Dalsan Radio (Mogadishu)

Somalia: Forget Unnecessary Travels, PM Tells Cabinet.

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said his government will confiscate the passports of members' of cabinet leaving in Diaspora so that they concentrate on the internal operations of the government.

Mr. Abdiweli was speaking during a meeting in the presidential palace in Mogadishu attended by several high ranking government officials including the cabinet and among others.

He said members of his cabinet possessing foreign passports will be taken away so as to restrict them of unnecessary foreign travels unless it is official.

"It is very good idea I learnt when I was working in Arab countries, this will make the government operations more efficient." he said

Lots of Somali government officials own foreign passports particularly members of the parliament and cabinet ministers.

This move by the new PM Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed is expected to reduce huge budget used by cabinet on unofficial travels an issue that was very common in previous governments.

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