They say democracy dies in the darkness. It is equally true democracy suffers from demagoguery. Nowadays, a trend sets in Somali politics. It is News Blackout and subsequent public confusion as a result of a situation whereby the general public is kept in the dark on what is happening in their government. This confusion led to disappointment and loss of hope for the future for most Somalis. Man, by nature, thrives on hope for better days to come. Despite the prevailing difficulties in his life, he keeps struggling if he knows steps are being taken to improve his plight.
Strangely, there is a dangerous political culture Somali politicians are learning from Farmajo Regime: Absolute News Blackouts on running public affairs and occasional demagoguery speeches. This means no transparency and accountability in public affairs. It is an artificial creation of despair and disillusionment in the minds of the general public. It is a removal of better tomorrow from the public psychology and discourse. It is the beginning of social decay and dystopian situation.
If the successors of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo were to salvage the situation from getting even worse, they have to act fast to unlearn Farmajo’s ways in public policy, and get real with the Somali public in transparency manners that incite and inspire people in their bitter struggle for better future.
(Feature picture: In the absence of the President due to sickness or incapacity to perform his duties, the Speaker of the Lower House acts as the President in overseeing the installation of the New PM, Hamse Abdi Barre.)
PS. This editorial was edited after posting.