Dayton Accord on Yugoslavia Bosnia- Herzegovina in 1995 was extracted under secrecy, arms-twisting and total news blackout in the US town of Dayton.

It includes, among other prohibitions, bringing parties into a room, ordering news blackout, restricting media efforts to cover news, making maximum humiliation for the members of entourage below the rank of heads of the delegations, who are kept in the dark.

With President Farmaajo, there is no public transparency of state affairs. Here is what happened in Garowe too in May 2019 Meeting.

Garowe, 8, 2019

“Democracy dies in the darkness”

GAROWE talks between the leaders of Somali Central Government and member states of the Federal Government have been taking place at Puntland Presidency for several days now in complete and unprecented secrecy. The nation doesn’t have a clue on what is being discussed on its behalf.

Leaders at talks had even excluded their own members of respective delegations from the talks. The talks are off-limit to senior political advisors and experts. No lawyers or economists are available or needed there. It is a gathering of laymen as leaders of a nation in trouble, where fundamental issues of nation-building are being deliberated with no inputs from subject matter experts. It is a gathering where knowledge, experience on statecraft and history are not required. It turned out to be a few laymen in closed door session. It is suspicious and worrisome to the members of the general public. It is unsettling to the members of various delegations to Garowe Meeting from Mogadishu, Kismayo, Baydhaba, DusaMareb and Jowhar as well as members at all levels of Puntland Government.

Local and international Media outlets are being kept in the dark. Nobody knows what is being cooked up in a secret room in Puntland Presidency. The entire Somali nation is shut off to follow the progress or even the agenda of the GAROWE Meeting. The talks look like board-room bargaining, debating on how to divide and share stocks among some wealthy traders. Positive outcome expected from this secret meeting, therefore, is as good as micromort.

It doesn’t sound right. We demand the right to know what is being debated on our behalf as a nation. We demand daily briefing of what is being discussed at Garowe Gathering.


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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