Somalia's Discriminatory Rule: Job Applicants to Declare Their Clan Affiliation

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    Somalia's Discriminatory Rule: Job Applicants to Declare Their Clan Affiliation

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali job applicants are required to declare their clan affiliations and even sub-clans when applying to job opportunities at the country's Ministry of Ministry of Women and Human Rights, according to a

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Combined: Minister of Women and Human Rights (left) and the new job application form.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali job applicants are required to declare their clan affiliations and even sub-clans when applying to job opportunities at the country's Ministry of Ministry of Women and Human Rights, according to a new job application form set by the ministry.
The announcement immediately sparked nationwide outrage with some criticizing how the only minister entitled to defend social justice now turning into a discriminatory and ethnic division enforcement.
The declaration of the job seekers’ clan identity by the ministry of Women and Human Rights as a priority, become public after posting an advertisement for vacant positions from the new Somali Independent Human Rights Commission on the ministry’s website.
"I am worried that I will not get that job, not that I am not fit to but because my clan is unwanted there, even if I am fit to the job.” Hassan Mohamed, a resident in Mogadishu said.
"This seems a new tool to discriminate the job seekers, which means we will only get jobs if my clan fits it not my knowledge.”
According to a senior officer at the ministry, job applicants are required to download the form from the ministry's website and fill it in before they can apply to the various positions at the commission.
"Failing to declare your clan and sub-clan, your application will be invalid." said this official who asked anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.
'Criminal regression'
people were quick to react through the social media questioning to the extent that a citizen of Somalia needed to declare clan & sub-clan affiliation in order to receive service from the government and called the act, "criminal regression”
"Even if this was data collection for equality monitoring, it is the worst time to be doing this and it's done incompetently without opt outs” Ahmed Elmi wrote on his Twitter.

"I can't believe that the diaspora minister [of Women and Human Rights] came up with this ridiculous issue. I am totally shocked." Said a university graduate Fatuma Hassan in Mogadishu.
'Clan mentality'
Many pointed out that the move is a new policy under the current Minister Mrs. Deeqo Yassin, who herself was hired to the position based on the widely criticized Somalia's discriminatory power sharing formula of 4.5 (meaning four major clans having bigger representation than others) when sharing government positions and resources.
"Like the father like the son. the Prime Minister hired this minister due to her clan influence. Now she is playing the same card." Nur Togoh, a professor of political economy in Mogadishu said.
Somalia has been in anarchy for the past two decades after the collapse of the central government in 1992 and followed by deadly conflict, but in the past five years the country has seen grow of returning diaspora with the weak government in Mogadishu taking back of the control capital city from Al-Shabaab militant group.
Despite the fact that clan identity has been a big issue when it comes to employment and political representation, many locals (who call themselves as Qorrax-joog) seemed to have abandoned the notion of tribalism for judging others alleging diaspora members re-establishing clan feud and division within the fragile society and to the disappointment of the educated generation who at least survived from the clan-ism mentality.
"Despite coming to power based on rhetoric of clan [tribalism] and corruption, this administration has perpetrated both ills to new heights." A Mogadishu-based Somali-American Adan Omar wrote.

"A government would mean an inclusive system for all but this government is on the opposite; They are now teaching young generations how clans ranks matter." professor Togoh added.

By Abdalle Ahmed
Somali Update Online

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