When you fail to take the lead in a crisis situation, someone else would eventually step in to fill the leadership vacuum. That is exactly what has happened in DusaMareeb FMS Meeting, GalMudugh, Somalia, in the past few days, when the Federal Member States took the initiative to break Somalia’s current governance impasse. 

The problem lies in Farmaajo-Khayre fundamental policy of dismantling the Federal Institutions (FIs) and Constitutional Structures (CSs). It is a political problem of their own making by ignoring socio-economic realities in Somalia and the legacy of vicious civil war of 1980s-2000s. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo never understood that Federalism in Somalia came about as a defacto rather than dejure, following the War and inherent loss of public trust in common central institutions. The so decentralized regions of Somalia were waiting for the establishment of a re-negotiated FIs to restore public trust in government again. President Farmaajo, not only had failed in that regard, but also worked hard to dismantle the modest gains of the people in creating the 2nd Republic of Somalia. Like his predecessors, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, he had underestimated the strengths of that federal arrangements.


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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