Former Somali Regional President Asked to Pay Bribe Money to Meet PM

Somali Regional State

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Former President of Somalia’s Hirshabelle Regional State Ali Abdullahi Osoble said he was asked by Protocol officials of the Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble for $300 for them to arrange meeting between him and the PM.

In a statement posted on his official facebook account, Mr Osoble reiterated that Mohamed Hussein Roble became the most expensive PM in Somalia’s history as gaining access to his office proved a considerably hard task.

The former Somali regional president stated “two officials responsible for protocol duties of the Prime Minister’s office separately asked me to pay $300 to arrange meeting with the PM”. Mr Osoble added that it was possible that the PM was not aware of the corrupt process, which he described as a deplorable misdemeanor.

It is a common practice at Somalia’s government institutions to pay bribes for arranging meetings with senior officials or processing applications for public services.

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