Somaliland: Privateers Retake Control of Printing Public Documents

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Somaliland state printing agency Hargeisa

Somalilandsun- The printing of a number of documents issued by government to the public is now being done by private contractors
Though yet to be confirmed Geeska Afrika sources indicate that the printing of road license, vehicle log books, Drivers licenses etc for the 2019 is being undertaken by private companies and individuals who were initially granted the contracts by administration of former President Silanyo.
This move goes contrary to a directive by the ministry of finance which had in October last year transferred availability of the above license to the state printing agency.
During issuance of the directive the ministry of finance had termed the move as one geared towards ensuring state secrets are not in the preserve of individuals.
The Geeska Afrika sources further reveal that those privateers now in the state documents printing business are the same that had been awarded the same by former President Silanyo and thrown out by President Behi last October
Since the government has all the tools necessary for production of these documents within the state printing agency it is not clear why the October decision much acclaimed by the public has been reversed.
Attempts to confirm from the finance minister Dr Saad Ali Shire were unfruitful by the time of going to press.

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