| Issue 370
and Regional Affairs |
By Suleiman Egeh
Introduction: Again the IGAD despots made another blunder and formed
another fictitious government in exile. African dictators never learn
from their mistakes. They made career out of the misery of the suffering
people of Somalia. They created another false hope for a people
devastated by successive warlords, brutal Ethiopian invasion they
blessed and now under the mercy of violent terrorists.
Top stories: 1. The Club of Despots gathering in Addis Abba, and the
nomination of Gaddafi’s as its president.
2. Artha II: The selection of Sh. Shariff and the complete collapse of
“Foreign made outfits synthesized and cloned in foreign lands can not
The saying goes “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over
and over again and expecting a different result.”
This is something the chaotic and debating societies of IGAD/AU/UN
complex, have been doing to the people of the Horn of Africa for the
last 20 years. These secretive and non democratic organizations have
been trampling on the civil and the human rights of the people of both
Somaliland and Somalia. For the people of Somaliland who have reclaimed
their inalienable rights and decided on their own future, these criminal
enterprises have put them in a political limbo. Non of these despots
have a real legitimacy on the eyes of their people.
In the name of the people of Somalia, IGAD were collecting funds from
the world, under the pretext of creating a government for them. But that
is not the case, they made a career out off making Somalia a bogeyman
for milking few dollars from the world, under the guise of helping the
people of that country, and forming a government for them. On the
contrary, what they are doing is creating their own outfit, comprised
from the worse of the worse. The reservoir they draw their fake leaders
from is primarily full of warlords, failed and recycled leaders,
unscrupulous personalities, international vagabonds and other
That is why non of their outfits worked and will not work in the future.
They have no sense of shame from their endless blunders and mistakes.
They keep on repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Somalia
needs indigenous and true reconciliation, and healing process that
starts in their villages, towns and cities where they sit together, and
ask themselves what their real problems are? IGAD/AU/UN complex have
miserably failed to bring a scintilla of resolution to Somalia’s chronic
These groups are vigorously resisting to confess their mistakes. In fact
IGAD/UN conglomerate are part of the problem. These dictators have
aggravated, stirred up, meddled, profited and perpetuated Somalia’s
problems. They are neither sincere nor has the ability to resolve these
problems. It is time for the people of Somalia to aggressively demand
these despots to take their hands out of their affairs.
These knee jerk attempts are not designed to resolve the problem but
will rather aggravate it. These draconian ideas created and will create
more problems than it will resolve. The people of Somalia must realize
that no solution will ever come from IGAD/AU/UN failure-complex. The
Rwandan genocide, the morass in Congo, the debacle and human misery in
Liberia, Sierra Leone and the on going genocide in Darfur, Sudan had all
happened in their watch. They failed to resolve the 30 year war between
Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Eritreans have resolved their problems the hard way by waging a 30 years
arms struggle against Ethiopia, a country the AU made its head office in
its capital Addis Abba. The AU for so long rejected to heed the cries
for justice coming from the Eritrean people. Had they heeded those cries
the devastating Eritrean struggle for independence would have been
In conclusion the people of Somalia must not wait for the AU, the UN and
its Mauritanian envoy, Abdulla Wallad, who instead of resolving his
country’s failure of state institutions, slavery, governance and under
development problems, who made a career of Somalia, a country he knows
very little of. What had happened to Mbagathi will be awaiting any other
IGAD/UN outfit, that did not come with popular support of the people of
Somalia. As the saying goes “Easy come easy go.”
There is no reason to believe that any other IGAD engineered government
can work. Through out the month of December, 2008, we watched the speedy
disintegration process the Mbagathi group went through. It started with
the abrupt departure of Abdillahi Yusuf the preeminent Mbagathi
architect, and the exodus of its parliament from Baidawa. The day before
Sh. Shariff was selected in Djibouti Baidawa fell to the terrorist group
Al-Shabaab. There is no single so-called Mbagathi parliamentarian in
Baidawa today. Mbagathi was a non existent entity without the Ethiopian
troops. As the Ethiopian troops started withdrawing Mbagathi has fell.
So in reality all the IGAD engineered outfits never existed, they only
existed on paper, and on the minds of its IGAD engineers. Apparently non
of them never took root on the ground.
I. In their meeting in Addis Abba the do nothing AU-den of despots
selected Qaddafi as its president. This is the mother of all ironies.
They didn’t mention Mugabe and the monumental challenges facing the
continent. Qaddafi a left over from Africa’s failed 20th century
presidents for life, is a leader who ran out of gas. He is no longer
relevant as he overstayed his welcome both domestically and
internationally. The lofty fantasies of his September revolution has
failed, his dream to liberate Palestine, Unify the Arab world, and be
united with Egypt, Sudan, Tunis and Chad have all went a bust.
Gadaffi miserably failed in realizing any his dreams in his hey day,
when he was flying high and has the full backing of the then powerful
Soviet Union. Now at the twilight of his rule, and his popularity in
wane, both his idealism and energy are all but evaporated. His recent
toying with the impossible task of unifying Africa, a disintegrating
continent with monumental problems, much more serious and deeper than
the problems of the Arab world is nothing, but a last gasp from a failed
leader. Selecting such a failed leader as their president says volumes
about the corruption, ineptness, and incompetence of the long failed
Those dictators have dashed the dreams and the promise of African
independence. More than ever before, the continent has left behind the
rest of the world, became saddled with astronomical problems, economic
decline, rampant unemployment, poor governance, astronomical problems,
negative consequences emanating from failing and failed states, poor
health care, hopelessness, lack of education and unprecedented migration
of its people.
II. Artha sub II: In Djibouti Sh Shariff Ahmed was selected as the
president of Somalia (Mogadishu and its region). The selection of Sh.
Shariff in Djibouti is welcome news for the people of Mogadishu and
Somalia. But what had happened in Djibouti is the same thing that was
happening to the people of Somalia for the last 20 years. This is the
fifth outfit made overseas, and called the government for all the former
Somalia. That is an utter mirage and non sense. The reality on the
ground and the architects of Somalia’s outfits are so far apart.
Apparently reality and the actions of the engineers of the failed and
fictitious outfits are so far apart as Mars and Jupiter.
Daunting challenges are awaiting Sh. Shariff. Besides Somaliland who
were never part of the IGAD-UN organized conferences, this time around,
Puntland, the Northern part of the former Italian Somaliland declared,
it is not part of the Djibouti conference. Therefore, in reality what
Sh. Shariff may be left with is the area between South Galkayo and
Kismayo. In those areas themselves, Baidawa, Merka, Kismayo and some
parts of Mogadishu are in the hands of the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.
In real terms Sh. Shariffs Somalia will be parts of Mogadishu and some
towns in central Somalia.
Despite the fanfare in the despot den-the AU conference in Addis Abba,
there are very few patches of land that may come under Sh Shariff’s
control. If the recent past is a guide, the same fate is awaiting Sh.
Shariff. The problem nobody wants to address, is the huge disconnect
between the perennial conferences goers and the reality on the ground.
Forming unpopular by IGAD dictators never worked and will not work this
There is no realism and pragmatism in these free warlord, and failed
leader parties. There is also an immense disconnect between the reality
on the ground, and the IGAD despots and the UN’s corrupt bureaucrat’s
myopic mentality. Unless the bitter reality is faced IGAD/UN failed and
corrupt enterprises will keep forming unpresentative outfits, led by
unpopular, corrupt, and inept charlatans who do not repress anybody, and
the cycle of failure, morass and mayhem will indefinitely continue. On
paper at least, the just collapsed Mbagathi outfit has the greatest
chance of succeeding than Sh. Shariff’s new outfit.
Despite being mostly on either a comma or life support through out of
its short life span, the bombastic Mbagathi warlords never shrank from
snipping and threatening the people of Somaliland. That outfit never
anchored its feet on the ground. Through out its short life span, they
were feuding, flying from one despot capital to the other, finger
pointing and urging. For all practically purposes they never had any
control over Mogadishu let alone Somalia. Mbagathi like the other
outfits before it denied the rights and self-determination for the
Somaliland is a power in its own right, and can be dictated by neither
IGAD/UN corrupt complex nor their fictitious outfits. The failure will
continue and the suffering of innocent people of Mogadishu, Baidawa,
Merka and Kismayo will continue. For the IGAD despots, Somalia became
the bogey man through which they can milk few dollars from the world.
But clearly those few dollars are drying up, because there are good
results to show for the dollars they already wasted on a half a dozen
I would like to tell the suffering people of Somalia, It is time for you
to take things into their hands. They must know there is nobody out
there looking out for them. I am saying to you people of Mogadishu,
“Ceelna Idiinma Qodna, Cidna Idiin Ma Maqna.” Sidaa ogaada and Good
Never trust your faith on warlords, charlatans, Siyad Barre’s remnants,
terrorist groups, IGAD and the UN. Remember it was IGAD and the UN who
brought in your erstwhile enemy-Ethiopia, the failing state that
mercilessly shelled your neighborhoods, killed you and your children.
Wake up! And take charge of your destiny. IGAD can not and will not
bring peace and stability to you. Your peace and tranquility must come
from you and not foreign lands.
There is huge disconnect between the IGAD dictators, the United Nations
and the reality on the ground in the former Somalia. Though not yet got
a dejure recognition due to fierce resistance from IGAD dictatorships
and Egypt, Somaliland a major part of the former Somalia has declared
its independence, from the rest of Somalia almost 20 years ago.
Somaliland was never part of the overseas created, artificial, and
so-called reconciliation conferences for Somalia. Somaliland is already
enjoying a defacto recognition by its people and many countries.
Currently Somaliland has political offices in most European countries, a
number of African countries and the United States. Moreover, for the
last 20 years the people of Somaliland has been focusing all their
energy on Somaliland. Somaliland diaspora has helped building
Universities, medical clinics and other development projects in the
mother land. Somaliland educated class has focused all their brain
energy on Somaliland. For all practical purposes, the separation of
Somaliland and Somalia is complete.
Despite all that Politicians from Somalia (former Italian Somaliland)
and especially the perennial participants in the endless IGAD and UN
initiated conferences, act as if Somaliland as part of a non existent
state called Somalia. But practically the two countries are completely
separate. Somaliland controls all the territory of the former British
Somaliland. The country has successfully gone through several elections.
It has a bicameral parliament, three political parties, a robust civil
society and numerous indigenous non governmental groups. In March 2009,
a municipal and presidential election will be held in the country..