Mr. Musa Behi Abdi currently is serving as chairman of Kulmiye party of Somaliland. A former Mujahid who fought for independence of Somaliland and has held various positions including to that of the ministry of Interior under president Egal and later as a chairman of Kulmiye party. He is a soldier, but later did a law degree from Hargeisa University in Somaliland. In addition to that, He is an outspoken political figure, lawyer, honest politician and a farmer. He had a wide variety of interests, and has accomplished a great deal. As a Soldier, he was known for his fighting for the cause of Somaliland. As a farmer, he had established a big farm near Hargeisa where he grows fruit and vegetables for the market in Hargeisa. As a politician, he is a chairman of Kulmiye party (the ruling party) and key political figure who drives the Kulmiye party politics and is also a staunch supporter for the current president Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud.
He is a master of Somaliland political environment and has the intentions to avoid problems before they arise. He is willing to work to understand the needs and desires of Somaliland citizens. When it comes to his leadership characteristics; He is respectful, open-minded, good communicator, organized, delegator, initiative and consistent and has the objectives of expanding the current democratic institutions and also welcomes any constructive idea for instances on how we can strengthen our country and manage existing and future challenges.
He is not a dictator, but honest and is not corrupt and has no intentions to loot the tax payers money. Mr. Muse Behi will come up with new models for development for each and every sector in the country and is also ready to listen to anyone with good ideas. He is serious and can be contacted through social media. He writes on his (http://www.facebook.com/Muuse Biixi Cabdi): quote: ‘We would like to impress upon all our supporters on the importance of positive campaign. Please be aware of those few individuals who seek to create a bad impression on our campaign through acts of violence or worse. Any democratic contest is bound to have people with different views and visions’ end of quote.
Mr. Musa Behi Abdi is also aware of the problems of unemployment in Somaliland and this is what he has to say: quote “The high unemployment rate of youth in Somaliland is a festering crisis that need our collective attention. We need out of the box ideas”. It is high time for KULMIYE to renew itself by engaging with the people of Somaliland ‘end of quote. There will be a positive campaign focusing on substantive issues for review in the areas of governance, security, price of essential commodity, corruption, democracy and much more, He has not committed any crime against his people but has reinforced the unity and sovereignty of the country and its people and thus is ethical and moral value for any citizen in this country to support him in any upcoming elections for various reasons including to that of the above mentioned. Mr. Musa Behi Abdi is of the view that in politics one day you are up and one day you are down, and He is prepared for both ends.
What happens next?
Mr. Musa Bihi is elected by the Somaliland Kulmiye party central committee for the candidate of the president of Somaliland elections to be held in 2017. He is concerned with the unity, sovereignty, peace and progress of the nation and will pursue to strengthen it until these pillars are hard-edged. The Kulmiye party leadership will use locally available expertise in drafting short and long term strategy and plans to strengthen unity, peace and progress before the party takes over the power again for another term of office. This time around, the focus will be among others free press, human rights, good governance, strengthening democratic institutions, judiciary system capacity or capability in exercising independent and impartial authority services, food self-sufficiency, job creation, manufacturing of locally available raw materials, good quality education and delivery of good quality health services.
It is the perfect time than ever to have a person like him in Somaliland because along the way he has grown treasured experience that made him his political know-how to maturity together with sacrifices that he paid for the independence of this nation and later for strengthening unity and sovereignty of the country. There is no way to worry about the unity, peace, sovereignty of this country rather the country will be united and will not be divided. Mr. Musa Bihi will not revenge against any citizen and of course there will be no arrest for any politicians who went against him. By the way, He made it clear that he would heal the wounds by going to each and every politicians ‘residence to seek harmony and comfort within the party spheres because the paradise of politics lay under the people’s feet.
Mr. Musa Bihi beliefs in democracy where each and every citizen has the right to choose to have their own leader and political party to whom they may wish and is also of the view correspondingly the right to access free press but it should be in accordance with our existing law. He will preserve for nationals’ rights and will not take away any one of those privileges from the people. On the other hand, citizens have an obligation to exercise these rights peacefully, with respect for the law. They are also indebted to offer ideas, enriching democratic institutions, rule of the law and governance.
Mr. Musa Bihi will maintain democracy by holding the freest and fairest elections ever held in Somaliland. Nevertheless, the Somaliland electoral system require not only transparent system and good management on the day of elections but also a participation of the citizens to collaborate with the government in fulfilling its responsibility in preparing a conducive environment for holding elections. Thus, every citizen should take ID and voter card to make sure that mechanisms for free and fair elections are in place well before the Election Day and the government machinery should be accelerated in delivering ID and Voter card which is a essential component for any elections to be held in the country.
We expect also from him to find ways and means to create jobs for jobless youths as potentialities exist in our economies. Earlier, job creation was not on the top of the agenda for most of the leaders seen and I hope that Mr. Musa Bihi will change that approach and youth will get the attentions required.
There are opportunity in our country for instance manufacturing for locally available raw materials, e.g. Cement, leather, milk and meat and much more. Had local business community been seized this opportunity, the sector would have employed more people. Hence, it would have been more beneficial for the stakeholders in the sector.
I expect from Mr. Musa Bihi to come up in advance with good leadership, determination, consistency, policies that will have an impact not only for the above mentioned but also for each and every sector in the government.
Furthermore, The country at the this moment is not food self-sufficient, We rely entirely food imports and that is not good, He should change this trend by pooling whatever handy both capital and human to attain food self-sufficiency and that could be possible if we bring more lands under cultivation, there is also a need to enhance the existing crop yield which is very much lower than the standard and seek to diversify crops and raise animals using modern techniques to achieve sufficient meat and milk for local and foreign markets. The other sectors, for instance health and education need also the same attention. Mr. Musa Bihi is going to focus much of his attention on the eastern part of Somaliland, Togdheer, Sanaag, Sool and Saaxil.
Therefore, the temptation that He can’t possibly win in the upcoming elections is dangerously naïve. The forces that have driven Musa Bihi to the Kulmiye leadership are very real, and will change Somaliland politics in profound ways. The rank and file of the party members will be strong and together they can meet with any challenges ahead him, he will better manage the country.
Abdirahman Ibrahim Abdilahi