By: Haboon Haji Abdi (1)
Taleh-Khatumo State -Somalia, April 14, 2013
Like most Somalis, I wish we had more political leaders who made decisions beyond the narrow boundaries of their tribe, or religion sects. Somalis may even be surprised to learn that the current President promoted tribal political war and he designed to encourage partisanship from overwhelming the union. Sadly, our president has evolved to give tribal partisans much power.
During the presidential election campaign, Mr. Alassow sought to appeal to the best instincts of the Somali Unionist Electorate, to a post-partisan sentiment that he said would reinvigorate our unity and democracy. He ran on a platform of reconciliation—of getting beyond "old labels" of Iririssm, and Daaroodism, and forging compromises based on shared values.
President Hassan's Inaugural was a hopeful day for many Somalis, with most of Somalis celebrating the election of Somalia’s un-divisive president after the civil war. The level of enthusiasm, the anticipation and the promise of something better could not have been more palpable. And yet, it has not been realized, at all.
Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Hassan Alassow has divided Somalia on the basis of clan, tribes, religion sects, and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies (Damul Jadiid, and Somali Northern Secessionists) to pursue a similar strategy of tribally divisive politics on Somalia.
We have seen the divisive approach under earlier tribal warlords as well—particularly by the current tribal secessionists of SNM (Somaliland). It was wrong then, and it is wrong now. By dividing Somalia, Mr. Hassan Alassow has brought our country to the brink of a crisis of legitimacy, compromising our ability to address our most important policy issues such as the Somali unity.
Unionist communities (such as Khatumo State, and Makhir States, Jupaland State of Somalia) were deeply moved by Mr. Alassow's election.
The first hint that President Mr. Hassan would be willing to interject tribalism into the political dialogue came last October, when he jumped to the composition about his New 10 seat Cabinet government and the power confrontation balance between Somali Secessionists (Somaliland) and Somali Unionists (Khatumo and Makhir and Jupaland States). The Unionist groups were disappointed by the President for forming his cabinet based not on merits and not loyalty to the unity of Somalia. This is not what he promised during his campaign. So it is deceiving that he hasn’t kept his word. “This cabinet is not competent and not balanced”, said Unionist Spokesperson.