Garowe, September 4, 2019

Yes, GAROWE Mayor could have done a much better job, if only there were not some influencial residents in his way, and these are not the owners of herds of annoying and wandering City goats and collectors of loose cats in town, but politicians, merchants, security forces and influence peddling folks in Garowe. They are putting road-blocks on the mayor’s way to badly needed reforms in the City against the backdrop of clannish mentality on jobs, land/property and culture.

Until those socio-economic impediments are removed, there is little any Garowe Mayor could do before his term in office is up again to go through the traditional two-sided sub-clan rotation with no consideration for the civic rights of other residents in town, a capital city modeling after Mogadishu.


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:

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