Contagious Political Deadlock Syndrome (CPDS)

By Abdihafid Yassin Hussein, Garowe, Puntland.

Contagious Political Deadlock Syndrome (CPDS) occurs as result of years of dictatorship and iron fist rule. The Modus Operandi of these dictators is to divide and rule with intention to target its political opponents by regional entity, ethnicity or clan to oppress them. The impact often is catastrophic and leaves behind an irreversible psychological damage. The political elites of the oppressed political opponents come into conclusions that dictates to free themselves from the grip of their oppressors and stablish their own political identity. Both situations serve well for colonial agendas; 1- Creating dictators for certain societies so that you manage them with help of dictators 2- When those societies get free from their dictators, it is very hard they come back together again and form unitary government, hence, end up divided, fragmented and easily controllable society. In this respect, you see CPDS pattern of governance across nations that experienced brutal dictatorship rule. Below are countries experiencing CPDS now
1- Somalia
2- Ethiopia
3- Sudan (in the process)
4- [Eritrea] (in the near future)
5- Djibouti (in the near future)
There is one country that experienced brutal civil war and survived from CPDS pattern of governance though. It is Rwanda with its long visioned leader. What is the way out of this contagious political deadlock syndrome? Well, there are strictly 3 ways available options and here they are:

1- Leadership that brings them together
2- Total break up [from the past]
3- Powerfu[l] forces that bring them together again

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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