Somalia Envoy allegedly pocketed cash for starving children

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By Robert Mugabe



  • Somalia gov’t deny receiving Rwanda’s cash
  • Envoy has no trace for cash
  • Campaign Youth leader calls for explanations

Kigali, Rwanda-Somalia ambassador in Rwanda is now engulfed by new allegations of diverting funds meant for supporting vulnerable Somali children who were affected by drought, to his personal businesses, Great Lakes Voice, reports.

Apparently in one of the big humanitarian scandal in the region,  More than Rwf33Million almost $55000 collected from Rwandans through “Rwanda Youth for Somalia” campaign to help starving Somalis children, who were afflicted by hunger caused by drought and conflict in 2012, was allegedly pocketed by Ambassador of Somalia to Rwanda, His excellence Cabdullahi Sheikh Maxamed.

On 26 October 2012, the cheque was handed to Somalia ambassador Cabdullahi Sheikh Maxamed by Minister of Youth and ICT, Philbert Nsengimana and the youth delegation leading the campaign.

When Great Lakes Voice, launched an investigation last year, Mogadishu officials denied receiving any money from Rwanda. Senior officials in “Villa Somalia” [state house] denied knowledge of support from Rwanda youth.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mogadishu Abdullahi Dol Mohamed talked to Great Lakes Voice editor, in March 2014, saying that there was no single coin to come from Rwanda. Adding that, it was his first time to hear about the said campaign.

“There was no penny from Kigali. It’s my first time to hear about the youth from Rwanda helping starving Somalis,” Abdullahi Dol Mohamed said.

In an interview with Somalia ambassador, he said the money was distributed to hospitals in Mogadishu and other parts of the country. “The money I got from the youth was distributed to help hospitals in Mogadishu and Maliki.”

But a few minutes later, the ambassador is on record saying he channeled the money directly to the then president, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

“The money you are asking about was given to hospitals in Mogadishu and Maliki,” Cabdullahi Sheikh Maxamed added that “the names of the hospitals are classified due to the reason that other hospitals would question why they did not profit from the support.”

The former coordinator, Rwanda Youth for Somalia, Jean Nepo Sibomana said it “would be bizarre and outrageous.”

“We collected this money hoping to reach the miserable Somalis children who were affected by drought, and then if our small support did not get to the beneficiaries it would be embarrassing,” Sibomana added.

According to Sibomana, it’s necessary for Rwandans and Somalis to know how the money from the campaign was used.  “The embassy must come up clearly with facts to explain how the money was used,” Nepo Sibomana said.

It’s not clear how Amb. Cabdullahi spent the cash, but sources allege that the Ambassador used the money to buy a car.

Rwanda Minister of Youth and ICT, Philbert Nsengimana preferred not to comment as he didn’t have sufficient information on the case but promised to comment on a follow-up article.

Somalia Premier told Great Lakes Voice in Kigali, that he is not aware of any money from Rwanda.

“I am not aware of the youth money to Somalia. Sorry, I have no idea of what you’re saying,” Abdiweli sheikh Ahmed said.

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  1. cade toxow

    June 30, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    We followed keenly the activities of the ambassador , his actions do not reflect the spirit of brotherhood instilled in our Somalia culture it’s is deep regret that the books of justice will judge u harshly and may Allah punish u for this . The state of suffering among the Somalia in the streets is evident to the entire world u had a choice to make a difference but u never ua performance is worse than any of the previous consul. Yr number one enemy brought 1200+ cadets for training with the Rwanda national army graduated and currently who are helping the Somalia army . What have u done for the country?

  2. hassan abdi

    June 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Surely the money you ate will be vomited out of your stomach, your car will never drive u an inch . Despite your poor nature, why do u consume money meant for the starving Somalia children .? Your actions amount to abuse of office and to the Somalia poor you are a disgrace

  3. Karekezi

    June 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Selfishness and greed are alive in the world. How does a representative of a country behave like this? Undisciplined and irresponsible. Children are starving in somalia and he is busy not only cheating his own government but also the Rwandan Government who are trying to help. Is he really in need of those funds more than the people who dont even have shoes to wear? This man is unserious and should be sent back to where he came from. He is constantly making news, not as a respectable official but as a street hooligan who is destroying his country’s image. I am saddened by his ignorance.

  4. Fello

    June 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    I weep for the liberty of my country when I see at this early day of its successful experiment that corruption has been imputed to many members of the House of Representatives, and the rights of the people have been bartered for some filthy and hungry stomach. This man does not deserve the title he has.

  5. Patrick

    July 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    This is just baseless allegations! The ambassador has all rights to spend the money at his discretion as he is representing his country. This journalist is unethical and he is operating under influence of other operatives.

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  7. nyandwi

    July 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Truely Sad!
    An Ambassador to act in such manner where is the pride…?!
    He has damaged himself not those who brought him to book!
    Frankly speaking lets all speak in a decent manner
    The somali hasn’t done anything to him,he’s illiteracy got him in this mess.
    I think mr Omar should’ve distributed himself to the somali people.
    Let’s wait and see what Rwanda &Somalia will do!

  8. Eric M

    July 2, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Dear all, all I can guarantee you is that the truth will be out very soon!! Rwanda is no jokes!

  9. Blazer

    July 3, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Patrick, You have to remember this is a public office and not his shop! He owes responsibility elsewhere. Why don’t you focus in discrediting the journalist with facts? We are getting sick of these stories and I believe the ambassador is attracting problems. I challenge the ambassador to table his facts with greatlakes and publish an article clearing his name. He owes this to the public and not greatlakes or whoever you name. Wherever there is smoke definitely ……… I strongly think this requires diplomatic skills if he still has any left. Personally, we are getting to a point of verifying these facts through administrative channels rather than leave the fight to the press. Glad to have seen a forum on a website I read yesterday showing how serious the government in Somali is taking the issues surrounding such cases. i hope the propositions will be effected soonest to deal with such issues.

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