countries gave $22.5 billion in aid to sub-Saharan Africa in 2008, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Some economists argue that African governments need to fight corruption instead of relying on foreign aid. But anti-corruption efforts on the continent have shown mixed results in recent years, and analysts fear that major international partners are unwilling to exert leverage over African governments. An initiative for transparency in the extractive industries shows promise but is mostly untested. Some experts suggest African interest in attracting foreign investment will serve to spur more substantive efforts to fight corruption

fight against corruption

The 30th African Union Summit that took place from 22-29 January 2018 has put discussions around corruption at the centre stage. The AU Summit, under the theme Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation, aimed at deliberating mechanisms for combating corruption and named Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari the African anti-corruption champion for 2018.

Corruption, considered as a cancer that destroys the fabric of society, is defined by Transparency International as ‘the abuse of entrusted power for private gain and can come in many forms such as bribery, embezzlement, extortion and nepotism’. Depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs, it can be classified as grand or petty corruption.

Somaliland declared its independence nearly three decades ago from Somalia, but despite having its own currency, parliament, military and legal system The territory has been experiencing stability and economic prosperity and has been influential in the fight against piracy and terrorism in the Horn of Africa.

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