An open letter to Somaliland President-elect: congratulations and stay away from Somalia
The Somaliland second presidential election was political milestone for the people, who voted for change at this time. Somaliland’s National Election Commission (NEC) proved professionalism and dedication to job, and rescued the country from possible political disagreement. The people of Somaliland showed the world that Somaliland is not “One Man’s Country” and that any leader can be changed through voting, and that fighting and violence don’t have place in Somaliland.
The people showed political maturity from Sool to Salal despite
the young democracy. However, we should remember that Somaliland’s democracy and election process is still fragile to any.
Mr. President-elect, the cabinet members should selected based on experience, skills, knowledge and competency. The minister that you delegate to reform the country’s economy should be capable of doing so, and the ministers should not be appointed to satisfy tribe or a
group. Somaliland interest is above all.
I understand that people of Somaliland are expecting a lot from you, although not miracle but a proper management that can correct the mistakes of outgoing administration led by President
Dahir Riyale Kahin.
Mr. President-elect, Somaliland is at war with terrorists in the eastern parts;The Al-Qeada linked Al-Shabab group are actively operating across the eastern regions through tribal militia located in Buhoodle. Al-Shabab and their tribal militia friends carry out training and recruiting to downgrade and disturb the growing democracy in Somaliland; So, your main mission in the east is to reconcile with tribes and ensure that Al-Shabab and other terrorist groups don’t establish safe haven in the area. Mr. President-elect, you should be grateful to the former president Riyale of creating one of the most powerful military forces in the region after Ethiopia that can assist you in eliminating the stubborn terrorist groups in Buhoodle region.
Having good relations with neighboring countries mainly Ethiopia is very important and crucial for Somaliland, while maintaining acceptable relation with Djibouti is important too. Somaliland knows that Djibouti‘s Anti-Somaliland policy supports the failed theory Somali Unity. President Geeleh of Djibouti expressed his Anti-Somaliland policies many times and even campaigned against it in the Arab World. We understand the fears of Djibouti from emerging Somaliland;because its extra benefits over Djibouti in many areas including economy, population and Somaliland’s strategic location in the region. Somaliland will be competitive to Djibouti.
However, Somaliland should always be good to all except the stubborn terrorist and who ever tries to downgrade it including Djibouti’s Geele.
The multiparty system in Somaliland has grown enough to eliminate the tribalism, however, opening the door to new parties may lead to tribe-based parties, which will corrupt the current healthy democracy in Somaliland.
I believe you have good background on Somaliland Parties
in 1950′s where the parties were based on tribes, and normal citizen use to vote for the party of his tribe. We don’t want that to happen again in Somaliland. So, the three political party system in the country proved to be working well, but we don’t knows whether opening the doors to more parties will benefit the country.
Somaliland is small country with only 3.5 million people, and cannot have more than three parties, else it will form political and financial burden on the country. So, my advice is to ensure that country don’t get more parties. If it is very necessary for you to meet your promises to Qaran Party Leaders then make sure it don’t exceed one extra party.
The people of Somaliland will be wrong to expect miracle and making Somaliland the USA of Africa in 5 years term. However you should please them by keeping the country progressed and secure from the emerging enemies from Somalia, and terrorists stationed in it.
Mr. President-elect, you are veteran politician that have solid experience in the local, regional and international politics but always telling the right benefits the listeners. Today, Somalia is going through one of it’s difficult times where violence is every day event in the streets of Mogadishu. As we have seen on the world media that shaky leadership of Somalia Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed is leading the fighting in Mogadishu, which is his last attempt to convince the
world that he is trying hard to eradicate terrorism, in order to re-win the world’s trust.
However Somaliland’s neighboring region of “Puntland” is in chaos where piracy, human trafficking and killing are common, in addition to tribal divisions within its administration, the ongoing battle in Karkar (Urjire & Duud-hooyo) is an example which already displaced hundreds.
Somalia is suffering from one of the most dangerous disease that can easily spread into Somaliland, so you need to tighten borders with Somalia and stop the violence from reaching Somaliland.
Mr. President-elect, the objectives of your administration should focus on important areas like:-
- Empowering and increasing the security forces in East,
- No more political parties,
- Improving Education system,
- Better health facilities, and
- the long waited dream of the people of Somaliland – Diplomatic Recognition.
Mr. President-elect, nepotism and tribalism could be costly to Somaliland, because Kulmiye won the trust of all people but you should know that tribalism destroys nation and don’t build.
Sool and Eastern Sanaag:
The people of these regions are expecting a lot from your administration, particularly the benefits they could not get from Riyale’s administration. They need the restoration of the basic social services. However, Mr. President-elect, You should know that people of Somaliland are equally in need of many services, so keeping equality and justice between the regions of Somaliland is crucial for your administration. We should confess that Riyale’s administration done remarkable job in Sool after chasing the militia loyal to “Puntland”.
The people of these regions need liberation from the terrorist and other illegitimate administrations like “Puntland” and end to the flourishing piracy in the region. The people of Sool and eastern Sanaag need proper education and clean drinking water, but at the same time, they don’t have right to win the entire attention and resource of your administration. Kulmiye administration should not start again from scratches, instead to continue on the foundation built by the earlier administrations.
I understand the difficult job waiting you at Somaliland’s Presidential house, alongside cunning politicians and tribe leaders who are all asking for benefits and positions in the government.
I understand that many tribe leaders in Somaliland did not realize that Somaliland democracy passed tribalism era. In addition to many who supported your campaign and they all waiting payback from you including businessmen. Moreover, there is large Somaliland Diaspora who organized fundraising for your campaign and they are expecting a lot from you. All in all, Mr. President-elect, You should not overlook the interest of Somaliland to satisfy these cunning
Finally, congratulation to you, NEC, President Dahir Riyale and to the people of Somaliland for the peaceful election and mature democracy that they built together.
By Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi | OPINIONS | Sunday, 4 July 2010
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