I was expecting that a declaration of the sort“ we the elders and the participants of this conference do hereby give the G6 to negotiate on our behalf with all the stake holders in the area-Somaliland , Puntland ,TFG , Governments in the region , the international community and then will make a repot and recommendation back to another conference in a years time where a decision will be taken on which way to go , Khatumo , Somaliland or Puntland. “ I believe if a decision like that was taken , it would have elevated the chances of the Dhulbahante people making a more deliberated decision than this hasty one.
I am sure Puntland and Somaliland would have out bided each other to satisfy the Dhulbahente , and the G6 would have put their knowledge and expertise to a better use , more fruitful to their people. Now what they have in their hands is back to square one and just another SSC insurgency, which I think Xaglatoosiye could do better than all these Phds. The hasty declaration of Khatumo was only an appeal to the ego. It was not the real answer to the day to day problems of the people in the area. Just a pain killer. I was expecting a more well thought out approach from the cream of the cream.
Yet , I believe that the major disaster was not the declaration of Khatumo. To my mind it was the way it was handled by the President of Somaliland. Mr Siilanyo extended an olive branch to the G6 . Unlike Faroole of Puntland , he did not interfere with the conference. He let the participants pass through Berbera and Hargeisa. Against the advice of all his Government , he facilitated the conference in anyway he could. At that time I thought he was acting statesmanlike. After all people have the right to decide on their fate. However , when Khatumo was declared he became paranoid. He just got transformed into a belligerent leader. He ordered the Somaliland army to enter Buuhoodle and capture Ali Galeyr. Somoliland police were ordered to open fire on demonstrators in Las Anod. A calamity has happened .
The people of Somaliland were surprised. What a sudden change of policy. !! He acted Mercurial. Infact he made me remember Idi Amin. Idi Amin would invite you to dinner , and if he does not like the way you are chewing your food , he would strangle you on the spot. The dhulbahant leadership were also taken aback. They thought Siilanyo was on their side. They thought they could make a deal with him. Unfortutunately it did not turn that way. How trusting were the G6 of Siilanyo is obvious from the story that happened to two of them who after the conference wanted to go fly back form Berbera . They were apprehended and nearly arrested in Yagore . They had to escape thirty kilometers on foot and then all the way to Galmudug to fly back. They never thought that who welcomed them would arrest them. They were also ready to continue the channels of communication. A golden opportunity was lost.
Now , I think we in Somaliland have to sincerely address the question of Khatumo. Let us invite the G6 . Let them address the parliament . the Guurti . Let them explain their position. Let them meet the elders, the intellectuals, the youth. Let them goto all the regions. Let us appreciate and listen to their position. If we do that they will listen and appreciate our positon . After all when I am debating with dhulbahante friends of mine , we never disagree on the fundements. We only have got different approachs.
Dr Mohamud Tani
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