In the country of “I have been a mujahid”, presidency is possible from negative factors, like bias and prejudice that mostly pull people in different directions, but governance is fashioned by a positive agenda.

The mujahid is elected by the people, and he rules the whole country and its inhabitants right now. So what is it that deters him from fashioning his adminisration through enlightened anf enlarged capacity and upskilled human resources? What is his problem?

In Somaliland, there is no stopping rule for corruption, and whoever rises to presidency, the nation”s highest position, always amasses upulent wealth in oder to find ways to make life miserable for those who publicly oppose his policies, opposition parties in particular.

What saddens most of the people is that the pain of national poverty usually has no effect on whoever occupies the position of Somaliland presidency. Myopic attitude that should be morally repelled grips everyone’s mentality.

As long as the incumbent leader has money, power, and army forces under his control, he can do everything and anything he wants, even get away with murder, commit crimes against humanity, intentionally violate national constitution and pay bribes to prominent public figures and manipulate police forces into doing for whatever evil deeds he tells them to do.

The ability to sense people’s conditions, coupled with the intellect to imagine what others might be thinking or feeling, or what life citizens live is not totally what might make the mujahid in the palace worry. His worries are about how he could build mansions with a modern eye for moody hues!

As long as the mujahid gets into Somaliland presidential palace, disasters that mostly originate from situational poverty, generational poverty, absolute poverty, relative poverty, urban poverty and rural poverty get out of the mujahud’s mind.

It is as if whoever ascends to power takes the rule that politics is not a problem-solving process, but plundering and payments of bribery process. In such instances, who can be the victor that will be having the upper hand in times
of political conflicts and who will be the victim with the eyes tears begin to well from?

Political events are just one aspect of what democracy
demands, that has a space for lost-and-found possibilities. What is lost remains lost and what is found remains vital and functional, particularly when the victor becomes a constitutive part of the whole definition of morality.

Whenever political conflicts do arise in Somaliland, the citizens begin to wail, for nothing is in their hands, the mujahids just speak all that is in their little minds, and the opposion parties contemplate the consequences of the conflict, in the event that the worse will come to the worst.

When the citizens just resort to wailing and worrying, the opposition parties consider Somaliland country and condition of the public, and the mujahids speak all that is in litte minds, whom could we identify as Somaliland’s first adversary, leave alone the winning or losing sides? What makes this question even more intriguing is: whose benefit it is to create Somaliland political conflicts and clashes over how this country is to be led aright?

The answer for above question is clear for all those who
use common sense and care about how this little country could be a country in its own sense. Of course, irrationality accumulates in one’s brain if one ignores the reality that teaches logic that understands things not as they are imagined but as they are in real truth.

The sheer irrationality of continuing a useless policy is doomed to failure. The same goes for this country that is always led with corruption practices, a political corruption that has been keeping this nation in suspense for the last decades. A country with a system that cannot grow from rotten procedures will have no future to flourush.

Apart from having permanent population; a defined territory; government; and the capacity to enter relations with other states, what else can make our country a country? Do you believe that having humpty-dumpty administration that knows nothing else other than gathering and gaining money through illegal procedures can signify Somaliland as a country in the comity of nations?

As shoolars argue, “there is no power for change greater than a nation discovering what it cares about.” Tell me what we care about when it comes governance and its organization? Considering the current political impasse, which party may let the country and its people doom to ill-fate? The parties that always prefer to save the country from all bad possibility? Or the mujahids that speak all that is in their little minds?

Politics without principles is where bad governance begins. A democracy that doesn’t embrace a balance of power breeds poor government. There is no guarantee that a leader will not become a tyrannt if his/her power remains unchecked. A good governance always comes through a system of checks and balance. Proverbially, where there are no principles for every matter, there is no right way (to follow, act, implement) in every trial or transaction.

Somaliland politics can be better understood with a scan below the surface. Tilt the perspective on what seems an obvious fact, and the picture changes to startling effect.

The more we look into Somaliland government system, the more we come across corruption practices diverting resources from the poor to the rich, initiatives to enrich sompe people and improvish others, strategies to distort government expenditures, attempts to deter decent people from doing things rightly by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.

In the country of “I have been a mujahid”, politics is jus a story of one thief replacing another.

To be continued…..
By : Jamafalaag
Hargeisa, Somaliland

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