The multimillion dollar World Bank, Economic Growth Program (EPG) for Somaliland has yet to bear fruits except for the members of one rogue family in Hargeisa.
The Hashi family acts as the sole representatives of the world Bank in Somaliland and own the only private company, which benefits from the World Bank financed scheme. I don’t know if this is not a conflict of interest at its worst in the books of the World Bank.
The program was designed to ease poverty, unemployment and to prevent Illegal migration, sea piracy and terrorism spreading among the younger generations in Somaliland.
During the launching ceremony of the project, Mr. Denis Dann from the World Bank and his colleague Mr. Najib Hasan Hashi urged local entrepreneurs to utilize the program properly and not only for the growth of their personal businesses but for the good of the country.
Years later, we learned the EPG was not meant to be fair and was not aimed to benefit either the Somalilander businesses nor the growth of the national economy , It only benefited Mr. Dann, Mr. Najib Hashi and his two uncles, who are better known as the notorious mansoor hotel family.
How does the scam work?
This is how this scam works; entrepreneurs are invited to bring in their future business plans, then they are asked to pay for the plans to be made more presentable to the selection committees. That is not all, Mr. Najib Hashi (AKA Nagib) goes through the sexed-up business plans, chooses the best ones, puts the names of his relatives on them and sends them with a wink to his cocoons and co-conspirators in the World Bank in Nairobi , Kenya.
At the end, all the EPG funds successfully go to the Hashi family and the success of the mission is credited thankfully to the genius Najib Hashi.
How is the EPG money spent?
The way the World Bank money is spent is a grotesque comedy. To the majority of Somalilanders the actions of Hashi family do not raise eyebrows, because and quite understandably the Mansoor hotel family are not known to be the Robin Hoods of Somaliland. They make sure not to take hostages, when money comes their way.
Big chunk of the ill-gotten World Bank cash is spent on the family businesses in Hargeisa , like the on going Mansoor hotel expansion , the construction of Mr. Najib Hashi’s own new luxurious hotel in Hargeisa and on the nonstop lavish political campaign parties regularly thrown by Mr. Mohamed Hashi, the uncle of Najib and brother of Mansoor hotel owner in Hargeisa.
Mr. Mohamed Hashi’s pseudo-political conventions are frequently and regularly held in Mansoor and even Mr. Najib’s World Bank rented office is located in his uncle’s Mansoor hotel. This is how the money that comes out of the family pockets stays in the family pockets. I mean, the cash that comes from the international taxpayers pockets ends up in Hashi family’s pockets.
Mohamed Hashi was a former finance Minister in the Silanyo administration and after he was fired from his ministerial post, he turned into clannish activism, and prefers to emulate Mr. Sisi of Egypt. He uses the infamous “REBEL” group’s slogans to attract followers, but all the time and money spent is to no avail to work against the popular and democratically elected government in Somaliland.
Mr. Hashi calls his “REBEL” group “Madasha wada Tashigga” which roughly translates to “the round table”, but in fact, Mr. Hashi’s political approach is far from “round table discussions” he he tries to squeeze the government into a corner to further enhance his personal plus his clan’s political and economic ambitions. Mr. Mohamed Hashi lost the respect of all Somalilanders after his followers called for the boycotting of Dahabshiil company, the most respected and the biggest employer in Somaliland and Somalia.
I don’t think dealing with only one rogue family will win a popularity contest for the World Bank. Furthermore , the world Bank needs to seriously examine its relations with this rogue family and find out about the ways their benevolent gift to the people of Somaliland is spent.
This vicious circle , which is made-up of World Bank mob In Nairobi, Kenya and a Hargeisa rogue family must be broken up and not allowed to infinitely go on unchecked and with impunity.