Somalia: Court jails Ministry of Health officials over disappearance of COVID-19 funds

The four were sentenced to 18, 12, 9 and 3 years in jail

August 25, 2020, 11:38 AM for gotta.news
Mogadishu Court

Four Ministry of Health officials in Somalia was on Monday, August 24 sentenced up to 18 years in jail over misappropriation of COVID-19 funds.

Court documents indicated that between KSh 4,537, 684 and KSh 4,861, 804 COVID-19 money was stolen under the watch of the four officials.

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The four include the director of finance at the Ministry of Health, head of accounting, director-general and head of malaria and HIV/AIDS programme.

Following the ruling, the four were sentenced to 18, 12, 9 and 3 years in jail respectively.

Abdullahi Hashi Ali, 61, the director-general of the Ministry of Health was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay KSh 255,622 fine.

Mohamoud Bulle Mohamoud, 52, the ministry’s director of administration, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and ordered to pay KSh 255,622 fine.

On the other hand, Mahdi Abshir Mohamed, 30, the head of a health awareness project dubbed Wacyigelinta Caafimaadka was sentenced to 12 years in prison and asked to pay a fine of KSh 255, 622.

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The fourth convict, Bashir Abdi Nur, 34, who heads the ministry’s malaria and HIV/AIDS department, was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay KSh 127,811 fine.

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