June 30, 2012 ·4 Comments
It is with utmost shock that we see inflammatory rhetoric expressed by a local traditional leader whose motive, in retro-respect, may arguably be said to be tailored to cause serious breach of peace by fueling tribal animosities yet not even one soul dare caste the aspersions aside!
Fellow traditional leaders, local politicians, esteemed personalities or even the local commoners have NOT yet ‘righten’ the wrong by publicly being civil about it as moral obligations would requires
If we may assume that the utterances of Sultan Hussein may initially have been a spur-of-the-moment blunder hence let the issue be, the repeated instances of the same mistake surely holds more than meets the eyes.
Is it that after first instant failed to provoke any outcry from the maligned person(s) then repeated provocations had to be made to achieve results?
To make the matters worse, the failure of responsible persons to water down the Sultan’s animosity-fuelling words complicates the issue further.
Traditional experience has it that gaffs that malign communities or their heads are expressly, swiftly and decisively managed immediately, in fact within hours only, after such public mistakes are made.
The blanket mum covering the issue is a dangerous precedence taking place or is there something more than meets the eyes?
On the other hand, we are happy that counter-public rhetoric ire has not been witnessed so far, which at least is a respite to sigh in relief.
We however caution that not only traditional leaders, but all people of all categories, not be allowed to create havoc in impunity. That kind is not the Somaliland we have rebuilt nor the Somaliland we want.
If those perceived to wield some edge in pockets of society become the biggest culprits who are enemies of peace, stability and integrity, then it would be a dangerous trend fomented.
One can not help wonder what crime Sultan Hersi Qani made by helping broker the release of the Da’awaley pastoralists. Or is it that his attacker begrudge the fact that the pastoralists were indeed released?
More over the same Sultan who talked of being an Ethiopian or the rightful representative of the released convicts have just entered the Hargeisa political fray calling for tribal elections!
We know, acknowledge and respect the colonial reserved trust-lands and their common-border integrated pastoral habitation such as the Shangila, Pokot, Turkana, Boran, Dodoth and the Merilles across the Kenya, Uganda, Southern Sudan and Ethiopian borders; just as the Masai and Kuria along Kenya-Tanzania borders or better still, the lands and countries Somalis spaning all over, Djibouti, SL, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Leaders worth their dime should look before they leap. We want a peaceful and stable Somaliland.
By M .EGGE
By goth Mohamed