By Abdiaziz Amalo
Friday February 18, 2022
The chances of winning for a candidate with verifiable criminal record for a seat in the 2022 Somali Federal Parliament is 85 per cent whereas the chance of winning for a candidate with a clean background is 15 per cent.
Due to this fact, close to half of the members of new Somali Federal Parliament has publicly known criminal cases.
Out of the 275 members of the 2016 Somali Federal Parliament, only 27 MPs had declared criminal cases against them. For the 2022 federal parliament, the number of MP with criminal record is around 100 MP. It is fourfold increase compare to the 2016 number.
The criminal cases against the newly elected MPs include cases related to committing culpable homicide, house trespass, robbery, criminal intimidation, Terrorism, bank embezzlement, and membership of evil doers or gangs.
As per the self-sworn affidavits submitted by the candidates at the time of filing nominations for the new Somali Federal Parliament, most of the criminal candidates got help from Farmajo and his partners in crime Fahad YASIN , and from the leader of Southwest Lafta Gareen, leader of Hirshabeele Ali Guudlaawe, leader of Galmudug QOOR QOOR, leader of Puntland Said Deni, leader of Jubaland Ahmed Madobe.
There is an alarming figure when it comes to serious criminal cases. Around half of winners with criminal record are accused of serious criminal cases related to rape, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, violence against women, etc.
Among the new members of Federal Parliament, there are 3 MPs accused of being responsible of the assassination of female intelligence officer Ikram Tahlil, a case president Farmajo adamantly objected to be independently investigated and 20 others with declared cases of attempt to murder
By some good assessment of informed politicians, politicians with a criminal record are more likely to be elected than those with a clean slate - because, they have more illicit funds with which to buy votes.
Arguably, of course, Farmaajo Government is helping tainted military , NISA and Police officers or national politicians - among them many murderers, rapists and fraudsters - which could create chaos in next parliament and make it even harder to get laws passed. The criminals turned into parliamentarians will destabilize the political system of Somalia.
United States Government and International community should consider to sanction, freeze assets and blacklist the well documented criminals who became members of the federal parliament to protect the viability and effectiveness of the Somali state and to eradicate terrorism in the Horn of Africa.