Few weeks ago Asharq Al-Awsat, the Arabic language daily newspaper, published story about a document it obtained. The document links Somaliaâ€™s Transitional Federal Government with a campaign to reclaim frozen Somali assets held in Swiss Banks since the collapse of the rule of the deposed President of Somalia Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.â€ Asharq Al-Awsat alleges the document was obtained from the Somali president.
A member of the office of Somali presidentâ€™s staff who is unhappy with the president Sharif Ahmedâ€™s bid to get access to Somaliâ€™s frozen assets may have leaked the document to the newspaper.
The president appointed his financial adviser, Mr Ali A Amalow, former head of Somalia central bank, to be the contact person who will liaise with Shulman Rogers, the American law firm tasked with recovering Somaliaâ€™s frozen assets on behalf of the Transitional Federal Government for a feeâ€”â€œ 50,000 plus 3.5% of the proceeds it manages to recover from the foreign banks.â€
Neither the BBC Somali Service nor the VOA Somali Service has taken interest in a major story that has left many Somalis in outside Somalia wondering why a president many people think to be a â€œdecent and trustworthyâ€™ allowed to authorise people with shady past to recover Somaliaâ€™s frozen assets., in the interest of transparency Horseed Media urges the TFG leadership to comment on the story linking the TFG president with a campaign to reclaim frozen assets without the knowledge of Somaliaâ€™s Transitional Federal Parliament. If the TFG leadership remains silent on this issue, the International community MUST intervene.
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