Work Environment in Somalia is Between Kiss up and Kick Down

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Wednesday December 27, 2017 - 08:56:04 in Latest News
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    Work Environment in Somalia is Between Kiss up and Kick Down

    When you are working or some of your colleagues are engaged in the government sector, they tell you so many unacceptable situations in the work environment.

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Anwar Abdifatah Bashir is a freelance journalist and researcher.
When you are working or some of your colleagues are engaged in the government sector, they tell you so many unacceptable situations in the work environment.
A friend of mine recently told me "I work with one of the government institutions. One of my co-workers was nominated as the director of my department immediately after a new minister from his clan took up the ministry. After few days, a group of the staff of the ministry who are from the same clan of the new director organized a meeting and invited the director to make him feel that they are his side right or wrong from now on. After a conversation, they told him, 'do you know that you are director on behalf of our clan?' So you need to take care the rest of us."
The man [new director] laughed and said 'before this nomination I was in the same clan. Isn’t it? So what is new as long as I am in the same clan before and after?' And each one struggled to be closer to the new director and obey his/her orders without exception in order to get any chance from the ministry as there is no fairness and equal opportunities among the employees.
Due to that, there are enormous issues related to that phenomena and so many other incredible stories on the ground.
In our community, there is one thing commonly known as "Godfather" — which means, if you don’t find a member of your clan who are active and engaged in the government, it’s hard to gain a job even if you are equipped with the education the expertize needed for a job.
Meanwhile, if you deeply and profoundly observe what is going on in the work environment, when it comes to opportunities such as seminars, workshops and trainings, there is widespread injustice among the employees. For instance, if a workshop or training is going to take place, then the one who has the final say is the director general/secretary or head of department. He/she gives the opportunity to his staff based on clan or other interests or sometimes by exploitation towards the vulnerable people including the ladies.
On the other hand, the worst sector in Somalia is Media sector and some people say (MIHNADDA LA KUFSADAY). If you dare to ask those who are already in the media, they narrate to you shocking stories and examples. For me, as experienced freelancer, I rarely involve this wasted field. 
First there is no proper recruitment as most of the staff joining any media station come from private schools after concluding some short three months training course. That new so-called journalist was told  'now you deserve to be a journalist because you have good voice and you look so good if she is a lady'.
As insecurity remains the major challenge local journalists face, there are also several other obstacles. There is neither code of conduct in the media outlets nor do they respect the ethics of journalism.
Teenage girls have more appetite to this field than boys, but remain inexperienced and with poor skills. When she tries to apply for a job or even an internship position, she faces so many challenges including exploitation. 
Moreover, some of those employed don’t get paid and no contract signed. Alternatively they accept to get an access to the microphone in order to hunt the market so that they will be able to go for field report at the political events to collect what is publicly known as "SHARUUR" — a cash bribery in front of the shari’a and the law of the land as well.

By Anwar Abdifatah Bashir
Freelance Journalist and Researcher
Email: anwarcade100@gmail.com


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