Unforgettable was the day in which Somaliland citizens pulled together to challenge the political dynamics on the ground and to realise the necessary changes. By opting for hope, optimism and change, the majority of Somaliland electorate voted for KULMIYE party which represented the core values of what Somaliland citizens were long looking for. That day was July 1st 2010. It was a Day of Atonement (rehabilitation) for someone and a Day of reckoning for another!!
On July 1st 2010, HE Mr. Ahmed M. Mohamud (Silaanyo) became the second President of Somaliland Republic, freely and fairly elected by the people of Somaliland. President Ahmed Silanyo was elected in a time when it seemed that the people of Somaliland Republic were leaving behind a period full of hope and expectations and entering an environment of fear and uncertainty. Therefore, the winning of the presidential elections by Kulmiye Party was a win for democracy, nation spirit and solidarity, strength of character, ability to take moral responsibility, resilience and reappearance of hope. In fact, it was a great win for all peace & democracy loving Somalilanders.
The president of Somaliland Republic has been given a full mandate to serve the nation and the national interest in the first place, and to act and operate according to the rule of law and country’s constitution. The people of Somaliland had given the President the political capital and the legislative means to do things better.
In his taking office, he inherited one of the most unfavourable socio-economical situations in our country. The State Treasury and the Bank were entirely looted by corrupt officials and senior figures of the former government, under the watchful eye and possibly the approval of the former President Mr. D. R. Kahin. The previous administration has systematically neglected or destroyed almost everything. The scale of the mistakes and negligence of the former government was all too apparent. The former government left behind a bankrupt country, the economy and public sector was about to fall apart.
No government department was functioning as it should have been. The public morale was very low and the confidence in government was at its lowest point ever. Unfortunately, the newly elected president had to start out almost everything from the scratch.
Immediately after taking office he understood clearly that he should make the necessary changes in the many areas where the Somaliland’s citizens were dissatisfied, which was in fact a necessary condition for the gaining the confidence of the public. One of the key priorities of the President was to win back people’s confidence, trust and belief in political system, in government as well as in democracy and social justice. He put together a Cabinet of all talents with strategic abilities and a clear policy agenda. He came up with new policy initiatives, a new government with new priorities based upon an effective, responsive and transparent Cabinet.
He started to combat and reverse the corruption and mismanagement that set in during Rayal’s administration. He created a sort contract between State & Citizens, based upon responsibilities as well as rights. He introduced many innovative ways of getting involving the mainstream of the society into development, politics and achieving of social objectives. He is only 21months in power but in different areas; such as education, foreign policy, healthcare, agriculture, defence, transport and water supply there are quite tangible and visible changes, improvement and achievements. We are witnessing that every government department is developing and progressing at an astonishingly fast pace.
A leader of the people, by the people and for the people
The noble people of Somaliland Republic are certainly aware of the fact that the leader of our nation has already demonstrated by his deeds, words and actions that he is: A nation builder, not destroyer, a true democrat, not an autocrat with unlimited power, active not passive. He is driven by fairness, compassion, devotion to duty, social justice and equality consistently applied to all community levels, not only to kith and kin or special inner circle interest groups.
President Ahmed Silaanyo is someone who is acutely aware of the historical facts of his country and people; someone who takes heed of the mistakes made in the past, learns the lessons from and then acts on them. Unlike his predecessor, the current president is someone who is very close to ordinary citizens. He has a high moral ground and he makes every effort to address people’s need than pushing his own profiteering, personal gain or self-enrichment. For him, the interest of the country and the welfare and progress of the Somaliland citizens is of prime importance.
To all intents and purposes President Ahmed Silaanyo has demonstrated that he is far more than a tribal figure driven by clannish sentiments and political favouritism.
He has shown that he has a profound managerial insight, a capable crisis manger and someone with a collective leadership quality who can work with a range of people from different political and social background. In my opinion, the President of Somaliland Republic is a man of vision, a man of purpose who is determined to follow his will-power and belief. He is a man with strong convictions whose tend not to change despite the challenges and obstacles he might faces. The facts really do speak for themselves. Without any doubt, President Ahmed Silanyo is a leader of the people, by the people and for the people.
To the scare and hate mongers, sceptics and to all those who have the slightest doubts about the loyalty and patriotism of President Ahmed Silaanyyo towards his own country, I would say the following: Gone are the days when the political dynamics and public debates in Somaliland Republic were reduced to tit for tat sham process and narrow minded point-scoring policy in favour of certain interest groups, which were the main contributing factors that alienated the mainstream of the population of Somaliland Republic. Let us be mindful and not forget, let alone deny, that the current President is a seasoned nation hero and the leader of those martyrs of freedom fighters who liberated our country and laid down the roots and foundations of our most cherished asset, Sweet Homeland Somaliland Republic.
To those failed and incorrigible opposition politicians and their cohorts, someone should let them understand how nowadays the political art stabbing together; the political reality in Somaliland is not static; it is dynamic! They should know that today the political landscape of Somaliland is more and more divers and vibrant. The leaders of opposition parties are consistently against the interests of their country and nation, and many doubt whether they have the slightest feeling for Somaliland’s cause.
Instead of conducting a well measured intellectual and more constructive debate or pursuing a decent and civilized political eloquence, as usual, they seek confrontation and recrimination approach and recurring despair attacks against the president of Somaliland and the government he leads. However, this kind of behaviour is the main factor that collectively contributed to their demise. They are now reaping the reward for being weak, amateur, inconsistent and controversial political party leaders.
President Ahmed Silaanyo has changed everything for the better at our country and he is dutifully committed to serve the country and people for his remaining time. However, the successes and achievements of President Ahmed Silaanyo should be for the Somaliland’s people to judge, evaluate and review. Off course responsibility entails accountability, that means that the President will be more accountable to the public and the people of Somaliland will hold him accountable for all his actions, deeds and policies as well as the consequences of them.
It depends entirely on the President how he goes into the history and the way in which he will be remembered and recorded.
May ALLAH (SXWT) protect the true and genuine patriot!
By :Architectural-Eng. Hussein Adan Igeh
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