The Majerten dominated and Arta
influenced delegates at Garowe are in disarray. They had been manipulated
by Arta endorsed agenda. Some of them were sincere, in dislodging
Abdullahi Yusuf out of office. His unpopularity in some quarters of
Puntland is unabated, but compared to any other Puntland politician he
still gets a positive nudge over them. Major clans in Bossaso feel that he
deserves what Osman Mahamud politicians had done to him, because they
believe that he favored and showered the perks of the state to Osman
mahamouds on the expense of all others.
If Puntlanders have boosted their
egos in not using the barrel of the gun for advancing their interest but
negotiations, after the news of Jama Ali Jam’s endorsement from Garowe
meeting, clan passions are high in Bossaso and every clan is organizing
and equipping it self to the teeth. The port, the airport, and the four
police stations are under the control of Jama ALi Jama and Yusuf X. Nuur
loyalists/clan cousins. In fact both the heads and deputies of any
important facility in Bosaso are under the control of Jama Ali Jama's clan
cousins. Jama Ali Jama and his elk believe that it is their god given
right to lead Puntland and the rest should tag tow. The reality of the
ground might support him; Who ever end controlling Bossaso will control
Puntland. Now Jama Ali Jama and his cohorts control the port city of
Bosaso! But how long?
What is more perplexing in these
crises is Garowe’s deception and betrayal of long held Puntland Agenda.
Both their traditional Isims and famous personalities are in the take of
Arta. Traditionally Isse mahamuds were the least to expect in wrecking a
Majerten ship, let alone Puntland’s yearning for statehood under
federalism. It was not foreseen that Garad Garase would become a fervent
supporter of Arta initiative and choose the highest bidder in return of
his services. It was not foreseen the old self of Islam Mohamed Islam Muse
would re-appear again as he was a known puppet of Siad Barre's regime. He
was the only powerful traditional figure from Puntland who ever met with
Siad Barre, face in face and accepted Siads Government. No other Powerful
Majerten Isim ever met and accepted the legitimacy of Siad Barre's
Government, including the Beldaje of Ali Saleeban.
In hindsight it was wrong to make
the capital of the region in a one-clan city. The history of Mogadishu in
Somali politics should have rung a bell, when selecting a capital for
Puntland. The outcome of these crises must be the negation of Garowe to be
the seat of Puntland state, knowingly and predictably that might force Isa
Mahamoud politicians in the mercy of C/Qasim’s hands. The behavior of
Garowe in the last few months is sickening and unacceptable to a fledging
democracy. The damage caused by the course of action its traditional
leaders have chosen is irreversible. The lights are becoming dimmer by the
day for Garowe to keep and sustain the Capital of Puntland. Garowe was a
state capital, but its traditional leaders and politicians supported an
initiative that would not accept the existence of statehood in Somali
Politics, that itself should have explained a lot! What was expected from
Garowe was to be the most resisted to Centralism in Somalia!!
Bosaso or Galkacio should have
been chosen for the capital of Puntland. Bosaso is a multi clan city of
Harti clan conglomerate, where no one clan will be able to dictate, while
Galkacio has a tradition of not giving a weight to the traditional Isims.
In Galkacio, politicians, businessmen and elites have more weight than the
Isims. It is the only place in Puntland where Politicians can force the
traditional Isims to accept the voices of the public unlike Garowe.
Galkacio clans are also more egalitarian than any other place in Somalia.
The lone warrior, Abdullahi Yusuf
has more than many ways to tip the balance on what ever he favors. But
should realize his time to exit is long overdue. A pure, honest and broad
straight shooter who had never been comfortable with the cutthroat
Politics of Somalia, and who endured the illegitimate criticism on his
peace efforts and negotiations on Galkacio with Sacad Habargidir. In final
analysis he was right to seek peaceful negotiations with the Habargidir in
Muduq, even though both Hassan Abshir and Jama ali Jama were in the camp
of Gen. Haman who publicly criticized the peace efforts of Abdullahi Yusuf
in galkacio at that time. His long stand against Al-Ittihad elements,
earned him the support of the international community. He has a hinge and
peculiarity of never gaining anything in an easy manner, always gets
through in the hardest imaginable way, who never new anyway else. That
characteristic alone most likely had re-enforced the perception of him as
a strongman or dictator. Still it is clear, that the crisis of Puntland is
his own making, as he created not a single independent institution in
Puntland, beside the police and army. Instead of concentrating the
business of Puntland he concentrated the Somali peace process, which gave
the public an impression of him using Puntland as a step to further his
political future in the big pot of Somali Carcass.
Once again the Majerten bickering
is alienating other clans in Puntland. If these crises have proven any
thing, it has proven the self-absorption and disregard of Majertens to the
voices of large non-Majerten clans in Puntland. These crises made Some
Puntland citizens, feel as second-class citizens whose voices have no
power of persuasion. This insult will be hard to be cured in the future.
Not only that, but re-enforced the sixties conception of Mahamoud Saleeban
It seems Majertens are not
learning the lessons of the past any time soon. A magudbayaal since 1969.