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  • Title: [SW News] (The Republican) Political Marriage of Ina Boy/Ina Galaydh
  • Posted by/on:[AMJ][Friday, Sept. 8, 2000]

 

Why the Political Marriage between Ina Salad Boy and Ina Khalif Galaydh?

 

The Republican is a weekly English language publication based in Hargeisa,Somaliland.

Issue 127, Sept.2, 2000

By our staff reporter 

Abdiqassim Salad alias Ina Salad Boy, the man who was hand-picked by Djibouti's Ismail Omer Gelleh to be installed as President for the now defunct state of Somalia and Ali Khalif Galaydh, Boy's choice to become Prime Minister, worked together during the seventies and eighties in the Somali Ministry of Industries, embezzling millions of dollars in foreign aid. Salad Boy was his minister. The sugar factory project was established with funds from oil rich Arab governments including Kuwait and the UAE. Equipment for the factory were purchased from a company called Copper Agriculture. It turned out later that Abdiqassim Salad Boy and Ali Khalif Galaydh had swindled the sugar factory project of over USD 25 million. 

The equipment and all the other installations erected at Mareeray happened to be second hand. Despite showing an initial displeasure with the way that a substantial amount of the project funds was used, the Arab funding agencies however continued releasing more money to get the factory operational at any cost before the end of 1977. 

This schedule was however never met and more millions ended up in the pockets of Ina Salad Boy and Ali Khalif Galaydh. The president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sheikh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahyan got so disappointed that he ordered a freeze on UAE donated funds. The action prompted dictator Barre to fly to Abu Dhabi to beg Zayed for releasing the remaining allocated money. The flow of earmarked funds resumed to the delight of Salad and Galaydh who both, according to former sugar industry hands, netted at least 25 million dollars for themselves from the project funds. The sugar factory was partially inaugurated in 1980.

 In the early eighties, Ali Khalif Galaydh, who married a Marehan lady by the name of Habiba Isaaq in order to receive the blessings of the Marehan born dictator Barre, became Somalia's new Minister of Industry. It had been widely reported at the time that Galaydh who is from Somaliland's region of Sool made at least 80 (eighty) million dollars in kick backs and direct embezzlement of public funds. In 1983 he claimed of having defected the regime of Siyad Barre and went to the United States to seek asylum. Ever since Galaydh used to live in the US. Since the down fall of Barre, Ali Khalif had been using his handsome cash deposits in the US, the UAE and Djibouti to finance a political come back. As a facade, Galaydh had established during the last few years business ventures in Somaliland, Somalia and Djibouti. 

Salad Boy served dictator Siyad during much of his 21 years reign in the former Somalia. Because his father was killed by a Marehan tribesman, Barre compensated him with a cabinet position for life. It was normal to see during those days Ina Salad Boy renamed to a ministerial post in every cabinet shake-up. In the process, Salad accumulated a huge financial wealth estimated at over 100 (one hundred) million dollars, according to former officials of the Siyad Barre government. As Siyad Barre's last Minister of Interior, Salad was noted for his advocacy of the obliteration of the Isaak population of Somaliland. Over 100,000 (one hundred thousand) civilians perished in Somaliland as a result of Siyad Barre's genocide campaign against people in the north. Both Ina Salad Boy and Ali Khalif are friends of Abdirahman Boore, a Djibouti business tycoon with connections with the Corsican and Italian Mafia. It was Boore who had introduced Galaydh and Salad to Ismail Omer Gelleh several years before the Arta conference has been contemplated. 


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