GAROWE IS NO LONGER THE SHANTY VILLAGE OF 1998

Garowe April 16, 2019 – In 1998 before the foundation of Puntland State of Somalia, GAROWE, the Capital City of the first Federal State of Somalia, was a squatter-like village of poor neighborhoods with no revenue or business income other than ladys’ stalls selling dark stale tea and street vendors of the stimulant green leaves, Chat, Kat, Qat, imported from Kenya and Ethiopia, from historically the neighbourhood enemies of Somalia, the only noticeable business life in the then dying village of Garowe, with no prospect for survival as even road travelers from Galkayo to the Port City of Bosaso didn’t brother to stop at for a few cups of stale sugary tea at street vendors ran by the ladies from the shanty huts along the main highway to Bosaso.
Most residents of GAROWE had left either to Galkayo or Bosaso where business activities and modicum of public service delivery were in their early stages of improvement Garowe had four places to spend a rough night sleeping on mats with blankets to shield off the dust and nuisance of swams of mosquitoes and persistant flies. They called themselves hotels and included the Daawad, Nugaal, Guureeye and Bulshaale. At least they had an abundance of mats to sleep on for their over-night staying guests.
In the village, due to shortage of business revenue, the two bigger sub-clan didn’t buy stuff from each other, only from their respective sub-clan clients. It happened so often that the teashop ladies failed to secure customers during the day and so, they pour lots of tea from thermos out into streets, feeding swams of flies and other insects, and thus adding to the problem of not staying on in Garowe. At time, there was not a single two-storey building in the village. It is an amazing story to tell that Garowe City today is dominated by sky-scrapers and modern city towers of the 21st century equipped with lifts and state of the art restrooms. I didn’t see swimming pools as yet, but don’t get surprised if you would find one soon to cool off from the burning heat of 40 degrees Celsius.
Enter the establishment of the State of Puntland. The first smart move the residents of Garowe did was to willingly host the delegates to the two Founding Congresses of the new state-to-be with free accommodation and security militia for the venue of the meetings. It is a generous gesture leading to the status of Garowe as the Capital of the new state. Two ministers out of only nine State ministere were allocated for Nugaal Region alone, an unprecedented move by then the Late President of PL, AUN, Abdullahi Yusuf.
Garowe had suddenly been exposed to power, money and political influence of a Capital City. Within weeks following the creation of the State, one could see the yesterday’s village was experiencing dramatic changes in lifestyle too, city’s ladies becoming keen and attentive to make-up, manicure and pedicure, nail coloring with the beginning of socialites and urban decadence. The City started to grow and expand, becoming slightly multicultural with caution as they said, “Nugaali waa labo daan” ( Nugaal is between two hills), which implies that no trespassing is allowed on this hill from inhabitants of the other hill.
Unfortunately, that good reputation of Garowe has been tarnished at that time by an influence peddling group known as “Aaran Jaan” (The Kids of Devil). How did they come about? A committee of Garowe youth had been appointed by Garowe elders with the consent of the Puntland Government to collect and audit the public debt incurred in Garowe in the duration of the Two Founding Congresses. Garowe residents, despite their initial offer of hosting the delegates free of charge, went back to break their promises and demanded compensation for food and accommodation for guest-delegates. The Aaran Jaan-to-be Youth Committee collected public debt, mismanaged and misappropriated funds upto the exorbitant amount of two and half billion Somali Shillings (about US dollars two hundred and fifty thousand, a lot of money at the time). The Group composing today of a few core individuals from the original group was born out of corruption, theft of public money, illegal business contracts and political influence peddling. They have even infiltrated into and established their influence in the Offices of Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre and President Farmaajo, acting as spokesmen for Puntland interests in Mogadishu, thus securing voice and influence in Federal appointments of personnel of Puntland origin. They now believe, and rightly is perceived by Puntland public that they had created not only the current Puntland Administration, but also run it through their man at the top.
Garowe today is a fast growing modern capital city with almost all facilities of 21st century. Its town planning is 2nd to none in Somalia. The peaceful environment of Garowe and the friendliness of its residents and their hunger for business deals makes it an attractive town to visit from all corners of Somalia, and mainly from Mogadishu and Hargeisa with considerable number of job seeking youth coming from Southwest State of Somalia and from various towns in Somaliland.
Welcome to the Capital City of Garowe. It is a pleasure to see you in town.
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  1. Asc md ismail wn ku salamay salan bacdigeed brother wax badan bd isku walaaqday waxaana qoraalkaagan
    Laga dhadhansan karaa xiqdi iyo xaasidnimo been abuur badanina waa ka buuxaa.
    Balse adigoo aqoonyahan ah Garowena madaxdii ka talinaysay ka mid ahaa isla markaana ku soo kifaaxay Hoteelada jiifka iyo maqayaddaha cunada aad ka cuni jirtay oo weli deyntii lagugu leeyahay inaad si baaxad leh qoraal cadawtinimo baraha bulshada u soo dhigto micnuhu waa ciirtaa dhamaa caydaada yaqaan waxadna ka dhigantahay sagaaradii bada ku nacaysay kaadid ee plz towba dheh af xumaduna karaamaday qaadaa ee ogow

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  2. Ina Haji warsamow waxaad qortay wax nin miyir qabaa qoro ma ahan bilow illaa dhammadna waa cay iyo gef meel ku dhac ah magaalo madaxda iyo dadka deggen intaba.

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  3. Dear Ismail. I new you in 1998 and that is biggest wrong ever did to allow you and your uncle to came in garowe because of you did write what you wrote in your blog which is non sense to local garowenians. Any way Mr ismail I will send you by mail the complete history of garowe in a different sectors it had from 1998 up to to 2019. Bro garowe was the only city comparing the cities such as Galkacyo and Bosaso.

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  4. Qoraa aan xirfad u lahayn inuu is waafajiyo ciwaanka iyo qoraalka baa iila eg-tahay. Ma aflagaada dad gooni ah ku socdaa mise waa mid koox ku socda bal adba!!

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  5. Dear Isnael,
    I hope this finds you, read through you article and seems bit excagerated in some areas is true though taking a bad sample for some hotels is completely a mistake. This damages the dignity of the owners…
    Sure Garowe is a fast growing city with many

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    1. On the other hand, I approved all negative comments as a moderator to show my bold views in all welcoming you all. I resisted the temptation to respond to some readers whose minds are not trained enough to take judge the article on merit and take it into context and history.

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    Ahmed
    April 20, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    Asc md ismail wn ku salamay salan bacdigeed brother wax badan bd isku walaaqday waxaana qoraalkaagan
    Laga dhadhansan karaa xiqdi iyo xaasidnimo been abuur badanina waa ka buuxaa.
    Balse adigoo aqoonyahan ah Garowena madaxdii ka talinaysay ka mid ahaa isla markaana ku soo kifaaxay Hoteelada jiifka iyo maqayaddaha cunada aad ka cuni jirtay oo weli deyntii lagugu leeyahay inaad si baaxad leh qoraal cadawtinimo baraha bulshada u soo dhigto micnuhu waa ciirtaa dhamaa caydaada yaqaan waxadna ka dhigantahay sagaaradii bada ku nacaysay kaadid ee plz towba dheh af xumaduna karaamaday qaadaa ee ogow
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    Ismail Warsame
    April 20, 2019 at 2:48 pm
    Ahmed, markaan anigu aannan dan u galin aflagaadadaada, bal dadka u sheek hal eray ee been-abuur ah ee maqaalka aan ku daray. Tobanaan Reer Garowe ah ayaa iigu hambalyeeyey qoraalka.
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    Ismail Warsame
    April 20, 2019 at 3:16 pm
    Tan kale, Axmed, maqaalku wuxuu ka sheekaynayaa hurumarka Garowe iyo dadka ku nool sameeyeen 20-kii sano ee ugu dambeysay. Maba aadan fahmin dulucda maqaalka, nasiib daro.
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    Gallayr
    April 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm
    Ina Haji warsamow waxaad qortay wax nin miyir qabaa qoro ma ahan bilow illaa dhammadna waa cay iyo gef meel ku dhac ah magaalo madaxda iyo dadka deggen intaba.
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    Ismail Warsame
    April 22, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    Mahadsanid!
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    Abdkadir Jama Mohamed
    April 21, 2019 at 3:21 am
    Dear Ismail. I new you in 1998 and that is biggest wrong ever did to allow you and your uncle to came in garowe because of you did write what you wrote in your blog which is non sense to local garowenians. Any way Mr ismail I will send you by mail the complete history of garowe in a different sectors it had from 1998 up to to 2019. Bro garowe was the only city comparing the cities such as Galkacyo and Bosaso.
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    Sharma’arke Jama
    April 22, 2019 at 5:56 pm
    Qoraa aan xirfad u lahayn inuu is waafajiyo ciwaanka iyo qoraalka baa iila eg-tahay. Ma aflagaada dad gooni ah ku socdaa mise waa mid
     
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    Dear Isnael,
    I hope this finds you well, read through your article and seems bit excagerated in some areas its true, though taking a bad sample for some hotels is completely a mistake. This damages the dignity of the owners…
    Sure Garowe is a fast growing city with many

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  7. Dear Isnael,
    I hope this finds you well, read through your article and seems bit excagerated in some areas its true, though taking a bad sample for some hotels is completely a mistake. This damages the dignity of the owners…
    Sure Garowe is a fast growing city with many

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