Ambassador Mahiga doesn't really want Peace in Somalia ?
Reality check on ambassador Mahiga and his Friends’ Elimination of Mr. Farmaajo’s Government and their relentless support the continuations of Somali disarray.For the past 20 years, Somalis have fought, horrified and shattered each other in any form that any human being could ever imagine or envisage
Somalis were prisoners of warlords, clan leaders, religious tyrants and foreign influence (UN, AU, Ethiopia and others).None of that triggered Somalis to stand together in one voice and show the world that they can distinguish good and bad. Moreover, they made crystal clear and beyond any reasonable doubt that they can reject the decisions made by those who are enemy to see United, peaceful, prosperous and powerful Somali Country.
This time Somalis lost their sagacity of fear and they were visible in large numbers on the streets of Mogadishu and across all major cities in the country and in the diaspora. The aforementioned demonstrations gave hopes to many Somalis, since they were not clannish in nature. Somalis regardless of class and clan affiliation demonstrated spontaneously for one common cause.
The questions we could ask ourselves are: why now; what are the motives that contributed these marches? Are Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo and his cabinet the best superlative shaped Somali Statute we’ve seen in the past 20 years and why Augustine Mahiga and his friends took Prime Minister Farmaajo’s Government out?
The fact is that Mr. Mahiga doesn’t want any stability in Somalia and Prime Minister Farmaajo and his cabinet added a new transparency and ingenuous Governance that was unknown during their predecessors.
Soon after was nominated to be the new Somali PM, Mr. Farmaajo rejected the prejudiced 4.5 system that was formed by those who always try to generate division, chaos and anarchy within Somali people. Soon after the new Prime Minster was sworn, the following are the obvious alterations he made.
•He recruited young Collage graduates to the ministry;
•He made sure for the first time in 20 years all Government Employees (Civil and military) to get monthly wages on time every month
• He ordered the Police in Mogadishu to protect and serve for the people and clogged who ever do otherwise;
•He ordered reconstruction and cleaning of Mogadishu streets the area which the TFG Controls;
•He broke new ground by introducing Inland Revenue collection at Ex-Control Afgoie and other areas in the Capital;
•He has been instrumental in streamlining and auditing the revenue collection system.
•He executed the first ever published data on revenue collection and management;
•In a remarkably short time, he dealt with challenges and put the activities of the ministry back on course;
•On two occasions customs department at the airport captured more than 3 million US $ dollars.
•He was an active member of the ministerial financial committee, which made difference to the financial management of the country.For the first time in 20 years, the Mogadishu population felt they have government that cares about them and their cause, therefore they rejected Augustine Mahiga and his friends’ attempt to eradicate these new light and improvement and all Somalis around the globe stood by their side as one.Now the question is why Augustine Mahiga and his friends rejected Prime Minister Farmaajo’s Government? Augustine Mahiga’s friends such us: some neighboring countries and the Nairobi Mafia consisting of certain corrupted individuals, Corrupted Somali Politicians, groups, NGOs, and institutions that control and exploit hundreds of millions of dollars donated to Somalia every year without any accountability want to eradicate Mr. Farmaajo’s Government because he demanded transparency per the actual percentage of those monies being spent on Somalia. Furthermore, he demanded that all UN agencies and NGOs assigned to work on Somali humanitarian, political, and development issues to set up their respective shops in Mogadishu or in other regions within Somalia.To understand better Augustine Mahiga’s irresistible attempt to side by those who want the continuation of Somali Anarchy and Mobocracy, instead of doing the good work that the United Nation consigned to him to do for the Somali people; we will look back the history between him and Somalia.Once upon a time, Somalia was a peaceful and a powerful state that supported many African and Asian countries to become independent nations. For example Somalia gave financial and political support to countries like South Africa, Bangladesh, Angola, Mozambique, Eritrea, Djibouti and many others to assist them in driving out western colonial powers but today the Somali people are left alone without any tangible positive help from their fellow Africans.
Its leader Mohamed Siad Barre who brokered tens of peace deals, including the famous "Mogadishu Accord” between Uganda and Tanzania on October 1972 which effectively stopped the conflict and war between the two East African countries.Wanume Kibedi, then Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Malecela his Tanzanian counterpart and Omar Arteh Ghaleb, the Secretary of State for the Foreign Affairs of Somali Republic at the time, signed the agreement on behalf of their countries.
The agreement also tightened the relationship between Uganda and Somalia and exchanged diplomatic visits followed. While speaking at the Independence Day celebrations, October 9, 1972, at Nakivubo Stadium in Kampala-Uganda, Siad Barre called on African countries to pool their resources and brains together to develop their countries instead of engaging in fighting among themselves. At the Independence Day reception, Somali musicians and dancers entertained the dignitaries.Siad Barre was awarded Uganda’s highest honor "The First Class Order of the Source of the Nile" in appreciation of his conciliatory effort in the Uganda-Tanzania conflict at the function.At that time (1972), Ambassador Augustine Mahiga was special adviser to John Malecela, the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, because they were family friends and it was a year later when Mahiga completes his Bachelor of Arts at the University of East Africa in Darasalam Tanzania.Before he (Mahiga) went to Canada to apply his PHD of International Relation at same year, he was appointed to be a member of senior National advisers.On October 20, 1972, a Uganda delegation of ministers, senior government and army officials left for Mogadishu to attend the third Somali Revolution Day celebrations set for October 21, but Tanzanian leader Julius Nyerere, who had accepted the invitation at the beginning of the month, refused to attend Somali’s Revolution Day celebrations and chose to abstain from the celebrations.His advisers, including Mahiga told the president not to go to Mogadishu, because they persuaded him a wrong policy - which they said that President Siad Barre loves Uganda and its leader Idi Amin so much, because they (Amin and Barre) are Muslims.Idi AMin seized the power in a military coup in 1971, similar to 1969 Si’ad Barre's coup in Somalia, The Tanzanian Leader Nyerere offered sanctuary to ousted Uganda’s president Milto Obotte, as they were friends and both Obote and Nyerere attempted to wipe out Amin’s government, but failed to remove him.
Somali and Tanzania established diplomatic relations on 1962, but the diplomatic relations deteriorated in 1972 and since that time the situation remains the same. Mahiga was the man who told his friend John Malecela the Minister of Foreign affairs to destroy the two buildings of Somali Embassy in Daraslam, but Italian Ambassador to Tanzania warned and told them if they do so they will violate the diplomacy rules and the laws of International relations. He told them that Italy will stop the development project including the (Tanzanian Italian Petroleum Refinery Co. Ltd.) in DaraSalaam which was built between 1964 and 1966 by Snam Progetti in collaboration with Saipem.
It is because of the fact that Italy colonized Somalia and enjoyed strong relations with the Somali regime that Italy decided to react aggressively towards the Tanzanian project of demolishing the Somali embassy premises and level it to the ground, some Tanzanian officials even suggested to rise the Tanzanian flag on the top of the Somali embassy's wreckage.
After receiving his PHD in International Relations from the University of Toronto 1975, he came back to Darasalam and immediately he was appointed as the chief of staff and special adviser to the Tanzanian President on international relations.
Two years later August 17, 1977, when the War between Somalia and Ethiopian begun Ambassador Mahiga flew to Addis Ababa and met Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam. He told them that Tanzania will support Ethiopians in driving back the attacking Somali forces across the border.
Since then it is widely believed that he is a close trusted friend by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zanawi who arguably doesn’t want to see stable and peaceful Somalia again. And for that sake he transferred the Somali crisis file into the hands of his notorious secret service agents who deal with the Somali political issues from their Intelligence and national security prospective.In 1992 Mahiga met with Mohamed Sahnoun (Algeria) who was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Somalia - the man who gave his heart and sincere efforts to the Somali people to ensure lasting peace and stability in Somalia, he tried to convey phony information about Somali People, but Sahnoun rejected Mahiga’s malicious report.Shockingly, Mohamed Sahnoun was sacked after seven gold months with Somali People by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.Mahiga played a crucial role in the genocide that Ethiopian troops committed in capital Mugadisho and around the country. He is the man who campaigned for Ethiopia’s invasion in Somalia.
Amb Mahige takes major credit for that because he was among Horn of Africa panel of experts who campaigned for the Ethiopian invasion.Augustine Mahiga, 66-year old was nominated by United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on June 9, 2010, now he is the United Nations Special Representative for Somalia and the head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia. Many Somalis believe that this is a clear diplomatic mistake committed by Ban Kin Moon – it’s a mistake, because this is the man who always gave the wrong impression about Somali political issues and its people, and more importantly his previous decisions about Somalia yielded severe consequences.
Judging by his previous approaches towards Somalia, it’s very obvious that Mr.Mahiga is not the right man for this position and majority of Somali people view him negatively due to his previous hostile approaches towards the Somali interests. His current approaches towards Somalia speak for itself.
When the first positive results emerged, Mr.Mahiga announced the so called Nairobi meeting which is an obvious attempt to delegitimize the Somali government and it will give crucial moral support for the destructive corrupted politicians (the Speaker Mr. Sharif and others) and tribal militias who don’t want peace and stability in Somalia for their own selfish interests.
It is very obvious to us all Mr. Mahiga and his friends’ business are the continuation of the Disarray and the corruption in Somalia. Last few months fraudulent cash exchanged involved in this proposed meeting as it is the usual in all UNPOS organized conferences and meetings about Somalia--this money should've been redirected to the suffering Somali people back home.Have a look the first Ten months he was in charge when 65% of the donated money from the International community is missing. He doesn’t care Somali families; without doubt he doesn’t even know about Somali people that they desperately need UN humanitarian aid and help.
We can all see that UNPOS is working on delegitimizing the Somali government at the time when surprisingly the Somali government is showing real commitment towards reclaiming its territories from the anti-peace elements.
In Conclusion, The majority of Somali people doesn’t trust Mr. Mahiga due to his previous hostile malicious approaches towards the Somali political issues, the ordinary Somalis believe that Mr.Mahiga is part of the Ethiopian strategy in Somalia, this strategy is the biggest obstacle towards maintaining lasting peace and stability in Somalia, the Somali factors who aligned themselves as enforcing elements of this illicit strategy cannot be ignored as well. Mr. Mahiga himself is a great obstacle and currently he is “Ethiopian Trojan Horse" who doesn’t want peace and stability in Somalia but rather the continuation of this ongoing chaos which will serve his own selfish interests, the corrupted Somali politician and that of his country and Ethiopia as well.
Finally, If Mr. Mahiga and his friends believed that they can write a Treaty for Corrupted Politicians who cannot even read it (the Kampala Accord); it is the time for them to realize Somalis are the largest African Collage graduates and scholars in the west particularly in US and are now working as a unit to stop this kind act.
Bashir M. Gaboobe is a Terror Free Somalia Political Analyst
Technology MBA University Of Washington 2012
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