“The State President is the only official one has to meet with on anything related to Puntland government, the Elders are the ones to seek a personal favour to kick-start one’s political and professional career, one has to be a religiously looking or sheikh to get into local retail and money transfer business” etc. These are some examples of prevailing attitude and culture that had solidly developed in Puntland for the past 20 years of self-government, based on my personal observations and past experience on Puntland ways.
Published by Ismail Warsame
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: firstname.lastname@example.org View all posts by Ismail Warsame