September 24, 2012 ·0 Comments
President Mohamoud’s Immediate Priorities and Challenges
The children whose parents lost their lives as a result of the heavy bombardments of the pre conflict
Government still suffer from psychological shocks resulting from the quasi-genocide slaughter
Committed against the people and socioeconomic infrastructure of Somaliland.
The aging singles mothers whose husbands and have been tortured to death still cry for the sudden loss
Of their loved ones. Given the significance and deepness of the negative perception the sweeping
majority of the Somaliland populations have developed towards the post-independence unity
Government in general and the south in particular make them rebuff any attempt to reinvent the lost
opportunity of 1960.
The territorial claim of the regional state in Puntland and impractical annexation of the Sool and
Sanaag regions both of which are situated within the pre unification territory of Somaliland (and
persistence to block talks without their involvements) due to ethnic grounds have in the meantime
complicated the situation.
Sources close to close to Ali Mahdi Mahdi Mohamed revealed that his close advisors pressed him hard
to chart small plane, land on the Berbera Airport ( instead of Hargeisa) ahead of the Burao
Conference which resulted the unilateral declaration of ending the unity with the south and formation
of sovereign state within the territory of the former British Somaliland. Unfortunately, Ali Mahdi soutgh
advice from business partners who apparently oppose such approach, and, as a result dropped plans to
Though had no opportunity to put them on practice, Gen Aideed had clear vision with regard to
best means and ways of approaching Somaliland and reported to had never lost hope until he was
assassinated in 1996.
The warlords who controlled Mogadishu in the aftermath of loss of Gen Aideed were seemingly
delighted to fight each other over minor issues with no brain to think beyond their individual caches.
Despite external and internal pressures, Sharif Ahmed overwhelmingly threats from opposing
elements and started the process from this end by way of insisting to maintain the original five
cabinet portfolios representing the TFG for the preparatory session in London, followed by face-to
face meeting between the two presidents ( Silanyo and Sharif Ahmed) in Dubai.
What the New President Should Do?
For the first time in mo than two decades, the people and government of Somaliland welcomed the
Election of the new leader, President Sheikh Mohamoud and indicated willingness to reassume
talks between the two parts. Sources close to the new president have in the meantime hinted that, as
soon as HE takes over the office, Somaliland is going to be top in his agenda.
In considerations of the built-in strengths, vision and courage, the new president may take
Unprecedented course with regard to the way forward with future talks with Somaliland which may
prove to be a short cut for peaceful settlement of disputes between the parts involved and set new
directions with regard to the future of not only Somaliland and Somalia but also the rest of the
Somali regions in the Horn and East African sub-regions.
The kind of innovative ideas the new president may device as well as potential reactions that may
result from such move are yet to be seen. What could however be ascertained at this stage is the fact
that the election of Sheikh Mohamoud as the new president for the post transition Somalia marks
a decisive turning point with regard to the way forward with the ongoing talks between Somalia and
Implications on Puntland
With the exception of Farole, the rest of the Somali society will be pleased with such step taken
towards the right direction. This is particularly the case given the fact that such initiative may put to
an end the clan-based politics Puntland has embarked from the beginning and pursued to date.
Farole may not however be in this front and might be accompanied in
this a by an array of local politicians who may have adopted kind of civil war culture based on which
inter clan and interregional politics is determined and outlaid. Such civil war culture portrayed by the
Farole club should not be labeled on the bulk of the Puntland populations the majority of whom
suffer from the oppressive leadership of Farole and members of his club.
It’s also possible that such scheme may turn out to be a wakeup call for Farole and his cluster of
civil war politicians which may influence them and enable them return to the mainstream ethics.
Abukar O Abikar
By goth Mohamed