Somalia’s biggest telco in ‘forced’ alliance with Shabaab, study says

Members of Al-Shabaab at an undisclosed location in Somalia. Hormuud Telecom is not the only Somali entity criticised for kowtowing to Al-Shabaab. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • A new report lays blame on a symbiotic relationship between Hormuud Telecom and al-Shabaab for the resurgence of raids in Kenya and Somalia.
  • Hormuud spokesman Abdulahi Mohamud dismissed the report, saying the company has been the link channel for Somalia’s resilience in the face of insecurity.
  • Other companies forced into extortion include Som Tel, Golis Telecom Puntland, Telecom Somaliland, Dahabshiil, Salaam Somali Bank, Taaj Express, Iftin Express, al-Buruj Construction Company and Becco Power.

Somalia’s largest telecom has been “forced” into an unholy alliance with Al-Shabaab, and this is paradoxically enabling the firm to grow.

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