July 7, 2012 ·13 Comments
ERIGAVO — A large delegation led by the former civil aviation minister Ali Mohamed “Waran’Adde” and the Parliament speaker Abdirahman Irro have arrived in the outskirts of Erigavo in Sanaag region on Saturday.
The two officials are part of a more than 250 officials gathering in a tent in the steps of Daallo Mountains where tribal elders are set to debate on long-term development projects.
The summit is organized by members of the Habar Yonis clan who are part of the larger Isaaq tribe. They stressed that the gathering is development, peace promoting and non-political. They insisted they will discuss the scope of future relations with the neighbouring tribes and improve cooperation among themselves.
The delegations said to be over 250 have came from all over the region including neighbouring Ethiopia and around the world. They will deliberate on how they will under take a number of infrastructure projects including the development of a port in Maid, also in Sanaag region.
A topic that will likely warrant the most discussion at the gather will be on the matter of responsibility, mainly that of the tribal chiefs or Sultans. Another topic will be establishing a plan to serve as a framework for coordinating project activities in their respective areas.
The delegation lead by Mr. Irro and Ali Waran Adde received tumultuous welcome from the organizers, other delegates and the residents of Erigavo who escorted them in a convey of more than 400 cars.
Both officials called for unity and advised the elders to examine ways of strengthening the Habar Yonis clan and the country as whole while addressing the summit.
They both urged them to take bigger role in the country and help make changes whether be political or development. Mr Waran Adde emphasized them to back only one Presidential candidate and not to distribute their numbers across three parties, come next elections.
The meeting is expected to go on for several weeks until they reach agreements on various issues that still require further elaboration and coordinated and concerted action.
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