Published On: Sat, Nov 2nd, 2013

Somalia’s Watergate Scandal: President’s Chief of Staff outmaneuvered in his bid to steal over 100 million dollar

Somalia has been hit by a scandal similar to the US  Watergate Scandal. The Financial Times, a respected international business  journal has reported that Yusur Abraar, Governor of the Somalia Central  Bank has resigned her position. Governor Abraar was appointed as a governor  just two months ago.

The story, which was originally broken by Awdal press,  reports that Governor Abraar resigned because she did not want to be  involved in the looting of Somali assets and funds by a group of people  led by the president’s own chief of staff, Mr. Kamal Dahir Gutaale.

The President’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Kamal Dahir  Guutaale, tried to force the newly appointed Governor of the Central  Bank, Ms. Yusur Abraar, to transfer over 100 million dollars to his  cohorts;

Ganjab Investments http://www.ganjab.com/bus/?page_id=156 , The American law firm of Shulman Rogers http://www.shulmanrogers.com/attorneys.html , http://www.linkedin.com/title/partner/at-shulman-rogers,  while the president of Somalia was out of the town on a visit to Kismayo,  backfired on a colossal scale. Now everyone involved is running for  the dark corners.

This bold and money grab would have succeeded if not  for Ms. Yussur Abrar’s strong ethics, moral fortitude.  Ms. Yusur  Abraar was appointed to be the Governor of the Central Bank seven weeks  ago because of her in depth knowledge and understanding of global finance,  her intelligence, and her convictions.

Ms. Yusur Abrar is a world renowned financial expert  who is, like her predecessor Dr. Abdisalam Omer from the Awdal State  .  Ms. Abraar, upon accepting her appointment, began creating a banking  structure that would prevent government funds from being looted.   Her plan was not to allow any of the over 100 million dollars to be  deposited into the central bank until a reliable banking structure was  in place that would prevent the stealing of Somalia’s money by anyone  in a position of power.  The UN has reported that over 20 million  dollars had been stolen last year from the Central Bank.

Unbeknown to Ms. Yusur Abraar, the President’s own  Chief of Staff had a plan in the works to steal over 100 million dollars  in Somali money from overseas that had been frozen.  The plan was  for all this money to be transferred directly to the law firm of Shulman  Rogers and not into the central bank of Somalia.  The only problem  was that Ms. Yusur Abraar needed to be on board with this deal.

The Chief of Staff did not see Ms. Yusur Abraar’s  moral objections as a big deal.  She was a woman, only in office  for seven weeks, and was now in Mogadishu. History and his life experience  told him that ambitious Somali politicians always cooperate.  He planned  on meeting her at the Jazira hotel and once there “persuade” her  to “do the right thing”.   There was no reason to suspect  that the plan would not work.  The Chief of Staff saw Mogadishu  as his town, his gunmen where there and at his beck and call.   And, after all, Ms. Yusur Abraar could do all the bank reforming she  would like in the future, but he wanted his cut of Somalia’s gold  now.  What choice did she have?

What Mr. Kamal Dahir Guutaale did not know was that  Ms. Yusur Abraar had uncovered his plans, knew that lawyers from Shulman  Rogers where in town and on the day that Mr. Kamal Dahhir Guutaale had  carefully choreographed as the day where Ms. Yusur Abraar was to “sign  on the dotted line”, she was already out of the country and tendering  her resignation.

Ms. Yusur Abraar snuck out of Mogadishu  quietly without the Chief of Staff ever knowing and while in Dubai,  resigned and exposed the Chief of Staff for the thief that he was.   Ms. Kamal Dahir Guutaale and his lawyers from Shulman Rogers where left  holding the bag.

Now comes the fall out.  The President is coming  back to town.  The question is did Mr. Kamal Dahir Guutaale plan  this thievery to occur when the President was away so he could get away  with it?  Or did he plan this thievery when the President was away  so that the President could say he didn’t know?  Basically was  Mr. Kamal Dahir Guutaale acting as the President’s agent, and on the  President’s behalf, or did he try to steal over 100 million dollars  for himself? Who knew what, and when did they know it?

We will know soon enough.  The President will  either fire Mr. Kamal Dahir Guutaale and replace him with a reputable  Chief of Staff or he will keep him on to do his dirty deeds in the future.   Soon we will know the truth.  What else is missing and stolen?

Not too long ago some of the Somali websites and the  East Africa Energy Forum reported that a Mr. Haider and his group were  shopping Somali gas and oil concession with the assistance of another  foreign law firm, Jay Park, and using a company registered in an offshore  country. Whether the president or the prime minister is behind this  scandal as well will also come out soon enough.

Having crooked men in positions of power is not new  to Somalia.  We know that Mr. Kamal Dahir Guutalle is running a  criminal gang, the only question is; was the President behind this?   The truth cannot stay hidden forever.

 

 

For more information in this conspiracy click on the  following links:

Financial Times

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5bf9ac6c-4319-11e3-8350-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2jW3XKUYz

AwdalPress

http://www.awdalpress.com/index/archives/25270

The Podesta Group

http://somalianewsroom.com/2013/09/25/somalia-government-hires-lobbying-firm-podesta-group-details/

Soma Oil

http://somalianewsroom.com/2013/08/08/a-preliminary-look-at-soma-oil-and-gas-in-somalia/

Documents:

1. Contract between Podesta Group, Shulman Rogers and  Central Bank of Somalia

2. Contract between Podesta Group, Shulman Rogers and  Central Bank of Somalia -2

3. Exhibit B Shulman Rogers and Federal Republic of Somalia

4.Lobbiest Group hired by Shulman Rogers (Podesta Group)

5.Money (Fee) Paid to Shulman Rogers

6.Exhibit A Shulman Rogers and Kamal Dahir Hassan Gutela

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  1. Jabuutawi says:

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  2. Gaade says:

    It may be 2013 but Somalis are in pre 1960 and to view it differently is completely out of touch. It is time the IC to force the Southern Somalis to accept their pre 1960 border and forget about working on the formula of one Somalia. It’s impractical and counter- productive. In that way, everyone will be clear, state building in Somalia could be accelerated and the operations against the extremists could be brought forward by squeezing them from all angles. People talk about rebuilding the Somali army as there is no enough hardware and manpower to defeat the extremists. There is indeed enough hardware and manpower but it’s in different blocks and it’s within these blocks that power is found. Power isn’t within the individual members who make up the Federal government. Actual power is in these blocks and the Federal government is only one actor which drives most of its power from one of these blocks with the support of the international community. Although it’s right that the SFG spearheads the reconstruction of Somalia, it can only be effective if it knows its remit and power. Instead of being seduced by the international recognition, it could have created more power for itself if it was working on the remit of its pre1960 borders and this was supported in action by the IC.

    As for recovering the pre-war Somali assets, it's for the reasons above that it should not be attempted at this stage. As long as people view themselves in blocks, it will be conducted as they will say, "not in my name."

  3. Layla says:

    Stealing from poor people is a terrible crime. These people should feel shame! Imangine 20 million dollar to spend health or education in Somalia, it would have made huge difference. I salute the governor not being part of this and busting these criminals.

  4. cimraan says:

    Half of this money belongs to Somaliland. It should not be released without the consent of Somalia. Anyone who is involved in looting and releasing this money should be brought to court.
    Somaliland gov should contact this law firm and the bank holding this money about the its position.

  5. NLander says:

    This is exactly why Somaliland wants no part of Somalia too many snakes like these in the grass over there to get a decent nights sleep

  6. Ali says:

    I’m flabbergasted to read such a comments from some of these people , this article is about Somalia NOT a clan region which is also part of Somalia. If you really hate the rest of the Somalis this much you should stay out of Somalia’s affair and concentrate on your dry qabiil based region

  7. Ilyas says:

    Abraar is a true somali woman, and some of those who counted to be men who joyfully granted their daughters to the amxari habashis should learn from her how to be strict with your principles, not shift as the time and date shift on a second basis.

  8. NLander says:

    Stop thinking Xabashi are your enemies thats all you fa qa sh have, that was the only way you could rally people was to scare em but that scare tactic aint working anymore. The xabashi werent killing Landers it was Afwayne and your fa qas h lot. That Lander woman found out in a New York minute that Somalia wasnt about s h yt and rolled out just like Somaliland rolled out on you. Jigs up

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