Puntland Auditor General freezes bank accounts of ousted cabinet of ministers

The Auditor General of Puntland State of Somalia Jama Mohamed Osman has ordered all bank accounts used by the state’s ousted cabinet of minsters frozen until further notice.

An official communication by Mr. Osman to the Puntland State Bank and the privately-owned banks and local hawalas in the region, the Auditor General instructed that no transactions made on behalf of the ousted cabinet of the ministers.

The ministers are also ordered not to release any payments pending further instructions from the Auditor General’s Office.

“Referring the constitutional power and the Law Nr. 15/2000, the Auditor General of Puntland State of Somalia instructs Puntland State Bank and all privately-owned remittances to suspend withdrawals from all bank accounts related to Puntland Ministries.” the letter sent to the banks seen by Raxanreeb noted.

“This order is effective from 19th July, 2017.” the letter added.

The instructions from the state’s Auditor General comes following the decision by Puntland’s House of Representatives on Tuesday which voted to oust the cabinet of the ministers putting the region in unprecedented political chaos since the establishment of Somalia’s northeastern semi-autonomous state in 1998.

President bdiweli Ali Gaas has on Tuesday welcomed the vote of no confidence against his cabinet of the ministers and promised to form a new cabinet.

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