M. M. Afrah©
the Jawhar and Mogadishu wings of the TFG have been ignoring
calls of reknitting of fragmented and overtribilized Somalia.
These self-styled leaders are doing everything in their
ill-gotten power to keep the status quo, come what may.
doesn't have to be a prophet to predict the consequences.
of sitting down at a roundtable conference in order to
iron out their petty differences, key figures from both
wings are traveling from one Arab country to another-Yemen,
Egypt and the Emirates announcing that they had found
the tonic of their troubles in those countries. Surely
many people at home and in the Diaspora won't swallow?
Only few did, mainly their flunkeys and patsies.
friend and colleague-a journalist of the old school-wrote;
"The Somali leaders from both sides of the spectrum
exploit their own people every time they open their mouths
and say something, which they believe would enhance their
tarnished images, when in reality they are unwilling to
open peace dialogue with their adversaries."
I concur with him.
the non-cooperation gesticulations in Jowhar and Mogadishu
are purely to impose their power and dreadful doctrines
on anyone, no matter how humiliating. The only difference
between the two factions being what they want to achieve
in case they hit the political jackpot-uncontested power
and material gains as their ultimate aspiration and objective.
there has been friction between the governments of the
day and the opposition parties after independence in 1960.
Adan Abdulla Osman, the President at independence, and
a man who was well versed in politics and knows what he
is talking about, coolly told the then opposition leaders
to do their homework properly before they open their mouths!
most of us know that Adan Abdulle Oosman, who is very
much alive and kicking in his own farm, refused to have
anything to do with repugnant political intrigues in today's
Somalia. Still he was at pains to advice the faction leaders/warlords
to ditch their weapons and resign en mass and let alone
the people elect their own leaders in a fair and free
election. The old man's advice fell on deaf ears.
friction, though more intense in nature, never seems to
vanish; we still see it today, this time with the use
of lethal weapons of all calibers, resulting unending
blood path. Many well-meaning people foresaw it in 1991/92
after the insurgents toppled the military dictator. The
vacuum was then filled by blood thirsty warlords who reduced
the same people who welcomed them, to victims without
free will, more like dolls tossed around in the power
hungry flurries of the warlords, followed by genocide,
is a sign of a true consent," one of the Mogadishu
main warlords said in an interview with Reuter's news
agency in 1992. Months later he died during an offensive
against his archenemy at Madina District of Mogadishu.
"The silence of true consent" did not save his
was always a homogenous country, and its cohesion, whatever
cohesion it has, can only be based on mutual respect.
Everyone looked the same, spoke the same language, worshiping
the same God and believed the same things.
things, I know, have been said before, but their obvious
truth is why these people, unique in Africa, do not abide
by their traditional Shir under a tree and negotiate how
to return the country to the community of nations and
pull the people together inside the country instead of
jostling to settle old scores.
dismembered corpse of Somalia have been set free by the
departure of the former dictator, who died in exile in
Lagos after more than two decades of iron-fist rule, and
pronto the warlords evoked the splitting of the people
into archaic clan, sub, sub-clan lunacy-a Hobbesian world:
the war of all on all locked in blood feud, hatred and
(The word "Hobbesian"
is sometimes used in modern English to refer to a situation
in which there is unrestrained, selfish and uncivilized
competition, Miriam Webster Dictionary).
ignorant and semi-educated villains knew very well what
demons they were frivolously invoking. If they did not,
they would have fall silent in shame.
they are fraying now, it is because their petty politics
has for the last fifteen years or so broken the traditional
Somali tolerance for consensus revamped by the Somali
Youth League (SYL) during the early days of struggle for
independence and unity-one people and one nation, devoid
of the virus of tribalism.
thorny issues that have been dragging for months still
remain unresolved. This include, among other things, whether
to base the government in the capital, in conformity with
the federal constitution and whether foreign troops, mainly
from the neighbouring countries would be deployed in the
country as peacekeepers with Ethiopia playing the flag-bearer.
they proposed was no more than their washed-out strategy
of "us-against-them," keeping the people in
the dark. It is no wonder major donor countries, except
Italy and some shadowy stakeholders, are gradually retreating
from the Somalia heartbreak. In the political jargon it
is called donor fatigue.
the question that bugs many of us is: What next?
M. M. Afrah©