Nov 29, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Somalia’s new leader faces old ghosts, but vows unity and trust

Somalia’s new President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has promised to renew ties with neighboring countries and international partners in what he calls an “enduring quest for peace” with the world.

Am President Mohamud was sworn in Thursday in Mogadishu but must first rid himself of the ghosts of the regime he succeeds if he is to focus on his agenda and succeed.

Even as he addresses regional leaders Addressed – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Djibouti’s Ismael Omar Guelleh – diplomats and other dignitaries attending his inauguration in Mogadishu, ghosts of the former regime were not far away, with a public pointing finger interview by ex-intelligence chief Fahad Yasin , who was controversially fired last August televised on his first day in office.


President Mohamud, not new to Villa Somalia, since e r was president from 2012 to 2017 says he understands Somalis’ distrust of the government, promising “to lead it to a better future.”

But first he needs to calm a potential storm. Disgraced ex-intelligence chief Yasin gave a wide-ranging interview to local TV station Gaylan Media on Thursday, in which he accused Prime Minister Hussein Roble of replacing him with Mahad Salad, a man whose record was dirtier. Mr Yasin did not elaborate.

Mr Yasin was barred from running for a seat in Parliament and his complaint against the government over his dismissal at the Supreme Court was also later dismissed on formal grounds. The timing of the interview may have been strange but it was indicative of what Mr. Mohamud must do as Prime Minister Roble is certain to leave office as he is from the same clan as the President.

The intelligence information The dispute was hastened by the disappearance and death of spy agent Ikran Tahlil, who Mr Roble later claimed was killed by al-Shabaab. Her body was never found.

Her death could potentially haunt President Mohamud’s government as her family is still demanding answers about her death and the matter ruined relations between Mr Roble and then-President Mohamed Farmaajo.

On Thursday, Mr Farmaajo, his predecessor Sheikh Sharif Ahmed and President Mohamud held hands in a show of unity.

“I call on all my fellow citizens to support his success and pray for him. I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who contributed to smooth and peaceful elections,” Mr. Farmaajo said after the inauguration.

Nevertheless, President Mohamud promised to start rebuilding the country, including addressing immediate problems for the country now suffering from constant attacks by al-Shabaab and a gripping drought and famine that threatens the lives of more than seven million people.

When he took power for the second time, Mohamud swore reconciling the country’s divided political factions and establishing proper relations with neighbors after years of diplomatic wrangling. He met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta later that evening and vowed to open diplomatic channels to address ongoing disputes between their two countries.

For Kenya, a troop contribution to African Union forces in Somalia (ATMIS) , Somalia’s stability also means security for Kenyan citizens.

“A peaceful, democratic and stable Federal Republic of Somalia means a peaceful, secure and prosperous Republic of Kenya and a peaceful East African community, Igad and the Horn of Africa Region,” said Kenya’s Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who attended the afternoon bilateral meeting in Mogadishu, held after the inauguration.

Kenyatta welcomed the peaceful transfer of power and said the president’s previous term had been closer regional cooperation forged.

“Kenya warmly welcomes the peaceful transfer of power,” remarked Kenyat ta and stressed his country’s willingness to work with Somalia’s new leadership.

Among those accompanying him was Kenyan President Peter Munya, secretary of the Agriculture Cabinet, who has been on bad books in the past when Mohamud said that country between 2012 and 2016.

Munya, the then governor of Meru, had approached Somaliland to persuade them to buy Miraa with a promise that he could advocate for their independence. Somaliland is a region north of Somalia that declared independence 30 years ago but is not recognized worldwide.

Good relations

Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed received a standing ovation as he welcomed the guests greeted in Somali. Ahmed’s delegation included ethnic Somali officials in Ethiopia, including the deputy leader of the ruling Prosperity Party, Adem Farah, the German Finance Minister, Ahmed Shide, as well as the security adviser to Prime Minister Redwan Hussein and the President of the Somali region, Mustafa Omer Agjar, among others.

< p>Djibouti’s President Guelleh, arguably the longest-serving leader in the Horn of Africa, pledged fraternal cooperation.

President Mohamud said he would continue to consult with Somaliland on the status of its future as Somalia’s federal region, the indicating that dialogue will be his tool. He also said that his country will remain neutral in the international arena while making friends with countries that respect its sovereignty and will seek to address common issues such as Al-Shabaab terror and poverty.

” The event we are witnessing today {inauguration} is an example of the restoration of democracy in Somalia,” he said, stressing that the Somalis, except when the country was ruled under military rule for 21 years (1969-1991), always had democracy in mind.

He said reconciliation and peaceful coexistence were his government’s priorities. “In order to achieve real reconciliation, we will address everything that citizens feel,” he said.

“An important tool for promoting reconciliation is the completion of the review and implementation of the interim constitution,” said the President, adding that democratization aims to restore power to the people by enabling citizens to vote and be elected.

On the ongoing effects of the drought, he said; “We can no longer survive the months of providing water to the drought-affected people and the subsequent rescue of the flood-affected people,” he called for better action.

He pledged to work to hold state institutions accountable and address the national debt with international financial institutions.

Somalia’s governance is flawed at both the national and federal levels, corruption is rampant and al-Shabaab fighters are still a major threat, even firing mortar shells at the airport before the inauguration.