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Somaliland: The Rape of Berbera, DP World or DP what ?

Berbera port workers chant We want to live we want to eat. We cannot live with meager salary as they burn DP world flags Berbera port workers chant We want to live we want to eat. We cannot live with meager salary as they burn DP world flags

Somalilandsun-The recent events in Berbera regarding DP world and the privatization scheme of the Port of Berbera has revealed new twists and turns to an already murky deal. DP world has taken over at the beginning of March without any fanfare and without the presence of any senior Somaliland government official in sight. The bunch of representatives from various nationalities, including Thailand(1), India(2),Egypt(1), UAE(2) and a few from African Countries, took charge without any hitches or hurdles- having familiarized themselves unimpeded with the whole network of operations and having taken possession of the books (fully) in the last two or three months. The recently appointed Port Manager, Ahmed Yusuf, was but too anxious to accommodate the DP world eager demands for want of winning favors with them, jeopardizing national and local community interests.

The takeover does not follow the procedure for a takeover process: no formal intro of workers to their new employees, no formal documentation of property - fixed and non-fixed assets-  with the latter being offered as a gift, a pauper offering meagre belongings to filthy rich Arab oil tycoons. Those pick-up trucks and land-cruisers could have better served our ill-equipped police force and security personnel serving the community whose vehicles and equipment are in tatters.

The privatization of the Port of Berbera, whose new owners remain wrapped in secrecy, has also exposed yet another mysterious scenario: inquiries about what happened to the proposed new company that was to be constituted jointly by the Berbera Port Authority and DP World? That formation, mentioned in the half-baked draft sheets, with some articles conveniently removed, presented to Parliament last year, itself is not being applied. Expectations that it would call itself the Berbera Port Management is no where to be seen. DP World and its staff are thrust as being singly in charge.

The labor unrest yesterday was a demonstration of lack of public relations and failed communication. Ahmed, the supposed Port Manager was hiding in his place of residence when the turmoil began and never appeared till dusk.. Local personnel payments are extremely low and benefits and other amenities including health benefits are absent. Pay and other benefits for workers should be made at par with similar ports at the Red Sea, now that Berbera Port is privatized. The workers insist repeatedly in their demands that they sacrificed for the sake of the nation in the past but that the gains of the private owner has to account for the needs of its work force in good wages and benefits.

One Government Official, an assistant minister, retorted that 'Farmajo' was behind the unrest.  What an insult ! He should be ashamed of himself.

Ali Ege

Berbera, march 15, 2017


0 #2 Salabaan Hassan 2017-03-17 11:29
Hey Abdi Ahmed from Hiiraan online you are adal warrior this your friend Sal, Has first time Somaliland sun user and that I agree with you and you are 100 percent correct that arabs are not Somali friends and they are users and that they committed genocide against Somaliland in the 80's and they are taking part of the destruction of Somalia by creating alshabab and by brining isis into Somali territority. Arabs are not good people to deal with business and that the Somaliland administration is full of greedy politicians who are willing to sell Somaliland to the biggest enemies arabs and that they all have passports and they want Somaliland to go war so that they can escape with the millions of dollars they took from Arabs. That's disgraceful to say that the president of Somalia is responsible for un rest in Berbera give me a break.
0 #1 Adal Warrior 2017-03-15 19:44
Berbera port should've be given to Russia, American, China powerful countries who will also develop the port and improves the lives of the people.

Mogadishu port is under Turkish, but Turkish takes 40% and also they pay 2 million to government on monthly basis and build roads, new Parliament House etc.

Arabs will never help you but use, so it was wrong to give Berbera to these arabs but still it's not late to take back Berbera.

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