Somalia: PDRC’s Acting Director grasping at straws as confusion widens


GAROWE, Somalia Nov 1, 2014 (Garowe Online)-The Acting Director of Puntland Development Research Center (PDRC) Ali Farah Farmayeri has been accused of defiance as confusion looms over vacant position according to well-informed sources, Garowe Online reports. 

The caretaker head is said to have rebuffed to abide by a joint screening process being carried out by PDRC Board, Interpeace representatives,  Ministry of Labour, Youth and Sports and Puntland Non-State Actors Association on October 27. 

One source said on condition of anonymity that- former Puntland Health Minister Dr. Ali AbdullahiWarsame, UNDP official Musse Du’alle and Dahir Mire Jibril, who served as Chief of Staff under former President, late Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed’s incumbency-emerged as three shortlisted candidates for PDRC Executive-Director vacancy. 

“Dr. Warsame, former Health Minister was at the time held up as the possible successor of Abdirahman Abdulle Shuke,” disclosed the source, adding that Shuke relinquished his post for moderate illness. 

However, Acting Director and the Deputy Head of PDRC didn’t heed the announcement for fear of sacking if Dr. Warsame replaces Shuke. 

Puntland Government efforts to put an end to the bold challenge by caretaker director of public-policy research center yielded no major breakthrough as of now.

Puntland Development Research Center (PDRC) was established in 2000. Ever Since, it has conducted engagements, public opinion polls and launched groundbreaking researches into the state’s peace building maneuvers. 


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