Two major political developments post civil war Somalia, defacto decentralization (Federalism) and de jure (Constitutional Federalism) have been both under constant threat of unraveling since ascention to power by former President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, and former Puntland State President, Dr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (Gaas ).

You may not know that the danger is coming not only from Villa Somalia alone, but also from lack of Puntland community awareness about the constant brash of propaganda campaigns and subtle media influence to restore Somalia to her orginal One City-State Status and One-man Rule.
The fact of the matter is that former Puntland leader, Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gas, has been doing the biggest damage to the hard-won gains of Federalism by cutting devil’s deals of destroying Federal System with former Somalia’s President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (HSM) and President Farmaajo, in their unceasing attempts to unravel the Constitution by completely re-drafting it and using stalling tactics to never finish the Review Process.
Puntland leaders had abandoned all together the policies and narative of federalism. Now, a situation has been created, where even the people of Puntland are confused and may turn against the Somalia’s Federal System, completely forgetting yesterday struggles, and, where the country was coming from in terms of trauma of civil war, mass murders, population displacement and massive flight and exodus to refugee camps across the world, not to talk about the severe historical regional under-development brought about by Somalia’s City-State regimes of 1960-1991.
I never worried for the fate of Somalia’s Federalism in 2004 when it was being enshrined in the Constitution than today when we have a federal government in Mogadishu and the Puntland State is 20 years old. That is because Puntland has lost its way by turning her back on all her troubles, struggles and hard-won achievements along the way to re-construct the New Somalia. Puntland leaders have failed their State and people are now aimless and totally confused to see light at end of the tunnel. Puntland youth are daily targets of Facebook propaganda, oblivious to the history of the struggles and sufferings of their parents and grandparents

Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at:


  1. Unfortunately, you are on your own now. You had been on your own in the struggle for independence. You had been on your own to create Puntland and you had been your own to re-install Somalia in Villa Somalia while not expecting any rewards for you have been doing this on your own. And now you are on your own to save Somalia from where it came back 10 years ago. It is your decision time now, and again on your own. Simply put, you are on your own to decide what Somalia shall be or not to be. It is upto you.


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