By Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye
Ever since Dahir Kahin, Somaliland’s ex-president left the presidency, the country’s security, political, and political status has drastically declined. The new president took charge of the state affairs with much expectation, but the situation went from bad to worse: in less than first 100 days in office, 200 ONLF rebels invaded Somaliland openly crossing from western coast with little resistance and marched to other end of the Ethiopian-Somaliland border in broad daylight to destabilize Ethiopia! It was the worst security failure Somaliland ever witnessed since 1991. The president messed up the entire country out of folly and his notoriety for inborn impulsiveness.
Silanyo’s regime sacked all security experts in the country without any explanations. The few countries who used to deal with Somaliland government openly begun to take caution— an accusation of Islamist elements in the government repeatedly published by the international press—but president Silanyo’s regime neither denies nor confirms but maintains silence. The absence of October Suicide Bombing commemoration ceremony of the victims in his two and half years in office proved that the regime is serving for militant group who massacred the innocent civilians and showered his election campaigns with limitless money therefore; he does not want to upset them by holding un-Islamic festivities against his so called Islamic brethren! Always rewarding criminals was his way of politics. He is the champion of Islamists phony causes and Emir of all-radicalism believers unlike his fake portrayal of democratic man during past elections.
Samale crisis reoccurred costing the job of a senior military commander Mr Jidhif but the civilian casualties were minimal.
Two sisterly tribes fought over water resources in Kalshale, unimportant place and soon Silanyo’s green ministers lacking in conflict resolution intervened in the insignificant matter but the intervention was counterproductive: a Khatumo state born to fight their secession to restore tribal fiefdom! Animosity and hostility of the earlier 80s has returned; people from Abud Waq and Ogadenia were fighting for what they perceived to be naked aggression against their little sister sub-clan in different territory. The government’s intervention was construed to take side with east Buroa tribe.
Las- Anod residents went to the fight because they accused Silanyo’s tribe of pursuing decades old vendetta, however; the casualties of both parties were many.
The Kuwait government allocated and gave 10 million Dollar funds to Hargaysa airport to expand its runways of 2 or more kilometers. The minister of aviation and the president decided to divide the finance after the airport is shut down temporarily for one year pretending as construction is under way and begun digging some holes in the runway with shovels under abdirizaq Omani’s supervision.
Fattening their pockets unknowingly without turning a single stone let alone maintenance! A senior consultant of non-Habarjeclo tribe of the ministry of aviation was unfairly fired to conceal the ongoing embezzlements of the president and his loyal servant in charge of airport affairs.
The consultant, truly professional and highly educated, defected to Sheikh Sharif and presented his credentials to recommend him to International Civil Aviation (ICOA) in Nairobi and he was nominated for Somalia’s airspace coordinator or similar title. Having the contacts of the Kuwait government while holding high position in UN agency for civil aviation, he informed Kuwait not to release the whole amount but to check what is done in the first place and then release in installments and make field trips to the airport to check if anything is done which isn’t I believe as they use shovels and wheelbarrows like digging a toilet whenever the President claims finishing the job if they are serious to help Somalis’ travel. Ultimately, the project is on hold.
In addition, the gradual dismantle of the national security which started with the ONFL mighty invasion, not infiltration, into heartlands of Somaliland culminated in the largest massive evacuation of Westerns and dual nationals in Somaliland since 80s when SNM launched deadly attacks in Somaliland major cities and towns.
The security shrinking has been increasing over the years but the mass evacuations which usually occur only in war zones were beyond everyone’s expectation.
Dirye is Somaliland Activist and Senior Editor at the
Democracy Chronicle Africa’s News Edition,
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