Somalia elected a new president in a delayed election marked by corruption. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is the new president. The new Somali president has a dream. Somali mainstream has a dream. Chaos-profiteers, International stakeholders and clan warlords have a different dream. Shabab is on its toes and waiting.
Somalia is at crossroads. The elected government 0f 2014 dismally failed its mandate and is about to throw the country into disarray. It lost the grace and creditability. The Somali public is fed up with the organized group acting under religious, camouflage. Somalis seem to have reached a stage where trust and unity are at large. With this background, the failed leaders are vying for another term of plunder and heist. Somalis question the neutrality of the international community.
Somalia’s pacification drive stalemates and the impediments look insurmountable. A host of strategies from different angles is attributed to that lack of progress. These impediments are laid by many political circles both local and international actors who have diverse stakes. Some of these actors are known traditional adversaries of Somalia. Other more dangerous ones are either indigenous actors who are subservient to international interest groups. These holdups come from two fronts, namely the international front and the local front:
On 23rd of November, clan conflict started in Galkaio, the capital city of Mudug. The conflict was part of a greater strategy pursued by Damjadid government in Mogadishu. The pretext was the construction of 130-meter tarmac road in Garsoor neighborhood of the city which was to be paved by Puntland. Militias from Galmudug Administration invaded the municipality workers who were paving the road. Three workers died in the incident and 40 civilians were wounded by shrapnels from Howitzers fired from Galmudug side.
Somalia’s 2016 Vision is a failed opportunity. It has succumbed to the current leadership’s misrule, lack of sincerity and trustworthiness. The leadership’s dictatorial ambitions outweighed its declared mandate and as a result the Vision’s fate is sealed by this corruptive ambition. The leadership did not shy away from openly announcing that it had failed its mandate of leading the country to democratic process. The wasted opportunity created uncertainty which may have far-reaching negative consequence for the whole of East African region.
In view of the outcome of the last consultative meeting in Mogadishu in mid-October, this year, Tusmo would like to present its position on the new approach to retrieve Somalia out of the prevailing political uncertainty. This comes after the elected Somali government failed to deliver its mandate of paving the way for genuine reconciliation and a democratic election. That government was hijacked by a blinkered group whose main goal never went beyond plundering the country and depriving the country an opportunity to put it back on the rails within the four years of its mandate.