Somalia expels CARE country director for meddling politics

Somali government has expelled CARE country director, Iman Abdullahi for meddling politic and creating chaos and mistrust.

According to country’s Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education Abdullahi Godah Barre, Somalia accused Iman of disregarding the government’s policies and procedures.

The ministry also accused him of creating “unnecessary tensions” among Somalia’s state and federal governments.

“Moreover, during your tenure as a Country Director, you have undertaken a campaign to derail progress of the education sector by creating chaos and mistrust among the Federal Government of Somalia and its counterparts, including donors and education partners. You have attempted and continue to work towards damaging the relationship the government has with its donors and partners,” Godah Barre wrote, adding that CARE’s regional director was previously made aware of these accusations in a written letter and during a meeting.

Noting that efforts to address the issues raised with CARE Somalia regional office had failed, the Minister declared Abdullahi ‘persona non-grata’. “Effectively immediately, your entry into Somalia will be revoked,’ the hard-hitting letter reads.

The organisation said that it received the letter and is “working towards a solution with the Federal Government of Somalia, CARE Somalia and relevant stakeholders.”

“We continue to implement our programs in Somalia and remain deeply committed to our partnerships with the Federal Government, the generous donors who support us and, most importantly, with the communities whom we all seek to serve,” an organization spokesperson said in an emailed statement sent to Devex media.

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