August 19, 2019

President Said Abdullahi DENI of Puntland doesn’t behave or act like an economist, or even a businessman. From the outset of his administration, he is creating the largest government bureaucracy in the history of PUNTLAND State. He has already become the talk of the town as the biggest employer in the locality. How would he pay for this cumbersome goverment bureaucracy?

The sheer size and weight of his highly duplicated personnel leave no room for efficiency and accountability? Are these political appointments planned in the Annual Budget? Are these appointments notified to the Account-General and Auditor-General? Are these appointments discussed in Cabinet Sessions? Are these appointments being proposed by the heads of relevant government departments?

The Presidential Decrees appointing all these new officials are simplistic and poorly prepared documents, citing no references of specific articles of the Puntland Constitution, details of experience of appointees, credentials or qualifications of appointees, references to curricula vitae, job descriptions for positions or vacancies or openings to fill in. Look at latest Presidential Decrees- they read like a writing prepared by a teen-ager at first year of an intermediate school, devoid of any convincing reasons for these government appointments.

This happens when there is no an Independent Civil Service Commission.

The problem is that large government and bureaucracy lead to severe budget deficits and that, in turn, paves the way to under-development and cuts of funding to social services and public security. You cannot afford to do that under the current Somalia’s political climate and volatility.

President DENI should change course and immediately.