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Djibouti’s labor market ethnic cleansing by Somalilander

With La Lorraine Security, tribal favoritism kicks in which is already in full swing;

The individuals, employees of the subcontractors of Camp Lemonier, their families and concerned citizens of this nation, that have endorsed this open letter have done so because they are deeply concerned about rapidly deteriorating moral situation of the employees, this could endanger the security of our nations and foreign nationals.

As we all know there is a cultural sensitivity about keeping the tribal balance, in which the American military keeps the record, the Camp Lemonier employees staged a strike specifically about this issue when subcontractors change hands the employees don’t feel secure, for instance there are new subcontractors like La Lorraine security that specifically come up with a tricky contact for their employees when they took over with the following clauses;

1- all the employees are considered as new employees with the probationary period, in this case it is managed upside down who should be in the probationary period the new subcontractor or the employees that have been working in the camp for many years ?

2– Compulsory transfer to another site, which means systematic eliminations from the better paying job of the Camp Lemonier, Obviously the employees of such condition have valid reason to be nervous when they are working under this condition, thus they don’t have an ability to concentrate their work. Tribal favoritism kicks in which is already in full swing.

So far the employees that get fired and those who have replaced them is proof of tribalism in its worst form. All subcontractors including La Lorraine are always in rush to fire as many employees that they can get away before the three-month dead line according to their contract. There is no save guard mechanism or procedure that protects employee from the subcontractors. The subcontractors don’t last long but the employees are here for good. If the balance of the work force is altered dramatically, it could create animosity toward the authorities of various levels. Now while Djiboutian are eliminating each other the PAE defense contractors recruiting more Filipinos and other foreign national thus the US not segregating them the selves from the majority of native population but also creating tension between various ethnic communities and eventually between themselves and wider society of Djibouti If the trend continues this way

Lately the whole affair took a strange twist the Official Government Mediator known as a Beer Dilaac’shee and Mr. Omer Dankali (son of the president Liban is actual owner) the owner of an employment agency held a side meeting with all former employees of the La Lorraine security, the meeting took place in People’s Palace, after listing the complaint of poor employees both Omar Dankale and the Official Government Mediator told them that they will address the issue to the highest office of land to the president himself, it was instructed that the meeting should remain confidential and they will hear from the mediator soon the outcome, that was couple of months ago. Not only the promise was broken but also Omar Dankale himself placed a tender for the same contract to replace the ill-faded La Lorraine, shame on him if he wins that US military contract and not putting the all former employees back to work before the PAE replace to Filipino side contractors as the PAE US defense contractors normally do.

The basic right of La Lorraine former employees and their families are violated, they exhausted every legal avenue available to them, from the minister of Labor, arbitration board and finally the never-ending ongoing court case, It seems the contract of La Lorraine Security is up for renewal and they may not be able to pay them once they lost that US military contract in near future, the court may delay deliberately this case so that if the same court rules in favor of poor former employees of La Lorraine Security it will be too little too late, the court itself won’t be able to recoup any money simply they can declare bankruptcy and get away with it.

The core or the source of these problems, are the ways that contracts are awarded, without any consideration to the employees once the change hand occurs from various subcontractors, without checking properly their background, whether they have moral responsibility or have another motive than managing their employees professionally. The employees of the Camp Lemonier already staged a strike about this situation late last year and if the matter is not given a considerable attention that it deserves, it could spark tribal war that could get out of control, it could also easily endanger the stability of the country thus responsibility lay squarely on the respective authorities, this might become a self-fulfilling prophecy of US foreign policy Shame on YOU if the slaughter goes on unchecked, and follows the onslaught of Djib SAT staff, Port Security employees, RTD, and many more that were already ghettoized.

The latest development about La Lorrain Security is that they are going to lose the contract in the US military camp so they started to let go as many employees as they can, their strategy is if I lose many of you will lose with me, simply La Lorrain security knows that there is no  save guard built-in their subcontrat with PAE  for poor employees, specific report tell us that there is a hand-fighting broke out off the camp Lemonier the US military camp in Djibouti, evolving Ali the sight Manager and one more native Djiboutian  employee let go we hope that will be the last carnage of La Lorrain

About labo22

Hi, this is Labaale your average concerned citizen of Horn of Africa, we’re really worried about the stability of this war torn region, we have the worst dictators from around the world, ironically supported by the Western Countries supposedly the advocators of democracy, transparency, good governance and human Right, If regime change is really needed this is the place to start, we have no short of rootless dictators from MELES Zenawi of Ethiopia,ISMAIL Guelleh of Djibouti,RAYAALE Kahin of self-declared Somaliland and ISAIAS Afwerk of Eritrea.


3 thoughts on “Djibouti’s labor market ethnic cleansing by Somalilander

  1. The court case of La lorrain employees has been conducted in a bazar manner , although it was started as class-action lawsuit.,it’s slowly and deliberately divided-up into small groups and individual cases , this perhaps to avoid publicity on the case before the court-of-law, and surprisingly at the same time the plaintiff lawyer show no contest at the all cases brought in front of the court, thus it was ruled in favour of the poor employees, just a simple verdict only without proper compensation isn’t enough isn’t it? its slap on the face of the victim and their families, this a sign of utter failure of the same institution that suppose to defend the poor and powerless native Djiboutian, If the government of day don’t enforce it own decisions as it’s should and the plaintiff are forced to take up the matter into their own hands, the responsibility lies squarely on the shoulder of IOG since making is centralized also the US has to share blame for incitement and the tension between various communities by not properly enforcing the law of the host nation regardless of the host nation failure to up hold the law.

    Posted by Labaale | January 24, 2010, 5:05 pm
  2. Again La Lorrain saga took another strange twist, Mr. Borreh’s looted asset exactly one year ago,it haven’t been agreed upon who gets what.The mafia Mahamed Djama and Hassan Madoobe were in charge of the mission of dismantling and redistribution the of Borreh group of companies, apparently the share that was given to the Brother of Mr Delieta the prime minister was not delivered accordingly and Ali Marykan kept the vehicle in question and somehow managed to hide in Comp Lamonier from the authority initially untill the dust settled, he also somehow managed to falsify the registration or ownership in the vehicle white Toyota Landcruiser Yesterday the Feb. 9th Ali-Maraykan was arrested for the alleged crime that he falsified illegally official documents and kept what was Mr. Borreh’s properties, This is a classical leadership in absentia isn’t it?

    Meanwhile, the owners of La Lorrain Salaiman and Houssien are suing each other the, court case is going on. The poor employees of La Lorrain remains in dilamma , they haven’t been paid this month over the payroll account management.that is related to the dispute. On the other hand the employees of La lorrain that Ali,his brother and their associate Saleban were illegally fired court case going on, some of employee already won the case, but question remains who is going to compensate the poor employees, the court doesn’t have means to enforce its ruling when it comes minorities that are unfortunately above the law.

    The whole affair could have averted if the US military respect whatever little law that exists, unfortunately the US exacerbated the situation by illegally awarding contracts to the companies like La Lorraine which however don’t have security agreement from Waraabe Karaaye the poppet Interior Minister, this mess in part created and responsible by the US , I think they have a moral duty and obligation to follow-up the case, firing the crooked Ali from the US camp is not enough and the problem is going to go way just like that, if the prime minster’s brother used his influence to get Ali arrested and claim his shape of looted asset. who is going to help sorted out the former poor employees of La Lorrain its more than a year now they haven’t received a dime but they to pay the court procedural coast from their own pocket, If Ali could falsify Official documents of the government, hecould be capable of breaking into his employees drawers in the camp Lemonier and steel personal documents why the US is not doing anything about the case reported twice to the concerned authority personally by the victim, even as I reported earlier on other posting, the victim reporter the crime that had happened in camp to the Djiboutian authority off the camp but the case failed to make it to the court some how the government’s top official didn’t want the case to proceed the case.

    Posted by labo22 | February 12, 2010, 6:56 pm
  3. Its about 120 employees of La Lorraine Security currently in the US camp Lemonier, they have been paid on the 10th instead 1st of Feb,2010. 10 days without pay and coming to work not knowing whether you’re going to get paid or not, Its going to effect the moral of the employees thus however puts the security of the US camp at risk, I wonder how the US authority keep their eyes close from such irresponsible behaviour of La Lorraine when their security is at risk. One would ask why the US authority have tolerating too many reckless errors of La Lorraine Security subcontractors?.

    Posted by labo22 | February 12, 2010, 6:57 pm

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