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Local Somalis allege favorism towards the Diaspora in government job allocation
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Local Somalis allege favorism towards the Diaspora in government job allocation

As millions of  Somalis and the world witnessed the inauguration of the ninth President of the Federal Republic of Somalia last Wednesday in a relatively organized ceremony  not every one was appreciative of the organizers of the event . In no time after the celebratory mood was over local youth were made clear that they had drawn a battle line against their fellow youth from the diaspora. Social media came abuzz with posts by local youth criticizing the preference of diaspora youth in the event organization. A journalist and blogger Jankeir Jamal Blogger posted on his Facebook account that the inauguration ceremony organizers were mainly youth from the diaspora. Locals were reduced into observers and left out of the event . Jamal went further to demand that the Farmaajo administration should not ignore the local youth. His sentiments were shared across the country by most local Somali youth and a debate had been triggered over the supposed culture of preferential treatment towards the diaspora in government jobs allocation . “I have lived in Mogadishu throughout the civil war. Despite the challenges we face as youth I managed to study  hard and got a degree at Horn Africa University. But I remain jobless after several attempts to seek job with the government “ Ahmed Abdian unemployed graduate told Radio Dalsan. “It pains me to see all the jobs go to those who have been living abroad. We deserve to be considered too but we have no connections. Its about who you know” Abdi said Abdi Abdullahi an analyst warns that the situation may lead to another conflict in Somalia . “We do not want another conflict in Somalia. We have been through clan fighting. We are facing a war against Alshabaab ,we are dealing with a war on corruption. Now am foreseeing a conflict between the locals and the diaspora” Abdullahi told Radio Dalsan. “It may seem like we from the diaspora are taken a larger portion of government jobs but it’s a misconception. We are Somalis like any other Somalis. We are back in Somalia because we love this country and want to take part in its development. We have sacrificed and left a lot to comeback home”. In 2016 a nationwide  debate was triggered when a Minister said on national tv talk show that  diaposra Somalis were more qualified than local Somalis. Outgoing Minister of Planning Abdi Aynte accused the country’s universities of producing half baked graduates. Aynte said the education system is below the average standard and that locally educated graduates lacked quality to qualify for employment opportunities  suggesting those from the diasporawere better for the jobs. Youth on Social media protested the ministers argument. Critics say favourism and nepotism has replaced meritocracy in government jobs allocation . “The reason why ministers prefer to hire the diaspora is because most of theme are from the diaspora and are likely  to offer jobs to friends  in the UK or US where they came from” Abshir Mohamud a social commentator  said. This is the first time that Somalia is having a president from the diaspora since the civil war. And locals are more concerned that the trend may even be more pronounced in the Farmaajo administration which is headed by a President with an American citizenship a Prime. Minister designate  and Speaker  who are both naturalized Norwegians.