Garowe, September 3, 2020
A group of us, mostly friends, colleagues and more, came to chat recently on Somali and Puntland political issues, unplanned in a typical Somali round-table ad hoc fashion. The informal discussions were going to all directions and corners of important issues, when suddenly one Said asked the question: “Why do good people turn bad once in power?” It was an open Question to all. None of us, however, had examined whether the premises of the question were sound, to start with. None answered the question satisfactorily, for a politician is everything but good. None of us also remembered the famous quote “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. And none of us had acknowledged the fact that a politician in power isn’t necessarily a leader or vice versa.

Other questions raised at the table included: “Who could tell what Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni would bring to the table in Mogadishu talks between FGS, FMSs and IC? Would he be able to articulate Puntland case, not to mention about the bigger picture of moving Somalia forward?” The consensus was that President Deni’s style of leadership is that He Alone was “All-Knowing” and he sees no need for institutional or expert support; that he was one-man show aided by teenages and body-guards for his daily governmental  operations.

None among us was sure what President Said Deni want out of current Mogadishu talks – to forget about the expectations of the people of Puntland, and raising their political awareness of the issues at stake.

One gentleman among us was impressed by the lately inclusive politics of Jubaland President, Ahmed Madoobe, in utilizing all Jubaland human resources available, including his presidential rivals, experienced politicians inside and outside his cabinet and subject matter experts, while President Deni was acting like lone gunman in consequential interactions with FGS, FMSs and international community.

We can only hope for good news for  Puntland from our “All-Knowing” President, Said Abdullahi Deni.

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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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