Hargeysa, Somaliland, November 5, 2011 (SL Times) – The financial
situation of Somaliland traffic police is getting more and more dire.
Somaliland traffic police are some of the hardest working public
employees. They work long hours and spend a lot of time in the scorching
heat of the sun and in the cold of the night. They deal with the public
and try to enforce traffic laws and look after the citizen safety on
Somaliland’s dangerous roads
Lately, due to financial pressures, some traffic police have taken to
asking drivers for monetary donations (or what Somalis call shaxaad).
This would sometimes lead to stopping of traffic until the traffic
police is done conversing with the driver from whom he is seeking
By the time the traffic police starts regulating traffic again, a big
traffic jam had built up. The situation repeats itself many times in a
A reporter from Haatuf Newspaper has found that in addition to the above
practice, Somaliland police can quickly identify new license plates.