October 16, 2012 ·19 Comments
The Mayor of Hargeisa, Hussein Mahmoud Ji’ir has today reimbursed more than US$3,36,000 he took from local businessmen in exchange for a prime piece of land owned by the government.
Traders who gathered at the Mayoral parlor earlier today claimed that they had each paid the amount of $2,100 for a commercial slot in a proposed open market. The Council said it will be built in an empty land located near the existing Gobinimo market.
The businessmen numbering more than 160 have for the whole of last week camped outside the Hargeisa Municipality Headquarters’ demanding the Mayor to refund their money. President Silanyo recently issued a decree interfering in Council affairs and prohibiting the sale of government property.
The President issued the letter following clashes between landless squatters and Council officials.
Most of the traders’ hopes to acquire a commercial slot at the controversial site were dashed by the presidential decree. We managed to talk to some of traders who told us that the Mayor Ji’ir had refunded their money and welcomed the a move.
Goth M Goth