Somali Government Freezes Pay for Religious Scholars

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –The Somali Federal Government has recently stopped paying clerics who used to propagate pro-government rhetoric tarnishing the image of any group or administration deemed against the leadership of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Somaliguardian has received reports about the pay cuts made by the office of Somali President to the religious scholars who are currently members of the Somali Religious Scholars Council led by Sh. Bashir Ahmed Salad.

Reports say that the clerics have not received their monthly pays for several months, marking an end to their service for the government.

Pro-government religious clerics have been cornerstone in efforts aimed to cast division between the public and Al-Shabaab, as the group wages war against the Federal government and foreign troops based across Somalia.

They have also been used to fight in the cause of fending off criticisms against the Federal government. Members of the Uluma council whose salaries have now been cut had once been used to tarnish the image of Abdirahman Abdishakur, a political party leader whom they said had apostatized, warranting to be killed.

However, now the very existence of the Uluma council, Saudi backed clerics is now at stake. They have been denied permission to enter the Presidential compound and meet the country’s leader.

Government officials say this recent effort is aimed to save money that will be used for the reelection of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

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