COMMENTARY: DUMPING ALI KHALIF GALAYR IN ABSENTIA
By H.M. Shabeel,
Khalif must have been biting his nails to the quick during
the last two weeks; desperately wondering what the outcome
of the non-confidence vote against his government would look
discomfort far outweighed by the joy of visiting his family
in Minnesota, thousands of miles away where the decision to
dump him is being made by a bunch of rookie parliamentarians.
A decision that is being made inside the former police academy
under the shadow of the gun and technicals.
A few brave or patriotic or foolish souls voted against the
no-confidence vote, but they have been outnumbered and outmaneuvered
by the followers of the "gang of four" alternatively led by
Abdiqassim and Abdalla Derow.
Would it be the last time we see Ali run his hand over the
graying stubble that he was vainly cultivating into a beard?
He made no comment, publicly, during and after the no-confidence
vote, but that's to be expected. He decided to remain aloof,
even a scheduled visit to Canada has been aborted without
explanations. Abdiqassim, the man who nominated him to the
job after Arta wouldn't discuss Ali Khalif's firing. Some
people close to the center of power say that Ali ruffled feathers
when he challenged his boss's refusal to punish the merchants
who flooded the country with billions of fake currency that
course a relatively free press in the form of Xeroxed slim
tabloid is slowly emerging in Mogadishu, but it's still a
voice in the wilderness.
to dump a Prime Minister whilst he is out of the country on
an official mission defies the imagination. It is tantamount
to a coup de etat not by members of the armed forces but by
a first time parliamentarians who are not properly versed
into what is called political science.
Historically there have been no job approval/disapproval ratings
of a Prime Minister in Somalia. They just came and faded away,
forgotten. This added more bitterness to the public who felt
they were never consulted about their Prime Minister's job
performances. Ali was going to tell us what was in his mind
during his visit to Toronto, but alas that visit never took
place and we are wondering why a man like Ali Khalif decided
to remain indifferent about the debacle in Mogadishu.
Ironically, even some members of his cabinet enthusiastically
welcomed the no-confidence vote, hoping to secure a portfolio
in a new cabinet that would replace theirs!
had no sympathy for man like Ali (after the Mareray Sugar
Factory) and the current crop of petty politicians in Mogadishu,
Hargeisa and Galkayo/Garowe. They all remind me of George
Orwell's Animal Farm. They even adopted their own version
of the speaksay in the book, such as "Only the dead people
could be trusted." Everything was improbable. That explains
why we had no real patriot who had the interest of the people
at heart. On the other hand there was no shortage of politicians
who gave us empty speeches as comfortable as fake medals.
opinions were divided in Somalia and in the Diaspora as to
whose expression of outrage was greatest: that of the outgoing
Prime Minister, the mainstream Somalis or those few souls
who voted against the no-confidence vote. You can safely bet
on the mainstream Somalis in the old country who is at the
end of their tethers. We in the Diaspora are merely remote
controls running out of batteries.
am afraid we shall have to watch Abdiqassim going through
the motion of nominating a new Prime Minister and the bet
is on. But for a starter, let's keep the gun and clan loyalties
out of the Somali politics. Another question we must ask ourselves
is; who had ordained that we should have a Hawiye President
and a Darood Prime Minister? One example is: Adan Abdulle
Osman/Abdirizaq Haji Hussein/Abdullahi Isse/Abdirashid Ali
Shermarke in the 1960s. Then the military made big
bang in October 1969 when Somalia became a police state and
everybody was guilty of something followed by 11 years of
bloodbath and lawlessness.
Now how about giving the job to a technocrat who would in
turn form a cabinet entirely composed of technocrats and kiss
the clan system goodbye once and for all?
"Not in our life time," says a politician of the old school.
"Clan loyalty is drug addition after Qat", the old geezer