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Somali Government pledges $2M to relief aid kitty amidst criticism over non payment of civil servants
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Somali Government pledges $2M to relief aid kitty amidst criticism over non payment of civil servants

Somalia government on Monday pledged $2 million towards the  Hunanitariam Response Plan For Somalia appeal that was  launched last week targetting to assist 3.9 million Somalis currently been affected by ongoing drought in parts of the country. Speaking at a press conference in Adado, Galmudug Interior Minister Abdirahman Odawa told reporters that the $2M pledge would come from the government treasury But that government pledged towards the relief aid kitty has received more criticsim than praise with Somalis questioning its motive some linking it to the coming presidential elections set for later this month. Most of those interviewed by Radio Dalsan on the streets and villages across the country were of the opinion that the government should instead pay civil servants salary "I have not been paid salary in the last 5 months. It is a bad joke on us working for the government to learn that instead of paying us what os due to us it ia instead spending millions of  dollars as a campaign tool" a civil servant who seek anonymity told Radio Dalsan in Mogadishu. On social media Somalis criticize the government of seeking  popularity through the suffering of millions of starving people.   Aid agencies are seeking to raise $864M towards relief aid. Drought in the country has been a recurrent problem but so has non payment of civil servants who now claim.not to have received salary in the last five months