By Mohamed Abdi Sacad
The Justice and Welfare party Presidential Hopeful Hon Jamal Ali Hussein and his deputy Hon Abdirashid Hassan Mataan accompanied by other top party officials received a Hero’s welcome in Burao today after yet another attempt by the local authorities led by the newly appointed Governor of Togdheer Mr. Mohamed Muse Diriye tried to block the the youthful politician and his supporters from entering the city of Burao addressing party loyalist and citizens.
The Togdheer regional administration team took preemptive measures so as to avert unknown risks which lay ahead of the Jamal and entourage and they went to the extent of confronted the visiting UCID’S delegation in the town Sheik in a bid to warn them not to venture beyond Egal Hotel which is situated on the western fringes of Burao town.
As Jamal’s Convoy’s entered the town, headed towards the direction of the Hotel Egal , a consignment of heavily armed police deployment there stopped and blocked the vehicles carrying the visiting delegation from venturing further ,that’s when Burao residents numbering several thousands gathered there to welcome Jamal delegation intervened in a peaceful manner and by removing the police cordon which was placed there enabling the UCID’s Convoy to proceed further into town without any confrontation whatsoever.
Hon Jamal Ali Hussein and his Vice President Hon Abdirashid Hassan Mataan and other top party officials addressed party supporters who had gathered there in there thousands outside the regional party headquarters, urging them to save guard the peace and that the people of Burao should be aware of the current government hidden agenda of dividing and sowing the seeds of hatred among the people of Burao who have co-existed peacefully since time immemorial.
Last year UCID’S Presidential Hopeful intention to visit the town of Gabiley was cut short after his convoy was blocked in the town of Abaarso by the security apparatus in what was seen as an act desperation by the government which outraged many Somalilanders and to the disapproval of the people of Gabiley , which prompted local elders to condemn the actions by police in a press conference and also are disgusted and rejecting this ill-considered act.
The elders also strongly reiterated that they are not privy to this ill-thought and destructive action of using the police to block the free movement of targeted officials (Madam Fadumo Said and Jamal, the Presidential candidate of the party) of a political party.