Road rage: Al-Shabaab taxes truckers $150 to $600 a monthMay 5, 2014
Extortion by the Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab against local corporations and merchants is commonplace. That is part of the reason why it is so important that Western banks stick to their guns when they have moved to sever ties with Somali remittance companies. It has become increasingly apparent that it is nearly impossible to do business in Somalia without enriching al-Shabaab. The entire country needs to be completely fumigated by Kenyan and AMISOM forces. Only after the al-Shabaab infestation has been exterminated can their business sector be rebuilt and foreign investment resume.
Thanks to El Grillo for sending in this from Horseed Media on Apr. 22
Somalia: Al Shabab increased tax on local Business
The group has already enforced the new tax in Galgaduud region (central of Somalia), residents say.
“…The local bus and lorry drivers have to pay $150 Us dollars a month, while the other drivers from other regions will pay $600 us dollars…” says one of the local residents who asked not to be named for security reasons. He added “… the local livestock traders are also forced to pay the tax…”
Al-Shabab has been driven out of major towns by a UN-mandated African Union force, but the group still controls many of the rural areas in south-central Somalia and regularly launch attacks that include bombs and guerrilla-style raids.