In an effort to raise money for the current military campaign against al Shabab, Somalia’s prime minister has directed the country’s finance ministry to enact 20% pay cuts for cabinet members on Monday.
The federal government will apply the cuts for three months, and other government employees would also see a 5% pay drop, according to Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre.
The money would be kept in a separate account by the finance ministry, according to a statement from the PM’s office.
A high-level security meeting was held earlier this week in the Mahas area of the Hiiraan region to discuss the ongoing onslaught against al Shabab.
To discuss security cooperation against al-Shabaab, President Mohamud invited the heads of Somalia’s Federal Member States to an NCC meeting in Mogadishu on Friday.
The government and neighbourhood militias have successfully repelled Al Shabab in Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle. Over 50 communities in central Somalia were freed during the operations, and more than a thousand insurgents were killed.