Somalia: Open letter to Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni
EDITORIAL | Somalia 2022 was eventful. It emerged from the brink of battle with peaceable elections. And it as soon as once more reminded the world of its enduring custom of respecting the result of democratic processes.
Based mostly on that, we might have dashed onto Liddo seashore to have a good time. Besides there’s something else, the small matter of politics in Puntland.
That’s the reason we wished to jot down overtly to Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni. For weeks now, there was debate over whether or not he intends to increase his time period past the 2024 deadline. And that suspicion has constructed into what might develop into a degrading characteristic of our politics: violence.
We hope we do not get there. Nevertheless it will depend on Denis’ management abilities. First, Deni should come ahead and overtly make clear the political plan for Puntland. Because the oldest and most secure federal state in Somalia, Puntland should present a management instance to comrades struggling to meet up with their ability. Does he plan to increase his time period? Has he defined the explanations? And are the explanations legitimate? These are questions he can put to stakeholders and topic them to debate and compromise.
Sadly, Deni has not favored this path up to now, permitting suspicions to unfold. It is harmful.
However Puntland doesn’t must be good. Previously, an issue like this appeared and Puntland survived, intact. One of many founders, Abdullahi Yusuf, had his time period expire in 2001. And he tried to last more, however stakeholders rejected him however gave him a window: he might rule once more.
When he agreed to barter with the opposition, the battle was handled. In fact, Yusuf went on to develop into one of many Somali leaders after the state collapsed, a sign that one’s path to greatness needn’t be a straight one. It simply must hearken to the voices.
At this time, Deni has a alternative: Wait longer than 2024 or expose your self to a free and truthful competitors. If he wins, Somalis have at all times proven that they stick with the winner and nobody will get cheated. That must be the custom.
However how does Deni deal with it? He has been silent and performed his politics by political actions that can’t communicate for him.
One argument put ahead is that Puntland wants to organize for common suffrage, the one-person-one-vote (1P1V) election. In 2021, pattern polls of 1P1V within the municipal elections in Eyl, Ufeyn and Quardho district went as deliberate.
The polls had been hailed by growth companions as a uncommon success story in Somalia, whose final such election had been within the Sixties.
Which may be true, however the donors forgot to level out that the ruling celebration was clearly abusing state energy by utilizing state assets to the detriment of opposition teams.
How might the election be free and truthful underneath such circumstances? We perceive that Puntland, regardless of its superior state companies relative to the remainder of Somalia, continues to be a piece in progress.
However Denis’ administration should know that the foundations of democracy comparable to civic schooling, free political area and equal alternative outline common suffrage. Something much less and it turns into a recipe for chaos.
If Deni needs to construct a robust common suffrage, as his supporters declare, then one of the simplest ways to do it’s to open the ground to dialogue, not stifle the opposition or preserve everybody guessing.
Thus far, 4 political associations: Horseed, Mideeye, Dhalinyarada, and Akhala have written an open letter asking for area and dialogue and the chance to debate the issue. We consider that political consensus must be one of the simplest ways to proceed. Another methodology can be self-destructive. Deni should not be the one to spoil the pattern of Puntland’s founders the place purpose has at all times defeated chaos. That is our warning.