This article has been updated.

Leaders of Somalia at all levels of the government, except the Federal President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, and Puntland prominent traditional leadership, are currently in Garowe, the state capital of Puntland, to mourn collectively the passing away of important public figures of the nation- the late Puntland Vice-president, Mohamed Abdi Hashi, and late TNG Prime Minister, Hassan Abshir Farah. It is rare to see them together, unless someone dies, which means someone’s death and tragedy are more important to them than the vital interest or salvation of the entire country of Somalia. They couldn’t agree on a single common approach to resolving the existential Somalia’s problems of statecraft, and even, on issues of the very survival of their nation. It is the irony and paradox of Somali politics lately, a public mistrust that disappears momentarily upon someone’s death, and re-starts upon burial of the body. How you would fathom this strange behavior? What is more important than the unity, wellbeing and survival of a nation? What is the natural death of a single person in comparison with the continued existence of a nation-state at stake?
It seems to me that, in order to keep Somali leaders engaged and to maintain them together, one public figure among them has to pass away occasionally. It is a strange phenomenon of Somalis today.

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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