By Mohamed Ahmed
Profiling of Somalia government officials at Somaliland airports has been there since president EGAL government. This is not something that is emerging now, and if you ask me I believe this is how things should be when you have laws. Each successive Somaliland authority bears the weighty responsibility in guarding the interest of Somaliland against any suspecting moles. Clearly, the three officials detained at Hargeisa airport were breaking the law.
Their attempt to enter Somaliland incognito comes as no surprise, but rather complements Somalia authority already in-place campaign to exploit any chance they can get to spread their unity campaign. Unsurprisingly, Some Somali citizen’s reacted negatively to the detention of these officials. Did they really expected Somaliland authority to trail them like a stars truck starry-eyed fans? The debate between Somalia &Somaliland issues as expected is very touchy issue especially when Somalia refuses to address the old quandary of secession and inform their citizens how different laws exist across the border
Somaliland is not restricted to only those who sign a statement of loyalty to the Somaliland flag and national anthem. Somalis of all walks of life are welcome in Somaliland, but it is any current active officials of Somalia politics that are unwelcome! It defeats the purpose; if Somaliland welcomes those whose constitution codifies the dissolution of Somaliland. This attempt of these officials to enter the country illegally spurs several thoughts about their character; Are they there to take part of quick-get-rich-scheme in Mogadishu and just try to water-down their message when in Hargeisa? Or do they really believe in one Somalia and are here to spread their unity venom?
We may never know unless we repulse and contain their amateurish deceitful movement in Somaliland borders. Present reality in Somaliland are far from cutting off family members from each other except of course ,ANY Somali who is currently actively engaged in Somali politics For Somalia to encourage movement of people between the two states, they must accept the existence of laws and orders in Somaliland. They should tell their citizens what appeals to the sensibilities of Somaliland authority is respect for their laws.
Hands-off strategy towards Somaliland affairs has been in the interest of Somalia and it worked for many previous Somali make-believe-administrations. Ironically, most of the officials that defect from Somaliland to Somalia emphatically remain disloyal to Somali unity once the term of their administration ends. These are same people who focus on personal priorities (buying houses in places like Nairobi) to the detriment of national interest they are supposed to serve. You might think appointing the citizens of Somaliland in high places will register in the mind of Somalia administration that these only weakens the prospect of convincing Somaliland to change their course. But I guess not when the whole thing is a scheme to pursue selfish interests.
I have read online news portals like Borama News Network -one of the few sites that incessantly take a cheap pesky shot at SL, but ironically were singing SL anthem when Riyalle was president-glow in confidence with the appointment of a man from Somaliland for a foreign affairs position. This only comes across as a clan posturing support that is no different than when Fowziya was appointed for the same position.
Same with the Somali analyst Bashir Goth who has been trotting out for the longest time the Somaliland secession mantra when the man from his clan was at the helm. If only people were sincere to see the obvious holes in their narratives! When will people stop zigzagging between multiple personalities for the sake of clan allegiance? There are so many better reason to rip, flay and shred Silanyo administration doings than hinting at abandoning the Somaliland secession goal!
Apparently the office of the foreign affairs of Somalia invited the Young Hargeisa singing group called Xiddigaha Geeska for all expense paid propaganda tour. Apparently they will be wrapped around the blue Somalia flags. If this is not an attempt of potency of propaganda by design, then am afraid I’m hysterical for no reason. I read, however enticing, the group will not be taking this offer! This really shows how these remarkable young men are willing to protect the political imperative of the sanctity of Somaliland against onslaught propaganda props of the weak and ineffectual Somali government morass.
It is promising to see such a young talented group refuse to be used as a propaganda props and slams the door against any invitations that suggests a stirring compassion for Somali unity! This development of extending invitations to Somaliland musicians is not a bad thing if it is to be used for cultural exchange and not a political goal.
If they are genuinely interested in such activities, they should come clean and tell the band what the goal of the tour supposed to be. You will think that Somalia government-the one that claims it love to see Somali unity- wouldn’t do anything behind Somaliland government. You’d be wrong!