OPEN LETTER TO ABDIQASSIM
By M.M. Afrah
Excellency, I venture to write this open letter to you to
impress upon you a few crucial matters in which I feel you
side-stepped your pledge at the Arta conference over a year
Every time you comment on restoring peace and stability in
our strife-torn country, you gave us the impression that your
government kept its promise with the mainstream Somalis who
have been living under the shadow of the gun-totting militia.
You blame the faction leaders for frustrating your government's
effort to restore peace and stability in the country, or what
was left of it. Ali Mahdi who briefly held the job was also
faced with the same scenario, or even worse.
It is a known fact that your government received some money
from a number of Arab countries to enable you demobilize the
militia in order to absorb them into a National Police Force
and Army to bring peace and security back on track. This was
not to be. Some 10,000 highly equipped policemen are helpless
to subdue a handful of warlords in the capital. As a result
faction leaders still block the port and airport. Roads in
the shell-battered capital are still manned by militia gunmen
who exhort money from already starving population;
c) Farther Northwest and Northeast secessionists are dug in,
in a bid to polarize an already fragmented country. None of
them recognize your government. As far as I know no effort
was made to convince them that a small country like Somalia
couldn't afford disunity. Hitherto divided countries, such
as the two Vietnamese, the two Yemens and the two Germans
are today enjoying the fruit of unity.
Troops from Ethiopia stream across the border to the west,
stirring disgruntled faction leaders to dislodge you and the
Arta Group. But your government failed to provide physical
evidence to the world. Why?
Business owners and other shady characters still hire armed
guards for protection after flooding the country with fake
money. After several half-hearted tax collections, the police
and the tax collectors withdrew in defeat. The bogus road
barricades are back with flying colours. You, as the President
of the TNG failed to address these very important issues.
It is a matter of life and death, because life for the ordinary
man and woman in the street is once again in jeopardy, due
to the looming hyperinflation.
You failed to take advantage when Daniel arap Moi barred the
warlords from Kenya. This was a golden opportunity, but for
some reason your government failed to appreciate and capitalize
this overture by the President of Kenya;
g) The government reneged on provision of the Djibouti conference
requiring land restitution. Vast tracks of rural land and
prime urban real estate have been stolen. Of course you know
who the culprits are. Most important step is to put an end
to the importation of counterfeit currency. To summon the
courage to succeed is in your courtyard, despite the difficulties.
You were, of course, aware from the very beginning that you
and your government would be treading on a political minefield.
h) If you mend the above mentioned irregularities swiftly
you will come back as President when your current three years
expires and the people and donor countries would renew their
confidence in your government. But first and foremost you
must win the hearts and minds of the Somali people.
the way, the individual you are searching to form a new cabinet
must have exceptional quality. His knowledge of international
politics and financial systems should be encyclopedic. But
most of all, he/she must be privy to the basic needs of the
TO AVOID BY EVERY PRESIDENT
and interservices rivalries;
2.Yesmen and flunkeys (Kobe-qaad);
3. Ghost offices;
4. Money laundering;
5. Nepotism and old boy network;
6. Professional lairs and fraud artists;
7. Rumor mongers.