Friday, April 4, 2014

WIDE GULF BETWEEN SOMALIA’S LEADER AND UNSOM’S HEAD

The post transitional Somali leaders elected in 2012 were entrusted with the special duty to lead a full-fledged state of Somalia with its sovereignty, unity, economic recovery, security, and institutional capacity restored and to conduct a free and fair national political election in 2016.
Despite the ongoing armed conflict and social and political fragmentation in the country, many Somalis wanted to believe in the possibility of realizing these clearly remote goals because of new international approach for supporting the failed states like Somalia. The diplomatic recognition of the United States was special a special opportunity to seize it.
However, the fulfillment of statebuilding and political election in 2016 has immediately become an impossible dream for the convergence of at least four factors: 1. The hostile actions of Kenya and Ethiopia to practically deprive the federal government of leadership and relevance role in Somalia; 2. The federal government’s incapacity to own and implement a national coherent policy tailored to the new era of statebuilding, reconciliation, international relations and governance; 3. President Hassan’s inability to shake off the pervasive perception of belonging to or depending on a self-centered group with sinister agenda; 4. The duplicity and empty commitments of the international community of photo-ops and conferences without substantive and timely direct support.
These factors and other events like the violent attacks of Al Shabab on important institutions in Mogadishu, the fallout between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and former Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, the publication of the damning resignation letter of former Governor of the Central Bank of Somalia Madam Yussur Abrar, and frequent fruitless foreign travels, fed negative reports in the international media against the federal government. Reuters and other newspapers published articles accusing the federal government of corruption and internal paralysis. The influential magazine- the Economist described the ongoing AMISOM offensive against Al Shabab as a sideshow and suggested that president Hassan once popular with donors has lost his aura.
Inexplicably, the federal government seems unconcerned about the adverse effects of the unfavorable comments coming from different quarters including from its strongest supporter- the United States. But, the federal government should engage the Somali people with vision, openness, conviction, consistency, and respect of democratic values enshrined in the Provisional Constitution in order to gain respect and confidence both inside and outside.
High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF)
The negative assessments have emboldened the hands of the representatives of the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU), and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Somalia to the point of extorting the sovereignty from the Somali government and imposing arbitrary clan based federation which has inflamed new tensions throughout the country. The extortion of sovereignty occurred when the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) (preferably called UN Administrator) Ambassador Nicolas Kay became the co-chair with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at the High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) on the implementation of the New Deal predicated on the respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence of Somalia. HLPF is another layer of super- structure created to confuse the Somali society and institutions. HLPF held in Mogadishu on Feb 24, 2014 was organized by AMISOM, a move itself an anomaly because AMISOM competes to get a lion share of the foreign assistance earmarked to Somalia.
The Speeches of Ambassador Nicolas Kay and President Hassan at HLPF indicate the wide gulf between the two unequal partners. In face of UN extortion, the federal government surrendered cowardly the sovereignty and leadership of Somalia.
According to Press Release signed by the presidential spokesman Eng Yarisow, President Hassan focused on four points: 1. He downplayed the impact of the attack on Villa Somalia and characterized it as an occasional act of terrorism designed to fool others; 2. he touted the progress made in the past two years; 3. He countered the report of Somalia and Eritrea UN Monitoring Group on the diversion of weapons and ammunitions; 4. finally, he announced the establishment of Financial Governance Committee and asked the donors to act and deliver the 2.4 billion dollar pledges made at the New Deal conference in Brussels on 16 September 2013.
In contrast, the prepared remarks of the “UN Administrator” Nicolas Kay posted on UNSOM website stressed the following points: 1. That the federal government runs out of time for the implementation of many key tasks like completing the constitution, forming federal states, and implementing political democratization; 2. That the Federal Government has to act without delay on the UN report that outlines the steps needed to take for holding the 2016 election -like the establishment of the election management bodies; 3. That the establishment of the Financial Governance Committee is welcomed but has to be examined later; 4. That Puntland and Jubbaland should be considered as de facto federal states and given a prominent role within the Somali Compact and its bodies; President Uhuru of Kenya and PM Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia welcome the leaders of Puntland and Jubbaland more warmly than President Hassan of Somalia. 5. That the federal government should produce a detailed plan on the stabilization of local administrations before appealing for international assistance.
On March 11, Ambassador Nicolas Kay told the UN Security Council (UNSC) from Mogadishu, “I’m on the ground in Mogadishu and not with you in New York due to the intensity of events at this moment.” President Hassan, Prime Minister Abdiweli Sh Ahmed and other Ministers were abroad for personal profile. Mary Harper, BBC veteran, posted Nicolas Kay’s briefing in her blog with the title “Who runs Somalia? The UN, the Federal Government, or both?
Somalia needs the international support to achieve political stability and security within its borders, but the present partnership is leading to nowhere. In difference to the usual flow of international aid from donor to recipient countries, donors allocate and manage the assistance to Somalia. This kind of aid management on behalf of Somalia has created armies of international intermediaries that receive the aid to Somalia. The role of the Federal Government is a rubber stamp in exchange for commissions and allowances. Source informed me that the 40 million dollar assistance announced by the Government of Japan during President Hassan’s visit was transferred to UN months ago.
Discriminatory approach between Jubbaland and Southwestern federal States
The strong opposition of AU-IGAD and UN to genuine dialogue among Somali stakeholders on the issue of federalism has set off the chaotic formation of clan based entities with difficulty to challenge their boundaries. In the context of clan competition, the clan claim over land ownership is more important than regional administrative boundaries. The Federal Government cannot play a leading role in the implementation of a hypothetical federal system without legitimate representatives of the national stakeholders reach unassailable consensus on the suitable model of governance and then enacted into law.
The operational policy of Ambassador Nicolas Kay which states, “the UN will continue to back the voices of hope, not despair, of opportunity, not crisis” has been translated into “ignore and marginalize the opinion and voice of the majority of the people and empower villain politicians and groups.” In his briefing to the UNSC on March 11, Ambassador Nicolas Kay said that the gulf between the six and three regions state rival camps remains wide but the UN supports the three groups while at the same time calling for dialogue. UN calls the shot and plants the causes for division and grievances.
UN and AU-IGAD cannot hide behind a dodgy federal government; and the abusive show of their envoys in reaction to the popular election of President Madobe Nuunow of the Southwestern State composed of six regions, headquartered in Baidoa has been responded courageously and unanimously by the majority of Digil and Mirifle community.
AU-IGAD and UN were not ashamed by forcing the recognition of the unilateral and self-anointed leadership of militia leader Ahmed Madobe while ferociously attacking and refusing to recognize the leadership of the moderate politician Madobe Nuunow. This is blatant discriminatory approach. It is unfortunate to take note that the umpires over the dispute between the Southwestern and Jubbaland States are Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Afey and Eng Mahboub Maalim both of Somali Kenyan nationals who are Envoy and Executive Secretary of IGAD respectively. The subtexts of this spectacle have fed gossip among Somalis.
Reflections
The Somali people have endured long struggle for justice, freedom, unity, democracy, and progress. But the achievement of those noble goals has remained elusive due in major part to the performance of Somali leaders and Elite serving their personal ego and foreign interests rather than being focused on their historic responsibility for the common welfare, long term interests, and cohesion of their society crippled by self-destructive clan rivalries. US President Harry S. Truman once said, ““Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” The change for success is in hands of Somali Elite and people.
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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
Siad Barre ( A somali Hero )

MoS Moments of Silence

MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

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

The Honourable Ronald Reagan,

When our world changed forever

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

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.

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.

Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic

Soomaaliya الصومال‎ Somali Republic
Somalia

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