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Issue 495 -- 23rd - 29th July 2011

Front Page

Somaliland News

News Headlines

Police Arrest Three People For Dispensing Somalia’s Passport

Third Batch Graduates From Sahan Center

Worldremit Launches “Send Money To Yourself” Service In Somaliland

Local and Regional Affairs

Cartoon In Murdoch’s Paper Calls Hacking Inquiry A Distraction From African Famine

Uganda Or Even UK Can Host Somalis, Says Ojode

US To Allow Aid Shipments To Islamist-Held Somalia 'If Security Is Guaranteed'

Analysts: Somali War Helped Turn Drought To Famine

We Need Safe Access To Those Affected By Famine In Somalia, Says World Vision

On Tanker Hijacked Another Released

Scarborough Restaurant Owner Pleads For Canadian Government To Help Somalia


Is Yemen Becoming Another Somalia?

Features & Commentary

Protecting Somaliland's Endangered Cave Paintings

Somalia's Sea Wolves

African Viewpoint: Messy Divorces

Kenyan Runner Hopes Success In U.S. Will Improve Her Family's Life

No Owner, No Cargo And No Hope Of Ransom: Pirates Urged To Show Mercy

International News


Col Iyo Abaar - War & Drought

Somaliland: Seeking A Deserved Recognition

A Note To My Late Kulmiye General Secretary: Kayse Hassan Cige


A Note To My Late Kulmiye General Secretary: Kayse Hassan Cige

In August 2005 I was introduced to a man with a good personality who when he is talking was treating others kindly and with respect. This was a man who not only had a healthy sense of humor but who could make one smile or laugh by being witty but not insulting. He was not thinking and talking about himself. He was listening to others when they talk and was empathizing as well Ė a rare characteristic nowadays.

He had a sweet and cheerful deposition that when one meets him he will always find him being in his right frame of mind. I have never heard him having a nervous temperament. This man was the late Kayse Hassan Cige.

It takes a lot of guts, courage, and determination to set oneself up as a politician. One has got to be one in a million to start with, and have a strong belief in what he is doing, and have the motivation to carry his belief forward. The late Kayse Cige had all the attributes of a good politician. He had the habit of taking more pragmatic approach to Somalilandís political, economic and social problems. He identified himself as an honest politician who had a genuine desire to improve the lives of everyone he represented.

Unlike the late Ali Guled (Marshal) and the late Daud Gheleh, the late Kayse Cige had lived to see Kulmiye Party victory and the defeat of Udub Party.   He was looking for someone who wasn't corrupt to lead the country and avert a political, social and economic tragedy that the country can creep into. He had accomplished his vision of seeing a leader with vision and strong principles in the Somaliland presidential palace. And that is the current president.

The late Kayse Cige was a new blood for Somaliland politics and he has been getting a lot of attention since he joined Kulmiye Party in 2007. He believed that only an election could make an honest politician. He also believed that only an election can give Somaliland a government with authority to make the tough decisions needed to build a stronger Somaliland and help Somalilanderís get ahead.

One thing most people cannot deny about the late Kaye Cige was his honesty regarding the clan conferences which he has questioned and criticized just before he passed away. He argued that clan conferences shouldn't be involved in politics. He strongly deplored the interference of the governmentís constitutional position to pursue the corrupted government officers and also in running the affairs of the country by the clan elders who defend those officers in the name of the clan.

May Allah Bless Him and Forgive All His Sins

Ahmed Ali (Ahmed-Haykal)








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