June 29, 2019
Condolences to the Family of Mohamed Qanyare Afrax.
I knew Mohamed Qanyare as a political heavy weight, among South Central warlords of Somalia. He used to say at Somali National Peace and Reconciliation Processes that “every man should be allowed to have a say equal to the sizes of his guns and width of their barrels”
Mr Afrax led a warlord/political coalition of anti-Hirab, another loose warlord/political confederation of Habar-Gedir and Mudulood. He always felt vulnerable and threatened by Hirab’s possible conspiracy against his Murursade clan. He alone had been challenging Hirab hegemony in Mogadishu throughtout the course of the Civil War – the same political threat Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre is feeling now in Mogadishu.
To confront real and perceived security threats, he had managed to establish a strong militia base in Daniile quarters of Mogadishu with a well-ran airstrip connecting his fiefdom to East Africa and beyond. Later, he was the head of the CIA -funded Mogadishu warlord organization,
supposedly fighting terrorism and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), but at the same time opposing the TFG of Somalia that was then just created in 2004, and in which he was also a member, together with his other warlord colleagues.
This is how the USA Intelligence Services in their “War on Terrorism” had messed up Somalia’s File once again.
Mr. Afrax was a shrewd businessman and smart negotiator.
He will be missed by residents of Daniile, his friends and colleagues in Puntland as well