Why is Somalia an unfortunate country?

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Somalia’s leaders are corrupted and they care less about the future of Somali children and most Somali politicians’ children live abroad in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Turkey. The money they looted has been deposited to foreign countries.

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud before he become president for the first time was a teacher and one of his wives used to sell petrol Km4 on the road in Mogadishu. Now Hassan and his family own properties in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Turkey, UAE and the EU. Hassan and his family are now multimillionaires according to sources Somali officials told Somali Times Hassan Sheikh’s net worth is over 500 million US dollars.

Read: Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh history of corruption 2012-2017

Read: Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh history of corruption 2012-2017

Somalia president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud is not an angel running the affairs of state. His administration can be faulted in many ways. He is running Somalia as if he owned Somalia.

Without proper education, the future of Somalia’s children and this country will not be bright. Somalia’s corrupted leaders are denying the futures of children.

International actors have collaborated with various Somali governments we have been subjected to over the years so that they can focus on their main priority: fighting the Al-Shabab terrorist group. This blind spot underscores the narrow vision they have for Somalia.

Read: Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh history of corruption 2012-2017

Many Somalis hold negative feelings towards aid agencies. Aid agencies have spent billions over the past decade but have little to show for it. Their programmes ignore long-term needs, and there are no strong government institutions to account for this.

The Somali people desperately need help, yet the drought has underscored the problems of international aid: its unaccountability, its focus on short-term intervention, and its perpetuation of a social and political system built on tribalism and corruption.

The Russia–Ukraine war and the climate change crisis have tremendously impacted many African countries like Somalia, immersed in unpredicted situations fueling the humanitarian crisis.

Read: Somalia corrupt lawmakers to consider extending presidential term

The arable land of Somalia mostly is permanent pasture and only about 1.5% is utilized for farming. However, this shows that the country is in need of a huge investment that will be part of the recovery of Somalia’s economy and national development.

Food security is a global issue as every country prioritizes addressing hunger, poverty, and health-related issues. In Somalia’s context, efforts have been extensively exerted locally and internationally toward achieving sustainable food security but for different combined impediments, still, no tangible progress has been achieved.

However here are some recommendations and suggestions that will backstop the strategies of boosting the agriculture sector to achieve sustainable food security in the country.

Read: Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh history of corruption 2012-2017

Somali farmers are considered small-scale farmers and hence they are getting disappointed with farming because of some organizations that distribute food kits in the harvesting season, leading to abandoned farms.

There have been many attempts before, including Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud’s first term as president, by respective administrations to lift the UN Arms Embargo in Somalia. By alleging that the most recent refusal to lift the ban is as a result of clans’ cooperation in the military operation is over stretching the truth.

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud appointed the founder of Al-Shabab terrorist group Mukhtar Robow as the Minister for Endowment and Religious Affairs was a big mistake. This is a parochial view of peacebuilding.

Somali spy chief Mahad Salad is a member of Al-Shabab terrorist group, who is lacking prior intelligence experience and education. An Intelligence Agency does not adumbrate its successes on a daily basis specially when it is fighting a deadly insurgency. According to former Somali spy chief Fahad Yasin Mahad Salad is a double agent.

Somalia is a country that has been plagued by corruption for decades. The government has been identified as one of the main sources of corruption in the country.

Read: Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh history of corruption 2012-2017

This aims to examine the various forms of corruption that are prevalent within the Somali government, as well as the impact that this corruption has on the country and its citizens. One of the main forms of corruption within the Somali government is embezzlement.

This is the unauthorized use of public funds for personal gain. Officials within the government often divert funds that are meant for public projects and services, such as infrastructure and education, into their own pockets.

This not only undermines the government’s ability to provide basic services to its citizens, but also fuels the mistrust between the citizens and the government.

Another form of corruption within the Somali government is nepotism. This is the practice of favoring family members and friends in the allocation of government jobs and resources. This undermines the merit-based system and leads to qualified individuals being passed over for less qualified individuals who have connections to government officials.

This also leads to lack of accountability and inefficiency in the government. Bribery is also a widespread problem within the Somali government. Public officials often demand bribes in exchange for providing services or granting permits, and businesses often pay bribes to secure government contracts. This undermines the rule of law and creates a culture of corruption that is detrimental to the country’s development.

The impact of corruption within the Somali government is severe. It undermines the government’s ability to provide basic services to its citizens, such as education and healthcare, and it also fuels poverty and inequality. It also contributes to the country’s ongoing conflict and instability. In addition, it also erodes public trust in government institutions and democracy.

Somalia has untapped resources oil, fisheries, minerals. Somalia also has the longest coastline in Africa.