After World Bank blacklisted a Kenyan firm, Somalia authorities are probing a second company

MOGADISHU (SomaliAffairs) On November 10, the World Bank Group announced the 21-month debarment of Africa Development Professional Group Ltd. (ADP), a Kenyan company that provides consultancy and advisory services on management, investments, business solutions, in connection with a fraudulent practice as part of the Somalia Capacity Injection Project.

Now the Somalia authorities have put a second Kenya-based firm called Dansom Consultancy on their watchlist for what officials termed as “conflict of interest and a fraudulent behavior’.

A senior official at the Independent Corruption Commission said they have commenced to look into the company following announcement by the World Bank about certain companies involving a fraudulent practice as part of the Somalia Capacity Injection Project, a USD40 million project by the World Bank intended to mainstream institutional capacity development of the Somali government institutions.

“We have been alerted following questions about Dansom Consultancy’s possible conflict of interest with certain government officials including those in Hirshabelle State of Somalia.  One notable case is the revelation of bribery and fake employment tenders. The Anti-Corruption Commission and other relevant authorities have the mandate to look deep into these allegations,” said the official who asked anonymity due to the ongoing investigations.

On its website, Dansom Consultancy says it offers third-party monitoring and performance evaluation and has listed the European Union, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) as its clients.

On Saturday, a parliamentary sub-committee on ethics and anti-fraud of the regional state said, they were interested in looking the case as corruption always requires a conflict of interest.

“Many of these consultancy companies do not follow the rules and to the worse they engage fraudulent behaviour to win contracts and this includes a conflict of interest. Our community especially the poor get hurt when resources are wasted. That’s why it is so important for us to look into this case with a lot of interest,” Lawmaker Mohamed Dahir said.

If found malpractice, it will be up to the Somalia’s Anti-Corruption Commission to act according to the country’s laws, the officials said.

But for the Africa Development Professional Group case, the World Bank made it ineligible to participate in projects and operations financed by institutions of the World Bank Group.

“It is part of a settlement agreement under which the company acknowledges responsibility for the underlying sanctionable practices and agrees to meet specified corporate compliance conditions as a condition for release from debarment,” noted a statement released by the bank on November 10.