Political Analysis

Yemeni Army and Security Fingerprint Procedures Begin

National Yemen

military majors inspecting the situation in Sana’a

By NY Staff

The Yemeni army suffers from double  employment  records that overtake  150 billion riyals. The fund goes to the balances of top VIP individuals in the army so that their names are not specified, although they are known by higher authorities.

Sources in the presidency office revealed that there are more than 100 thousand fake soldiers in the Republican Guard, the Special Forces, the First Armored Division, and the remainder of military units.

Field working teams belonging to the Ministry of Civil Service and Insurance have begun field work in Ibb, Dhamar, Hodeida and al-Baydha provinces. Their work relies on taking fingerprints and personal photos of employees in the defense and interior sectors in the military and security units.

According to the Information Center General Director at the Ministry of Civil Service, Saad Hezam, six teams with mobile stations began work in four provinces in addition to central committees in the Ministries of Defense and the Interior.

Hezam pointed out that technical procedures are underway in the rest of the provinces as well. “They finished taking fingerprints and personal photos in Socotra,” he said.

The Military institution acquires a large part of the state general budget, and the government has set aside an increase in the budget of the Ministry of Defense in 2013 by 47.3 billion riyals.

The Public Treasury is facing serious challenges as a result of the deteriorated economic situation and the government’s inability to rationalize absurd current spending and the safe mobilization of local resources.

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Hadi directed for the second time to apply the fingerprint and personal photo system in the Defense and Interior Ministries in order to clean up records in the Civil Service, the Defense, and Interior Ministries as well as various security agencies to clear them of their significant financial burden.

Dr. Riad al-Qurashi, Chairman of the Restructuring and Reorganization of the Interior Ministry Committee, disclosed that in December 2012, there were about 70 thousand unneeded employees in the Ministry of Interior and its subsidiary bodies.

“10 thousand troops in the Interior worked as escorts with social and security personalities,” al-Qurashi added. Al-Qurashi pointed that there are about 190,000 people working in the Ministry of Interior and its various branches, while policemen are estimated to be only 120,000.

Military sources revealed that a commander of a major military institution related to the Ministry of Interior received 460 million riyals per month as an excess of the delusional names funds installed in the lists of the institution.