Please answer the following history questions.

Is federalism in Somalia a defacto or dejure?

What is the legacy of the Somali Civil War? How would you bring Somalia back together again, by force or by consensus?

Under what umbrella system of understanding was agreed upon by all then? How would you start putting Somalia back together?

Is federalism casted on stone or a transitional phase to some other system of governance, subject to further negotiations and civil contracts?

Do our people questioning the wisdom of federalism know that it was the only system all Somalis re-instating the failed of Somalia could agree to as a first step or starting point?

Why do our people keep questioning it when it is the law of the land now, and there is no alternative they have or vehicle to change it?

Do you have an agreeable alternative now by all? Do you still entertain the fallacy that it was foreign imposed by Ethiopia, Kenya and what you may have?

If you wrongly believe that Ethiopia used Abdullahi Yusuf to divide Somalia, why did they help depose him? Why Did Dictator Mengistu Haile-Mariam of Ethiopian Derg put Abdullahi in jail? Why did Abdullahi expell Col. Gabre from Mogadishu?

Do know you that the Late President of the TFG, Abdullahi Yusuf, is the Founder of the 2nd Somali Republic after the First Republic had failed in 1991, re-installing it back into Villa Somalia?

Do you know that since the State of Puntland has failed to develop and claim its heritage and valueless contributions to the revival of the Somali Republic, she had also neglected irresponsibily the fundamental historical fact that its Founder, Abdullahi Yusuf, is also the Founder of the 2nd Somali Republic?

Do you know federalism was agreed upon for the first time by all Somali warring factions, including the “Salbalaar” of Hussein Caydiid, during the failed Cairo Talks in 1997, not in Mbagati in Kenya in 2004?

Do you remember that one of the top prioties of a government is people’s easy access to public services delivery? Who can guarantee this without decentralization of power and regional self-government? How come do you suggest for Somalia to return to “One City-state” government? Are you “Hawtul-Hamag” hell-bent again to fly into an evening hell-fire during the rainy season?

And finally, do you know who is preventing federalism to function, the people or the authorities? Is federal Constitution imposed or agreed to?

Let us know your answers. Have your say.



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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