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13 May, 2013
Somalia Prez’s luxury trip at your expense £50k for London jaunt
Somalia Prez's luxury trip at your expense £50k for London jaunt
Trip ... Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (second left)
By CRAIG WOODHOUSE Political Correspondent
Published: 12th May 2013
HARD-UP taxpayers are footing the bill for an African leader's five-star London trip, we can reveal.
Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud enjoyed business-class flights, a chauffeur-driven car and rooms at the posh Dorchester hotel — at UK expense.
Five of his ministers and 14 flunkeys were flown to Britain and put up to attend a conference which saw millions more in aid handed to the war-torn country.
Luxury ... PM David Cameron, left, with Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
PM David Cameron joined other nations to back a £50million pot for Somalia at the gathering in Lancaster House last week.
Britain already provides £80million a year in aid. President Mohamud, 57, and his entourage had four nights at the Dorchester — where rooms start at £318 a night and the most expensive suite at £9,318 a night.
If the delegation stayed in the cheapest rooms, the hotel bill would have hit £25,440. Air fares are another £24,158. And a chauffeur-driven limo costs £400 a day — making the estimated bill at least £50,798. The Taxpayers' Alliance said: "It's ridiculous."
The Foreign Office refused to reveal the cost but said the conference was "vital".