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Published On: Tue, Feb 14th, 2017

History Repeats Itself.

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The election of President Aden Osman and Abdirashid Sharmaarke in 1967 was acclaimed

the first democratically elected in Africa. President Farmajo electon of 8thFeb. 2017 is also

historic event that solidified the desire of the Somali people to have a Government dedicated

to the welfare of the people and restore the images of the country in the world scene. Somalia

is a country that has fallen below normal condition in terms of human lives, degeneration of land

scape, and lose of nationalistic aspiration. As a result of the collapse of Government institutions

we were listed as a failed state.

In addition of the above mentioned paralysis, foreign interference in the affairs of the country was

and still  apparent. The two countries which made advantages over the collapse of our country

are Ethiopia and Kenya. It is true both are our eternal neighbors. However, they should not consider

how our people are sensitive to flagrant interference in the affairs of the county. I hope they will take

a note about the election result. Respecting each others’ sovereignty is a dominant principle

that each country cherishes..

There immense  natural resources, which if jointly harnessed, will improve the living standard of

the people of the 3 countries. The zeal and determination the parliamentarians had showed was

commendable. I hope from now on, their  guiding principle will be the right man for the right

place. The President can over come any hurdle he faces in executing his tasks as long as he has the

support of the Parliament. There are those who express pessimistic view and say once he appointed

a Prime Minister, struggle for mistrial positions will start and any one who looses a position will retract

his pelage to support the President.  It is a human egoism to lobby for higher position. But if one fails,

no reason to be impediment in the smooth running of the work of the Government.

It is a fact that there are people who amassed wealth wrongly or rightly during the long

period of lawlessness in every major cities of the country. They abhor Government control.

They belief accountability and transparency are against their interests. No government can

function   without tax. In every municipality in the country ,they collect taxes from the venders who

sale merchandizes along the streets. However, the majority of big business owners rarely pay

taxes to the central Government unless they pay under hidden operation.

The country is subjected the worst drought endangering  both human and animals. Internal

displacement  occurred in the country searching availability of water and grazing. The impact of the drought is beyond the ability of the Government to mitigate unless foreign help arrives timely. Under the present condition, every Somali, wherever he/she live, is morally and ethically bound to contribute

 

fund to the Committees established in every region. Despite early warning signs, no  preparation

was made for this catastrophic climatically changes. Somalis are resilient to  and with the mercy

of Allah, let us pray early onset of Go’o rain.

One of the pressing problems facing the country is unemployment, especially young people. Those who graduated from the Universities have low professional talent to find jobs. English is the means of communication for international agencies and foreign NGOs working in the country. Because, most of the graduates have low English language proficiency, foreign agencies hire Kenyans as counterparts.

The fault is not with the graduates. Universities failed to teach intensive English lessons to the students.,

Equally, the Government, whether be North or South failed to control the courses syllabus and enforce

teaching English as a subject. The time is ripe now to form full-fledged committee to screen out which

university has the ranks of international recognition and which is not. It is unbearable for the parents to pay tuitions in hard currency and at the end of graduation their children have no professional know how to work with.

 

In conclusion, the election of President Formajo signifies the peoples’ desire to have a government which fulfills their felt needs, politically, economically, and sociality. I also give credit to EX-President

Hassan how in a dignified manner withdrew from the election at the right time.

Our people yearn for peace and prosperity. Let us open our hearts to each other and hope new era

of positive changes. The task waiting for the President is arduous and he can only accomplish his

mandate if he has full support from the Regional Heads and Parliament.

Mohamed Bahal

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