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Monday, June 7, 2010
Dear Secessionist: Keep out Sool and Sanaag from your imagined “Somaliland”
As we all know, on 26 June 2010, “Somaliland” authorities organized a long awaited election to select president for the self declared republic in North West Somalia. This same election was delayed several times due to differences among the political class in Hargeisa on which date to convene. Actually these disagreements could have sparked to major tribal clashes if the elders in those areas would not have intervened at the right time.
However, after polling completed that day, the chairman of the election commission in his first press conference next day, was quoted as saying that “an entire region (which is Sool) has not participated in the voting process” He also added that all the polling materials sent to Huddun district and surrounding areas were attacked brazenly in the town in daylight with their vehicles and were either destroyed or confiscated. Similarly all the ballot boxes smuggled secretly to Ayn and Sanaag/ Haylan regions were either captured by loyal SSC forces, or by Puntland Darawish brigades under direct orders from Mr Ilkajir, Puntland Interior Minister.
In short what we can conclude from the above events is that the alleged elections have not taken place beyond the borders of Togdheer region and Erigavo town in the east.
This in turn witnesses that almost all the inhabitants in those regions oppose the secessionist project spearheaded by selfish politicians in Hargeisa who are fishing on the remnants of a sinking nation (their mother Somalia) to bargain for the establishment of a breakaway clan republic in north west Somalia with no strategic objectives whatsoever in their vision except to win some politicalpositions in the breakaway republicweakening Somali nation and thus perish all the hopes and expectations stirred in the Somali people by the great Somali poet, Sultan Timacadde, in Hargeisa on the day of independence June 26 1960
With all sourness it may taste now, they are determined to remain part and parcel of SomaliRepublic in all circumstances and would never abandon their identity and nation by choosing short term political gains over long term strategic interests of their country and people as secessionists have been doing in the last 20 years. They are still living with the hope that one day their brothers and sisters in Mogadisco, Garoweand Borama will return to their common sense, tie hands together and start building their own nation with a strong will like other nations and outshineneighboring countries by developing our education, health, economy, rule of law etc.
Validity of election results
Apart from few statements of little known UK NGOs such as Progresso, as well some reports by a few biased Somali correspondents; we have not received any reliable information that confirmed the authenticity of election results. On the contrary, in accordance with the following facts we have every reason to believe that election process is marred by deliberate mismanagement and deceive:
·In the initial preparatory phase, a disagreement occurred between Interpeace which is an EU contracted agency for the development of parliamentary institutions in Somalia and Somaliland authorities over the lists of registered voters collected in the server computer. This raw ended withthe expulsion of the agency from Hargeisa to clear route for local intervention afterwards
·In announcing the number of registered voters the commission declared in advance that it almost reached to 1.1 million but ironically less than half of that number has actually voted ( even though with a fear of double voting for some individuals) as declared by commission chairman. This in turn raises many questions. Where is the rest gone? Could it prove that unionist in the self declared republic outnumber secessionists?
·No observers representing regional or worldly bodiessuch as UN, EU, AU or Arab league were present in the field and hence no reliable information to depend existed
·Many segments of Somali minority communities in “Somaliland” such as Gaboye and IDPs have been either ignored to participate in the voting or totally rejected to enjoy their full rights as Somali citizens. Most of the later group were living in major towns in the North West such as Hargeisa for the past twenty years
Secessionists stand behind the current statelessness in Somalia
Even though the major blame for the current lawlessness in South/Central Somalia must be shouldered by local inhabitants there because of their inability to sort out their differences, in addition to their total blindness on the lethal consequences that could result from the ever worsening situation in that part of the country againstthe sovereignty of Somali nation, the secessionists’ godfather (SNM) has played a major role in preparing that scenario at the ousting of Barre’s regime in the final tempo.
Disguising as a legitimate opposition Mujahedeen fighters to dictatorship rule that is only interested to a political change in the country, they put every obstacle possible in preventing the numerous opposition fronts from uniting under one political umbrella that can smoothly fill the political vacuum that would result after the fall of central rule in the country as Ethiopians managed before the fall of Mengistu. With all the bad luck, they succeeded in injecting that nasty idea to late General Aided, the then strongman of USC forces in ‘90s who accepted of mobilizing fighters in accordance with tribal power bases as they suggested with given promise that actual power sharing among the three major opposition forces will be discussed after the fall of the government. What a disaster!-everyone knows what happened then…
This mischievous plot by SNM led to total tragedy and contributed extensively to the power vacuum, anarchy and state failure we suffer in it up to now.
Equally sad to know is that those who are campaigning to blow apart the Somali nation are the ones who got their education under United Somalia like Eng Faisal Waraabe, Bashir Goth, Dr Ali Jowhar and others. Even President-Elect Mr Silanyo has had his higher studies in UK (1960-65) under the direct sponsorship of SomaliRepublic
A formula for Just Solution
There is no doubt that many have changed in Somalia since 1960. For instance, Somaliland of SNL and USP in the past was totally different from “Somaliland” of SNM or its offshoot affiliate parties such as Kulmiye and UCID in 21st century. The previous one represented a united, honest and unionist nation that envisioned democratic, strong and prosperous SomaliRepublic in the long run while the latter fights for a divided nation that might get multiple state names under recognition but will inevitably serve as satellite entities for other countries.
However, though we are a homogenous society, nonetheless we still require legal provisions in our constitution that could be used as reference basis whenever the need arises and define legally which proper steps to take for solution such as when certain communities in certain regions opt to secede from the mother country. But on doing so, one should be more careful in protecting the actual wishes of every individual in order to avoid forging somebody’s will by others in an illegal manner.
Hence, we can’t go back to North and South colonial borderlines before the union for a basis of separation of Somalia for two reasons:
·Those boundaries have been annihilated in a democratic manner by elected parliamentarians from the two parties of the country in that era who formed a united Somali Republic in July 1 1960 and hence it bear no legal meaning since then
·There is no general consensus among all regions of North West Somalia for demand for separation. We all know the case of Sool and Sanaag in rejecting the secessionist agenda. Even in Awdal region the situation is not clear particularly at grass roots level of the society. What we hear from that side is that dwellers in Borama still keep the Somali flag in their homes and show up to challenge the local administration whenever they protest against them
However, an alternative of the above option is to insert a legal stipulation in a new constitution such as the following;
“That any three neighboring regions or more in the country have a right to demand secession if the following conditions are met”:
·That a referendum carried out in each region separately with the presence of International observers after offering conducive and democratic environment in which freedom of expression is a attainable to each and every one
·That a two third majority for Yes Vote is needed to legalize independence from mother country
·If less than three regions opt for Yes, the project becomes null and void
Those are only derived samples for the required legal framework but the final wording goes to the hands of legislative body in the country
Finally I believe that with availability of such provision in the “would be established constitution” that should be written by a committee representing all segments and parts of Somalia, we could settle all crisis in our country in a civilized way and avoid fighting each other in 21st century
Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir
Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979
Sultanate of Obbia
President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,
Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan
Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )
MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen
Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
Honorable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was born 1919, Ganane, — (gedo) jubbaland state of somalia ,He passed away Jan. 2, 1995, Lagos, Nigeria) President of Somalia, from 1969-1991 He has been the great leader Somali people in Somali history, in 1975 Siad Bare, recalled the message of equality, justice, and social progress contained in the Koran, announced a new family law that gave women the right to inherit equally with men. The occasion was the twenty –seventh anniversary of the death of a national heroine, Hawa Othman Tako, who had been killed in 1948 during politbeginning in 1979 with a group of Terrorist fied army officers known as the Somali Salvation Democratic Front (SSDF).Mr Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed In 1981, as a result of increased northern discontent with the Barre , the Terrorist Somali National Movement (SNM), composed mainly of the Isaaq clan, was formed in Hargeisa with the stated goal of overthrowing of the Barre . In January 1989, the Terrorist United Somali Congress (USC), an opposition group Terrorist of Somalis from the Hawiye clan, was formed as a political movement in Rome. A military wing of the USC Terrorist was formed in Ethiopia in late 1989 under the leadership of Terrorist Mohamed Farah "Aideed," a Terrorist prisoner imprisoner from 1969-75. Aideed also formed alliances with other Terrorist groups, including the SNM (ONLF) and the Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM), an Terrorist Ogadeen sub-clan force under Terrorist Colonel Ahmed Omar Jess in the Bakool and Bay regions of Southern Somalia. , 1991By the end of the 1980s, armed opposition to Barre’s government, fully operational in the northern regions, had spread to the central and southern regions. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes, claiming refugee status in neighboring Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya. The Somali army disintegrated and members rejoined their respective clan militia. Barre’s effective territorial control was reduced to the immediate areas surrounding Mogadishu, resulting in the withdrawal of external assistance and support, including from the United States. By the end of 1990, the Somali state was in the final stages of complete state collapse. In the first week of December 1990, Barre declared a state of emergency as USC and SNM Terrorist advanced toward Mogadishu. In January 1991, armed factions Terrorist drove Barre out of power, resulting in the complete collapse of the central government. Barre later died in exile in Nigeria. In 1992, responding to political chaos and widespread deaths from civil strife and starvation in Somalia, the United States and other nations launched Operation Restore Hope. Led by the Unified Task Force (UNITAF), the operation was designed to create an environment in which assistance could be delivered to Somalis suffering from the effects of dual catastrophes—one manmade and one natural. UNITAF was followed by the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM). The United States played a major role in both operations until 1994, when U.S. forces withdrew. Warlordism, terrorism. PIRATES ,(TRIBILISM) Replaces the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration .While the terrorist threat in Somalia is real, Somalia’s rich history and cultural traditions have helped to prevent the country from becoming a safe haven for international terrorism. The long-term terrorist threat in Somalia, however, can only be addressed through the establishment of a functioning central government
His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Government in Paris from 1974 to 1979.
Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.
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