IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELEVANT?

Garowe, May 9, 2019
“Democracy dies in the dark”
Somalis had proved to the world that a society, in exceptional cases, can survive in chaos and anarchy without a government for a long time – in the Somali way, over three decades of statelessness. That is unimaginable in most societies, and even considered a dangerous precedent to the notion of and justification for having a government, in the first place.

Nevertheless, the world community has been watching idly this mailaise in Somalia for over three decades, allowing extremist elements to metamorph into multiple layers of organized crime

Is that something Somalis are proud of today? What do you think?
Personally, I think that a government is relevant when it is responsive not only to the people, but also delivers public services – first and foremost, maintain law and order, guarantee protection of citizens and properties, safeguard the sovereignty and vital interests of the nation.
Is that what ordinary men and women in Somalia looking for and expecting from local and central governments? Absolutely. Is that what the Federal Government and most federated states are capable of meeting these public responsibilities or trying, at least, to achieve them? I don’t believe they do. If you agree with me in that regard, then what are your reasons for justifying the presence of the leaders of the Federal Government in Garowe, Puntland, to hold secret meetings and negotiations with the heads of regional governments without expert advice, or even witnesses?
If they can’t guarantee law & order in Mogadishu alone, the Seat of the Central Government, what relevance they do possess to have a say in regional affairs other than falsely claiming that they represent all Somalis and using resources obtained under false representation for corrupt objectives and personal gains?
Whom are they accountable to? There is no independent judiciary. The federal and regional parliaments have been fundamentallly bribed, corrupted and weakened into government tools to stay in power and made completely ineffective. Do you see the danger of having unaccountable and unchecked politicians at helm of a modicum of government with little or no institutions? How do you allow such situation to exist? Is that the way you think Somalia would rise up again? Are your expectations of the current Federal Government realistic?
Don’t get me wrong; I am not against the Federal Government. I oppose unchecked politicians at all levels of government.
By Ismail Warsame

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: ismailwarsame@gmail.com

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