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June 27, 2019

Take a listen and read:

Somali Federal President advocates for a strong Central Government while giving lip service to federalism vs confederalism by accusing his critics of preferring the later. This implies implicitly that Regional Member States are opposing his policies of restoring “One City-State” status to Somalia.

It is quite obvious to keen observers of Somali politics that President Farmaajo doesn’t want to understand, or intentionally ignores the fact that a strong state has three equal branches of government, as opposed to non-existent judiciary, a rubber-stamp parliament and dictatorial executive with no limits to its power and abuses as his Administration is undeniably wrong-headed along that path. Where are the checks and balance of government power? These roles and responsibilities now fall on the Federal Member States, despite their own known short-comings, as they are increasingly worried about Farmaajo-Khayre strong push towards tyranny.

A central government in a federation is required to have strong regional governments to be strong, a condition he doesn’t desire to entertain with. That exposes him badly and puts him on the road to a wishful unitary government bent on repeating yesteryears gross violations of human rights and unchecked absolute power.

Have you ever heard FGS leaders promoting the existing law of the land, the Federal Constitution? Have ever heard them criticizing or confronting those who advocate for unitary government and return of Somalia to one city-state status?

Have you noticed the current FGS leaders are using the social media to mislead the youth and young generation under the banner of “Nabad & Nolool” (N&N) in an attempt to unravel and discredit the Federal Constitution?

It also means that he had learned nothing from the root causes of recent Somali ugly history, communal violence and clan cleansing, particularly in Mogadishu and Hargeisa.

It is therefore fair to conclude that he was missing the march of history and shall be soon branded as uncelebrated failure, who had never understood what went wrong in Somalia.



Postscript: In response to a comment:

Dablariday Dervish what you called tribal demarcation is the real world and realism in Somali clan society. Unless you restore trust among Somali clans after vicious clan cleansing, everybody is afraid for his/her own destiny. Until then, clan fox-holes are here to stay and justified to remain. Clan federalism is the first step towards re-instating Somalia again. Be real. You are better off living within a “tribal demarcation” rather in the abuses of repressive police state.

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


  1. Great and truthful articles. I admire all of articles. all Somalis will follow you depending your desire to lead them to center of information. Your articles are not only information but education. Job well done


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