Open letter to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
EDITORIAL: Dear President, We are writing to congratulate you on a deserved victory. At Garowe Online, we not solely rejoice the historical past you could have made, changing into the primary particular person re-elected to energy in fashionable Somalia historical past, as properly as opening a brand new chapter of hope for Somalia. We consider your victory marks the top of impunity and the start of a tradition the place regulation, not character, issues.
Your victory has come at a vital time. Somalia wants a pacesetter who can tackle the burdens it faces and assist remedy the issues which have plagued the nation for a long time. For this, Sir, we anticipate that it’s possible you’ll not have time for a honeymoon. The receiving bin awaiting you is full and overflowing.
To start with, Somalia wants satisfactory safety. For years we’ve got trusted overseas help to strengthen our safety businesses. In the regime you’re changing, these safety businesses have turned to Somalis as focused enemies moderately than persevering with the pursuit of al-Shabaab, the enemy of all. It would assist for those who modified the notion, Mr. President, that our police, navy and intelligence officers solely serve the political elite in authorities. Your obligation will probably be to deliver these officers in line, to ensure that they make the general public moderately than be scared. But it does imply that you’ll make sure that their well-being is totally taken care of. These safety businesses will want common pay and different social points to make sure that they don’t grow to be criminals terrorizing residents.
Somalia’s insecurity, nevertheless, is advanced and has been instantly linked to present poverty. Many of our teens have joined al-Shabaab as a result of they consider it provides higher alternatives and safety than the federal authorities. Of course, that is only a false perception. Part of your fast obligation, Mr. President, is to dissuade these teens from becoming a member of al-Shabaab, by promising and activating higher social packages. We will want higher schooling, higher financial alternatives and higher social justice.
This will price Somalia cash, which it in all probability doesn’t have, so your authorities should rekindle heat relations with companions overseas. We do not want a Somalia that wishes to isolate itself from actuality. We can keep away from interference from overseas entities, however we can not shut our doorways and faux that we are able to overcome the issues we face with out assist.
Somalia goes to wish a proper authorized framework. It will want a structure to right the deficiencies that exist in governance right now. It will want a authorized framework to assist your authorities manage common, free and honest elections in the long run, based mostly on a predetermined process. This will give us certainty and keep away from prolonging an electoral cycle that has exhausted our energies for greater than a yr.
But maybe the simplest factor you possibly can do immediately is to hold your door open. You are going to listen to many options from many individuals who suppose they’ve concepts on tips on how to enhance our nation. You could not agree with everybody, however permitting an atmosphere the place various viewpoints are aired and mentioned with out concern may assist dispel fears folks have concerning the new administration. Only you possibly can implement the change you promised.