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Puntland Auditor General Orders Ex-Public Servants to Return Government Vehicles

Storyline:National News

GOOBJOOG NEWS | GAROWE: Puntland State’s auditor general Osman Mohamed Ali Gaas has ordered individuals in possession of government vehicles return them with immediate effect.

In what appears to be a major scandal in the state’s administration, the directive comes following an investigation by the attorney general’s office into the disappearance and misuse of administration-owned vehicles.

Gaas issued the directive and stressed that it be implemented immediately and in compliance with government regulations regarding the use of state-owned vehicles.

The directive requires all individuals not currently holding government positions but in possession of government vehicles to surrender them to the Auditor’s Office by July 16, 2024.

The investigation revealed instances where Puntland administration vehicles were located in markets and other public places within the region while others had been sold to other regions.

Gaas warned that those who will not comply with the directive will be prosecuted.  

The directive comes amidst reports that former politicians and military officers still retain control over government vehicles despite having left official positions.