October 10, 2012 ·64 Comments
Many considered the country’s last election as test to prove to our commitment to democracy and nationhood, but the result was rather confusing. The country’s full democratic expectation and full independence was destroyed by the new government’ polity because the last elections in Somaliland brought Islamists to the forefront, factors including money, tribalism, deprivation, and faith made the country directionless. Somaliland government became predominantly “Islamists” in shadow; former finance minister Ambassador Awil stated “(Islamist) revolution, not election, occurred” and Security Minister, Mr. Dur Arale, confirmed his statement by declaring his government’s furtive attentions “we will host any Al-Shabab members to our soil” besides, he admitted in his interview with VOA that “that Islah is pacifist denomination…,” how did he know all the inner details? But which Islamist party is violent and aggressive and still operating in Somaliland with full knowledge and full view of the government? In his hint, Islam has two faces: ugly face of sword bearer and human face of white dove showman! Which is not true? But these are the tips of the iceberg.
The minister’s declaration came very late to prove the allegations of many terror analysts who told us who they were after the election was over, but we were in state of denial until recently. The aged president, Silanyo, lost in religion-cum politics as the political ascendency of the Islamists is obvious. The minister’s call “the terrorists walk free in Somaliland” is a cause for concern, not celebration; we had already Salvation Group with its roots lie in other countries which allied with national party to pass its agenda.
Somaliland theocracy has been in the hiding for two and half years to arm itself by arresting minor criminal as terrorists; by publicly hugging foreign female delegations to pretend democratic state. But all of sudden, Somaliland government has shown the world its ugly truth: theocracy inherited democracy as the first block, UDUB Party, to their mission was removed from competing parties list. The remaining parties except Ummada Party are simply puppets to the government.
Faysal Ali Warabi, the lucky kingpin in the UCID party who hire-sold his party to wealthy citibanker Jamal Hussein under dubious yearly contract, was appeased with bucks yet remains critic to the government very often.
Many Al-Shabab members who are from sprawling Madrasa in Somaliland refuel the conflict in Southern Somalia with full knowledge of the Kulmiye’s government, unlike, the past administration, which were closely monitoring the tens of batches of Madrasa graduate to curb the flow of Jihadists and put many behind the bars. As there is very thin line between the government and the militants, it’s hard to distinguish. Many security senior officials consider militants incarnation the prophet’s companions Sahabah. And this is quite alarming.
The chief security minister, Mr. Dur, is openly welcoming coward terrorists to Somaliland soil to re-mobilize and launch deadly attacks. But the majority of Somalilanders disagree with him, but his weird position tells how Islamist businessmen are the foundation of his government.
By Abdirahman M. Dirye
Abdirahman M Dirye is Somaliland Activist and Hargiesa Tribune Columnist.
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