Somalia’s trade minister says he will employ relatives


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s Minister of Trade Jibriel Abdirashid has told a parliamentary committee that he will hire members of his family and relatives as staff, citing the country’s 4.5 clan power-sharing system.

Speaking to the Economics Committee of the Somali parliament, Abdirashid confirmed that he had hired 10 members of his close relatives and will employ many others, triggering a barrage of criticism from MPs.

Somali MP Mohamed Abdi Hayir Mareye called on the minister to retract the comments he made during media presence.

It comes months after President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said that officials in the highest echelons of power have constitutional right to employ their family members and relatives, in what critics say gives to boost to nepotism and corruption within the government institutions.

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