Walk The Walk Mr. President!
I would like to congratulate Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud for the
achievements of his first h undred days in office. I would also like
to remind him some of the long list of pledges he made to this
nation during his long journey to the presidency of Somaliland.
Mr. President, during the presidential campaign you promised this
nation (if elected) that you w ere going to reform the way
Somaliland government business is conducted. Now that the nation
took your words to their hearts and elected you as a president in
landslide, the nation is still w aiting for you to fulfill
your part of that agreement. It is of great importance that you make
pro ductive moves early in your administration rather than later.
Mr. President, you know first hand that the justice system in
Somaliland was in wreck before a nd when you took office and
it is still being reduced into ruins and is getting worst by the
hour. The nation is waiting to see you do something about it and do
it now not tomorrow and not the day after. The whole system needs to
be overhauled from the Supreme Court to the district le vels.
Corruption was made a ritual by the previous administration and was
taking place even as the nation was queuing to vote, and you in your
own admission found the treasury not only empty but that the nation
was in debt and salaries to the civil servants were not paid for
months bef ore your inauguration into office. The minister who
is accused to have been liable for all the cor ruption in the
country cried wolf and started menacing the nation with civil war,
after he was asked to open the financial books for public scrutiny.
Mr. President, the nation has given you th e mandate to do
away with corruption and would like you to put your foot down and
allow the Auditor General to execute his duty impartially, promptly
Mr. President, our youth and children are our future and you
promised to give priority to the i mprovement of their
education, so then our future generations will be able to compete
with th eir counterparts in the world and will bring
prosperity to our nation. Educational reform togeth er with
healthcare should have the right of precedence in your
The Somaliland armed forces have played a vitally important role in
the protection, safety and stability of our country and they deserve
to be better equipped and better treated. Mr. Presid ent, we would
like you to rebuild the structure of our armed forces and establish
a fair ranking system based on the experience and the educational
merits of each and every soldier or police person in our armed
forces. May I suggest that a military and police academies to be
establish ed. The vast experience of our SNM officers can be put
into use after such institutions are built. We all know that
generations are growing old in a fast pace and our trained armed
officers are not immune to this phenomenon.
Mr. President, the nation would like you to have the best possible
transparency in your adminis tration. I for a person would be
very appreciative if you publish the Somaliland budget online
a nd disclose all the spending, income revenues and international
financial assistance we receive from foreign countries. This will
make your administration the first in Africa to have such a
tran sparent system. This will not only enhance your
administrationís credibility in the eyes of our citizens, but will
also attract foreign investment and will augment our chances for
legitimacy and recognition.
Mr. President, our nation would like you to resolve the submarine
telecommunications dispute between the two companies in a
Somaliland-style mediations. This unnecessary row can be re
solved both legally and amicably. Somaliland and your administration
do not have the time and resources for this conflict to continue. I
hope both sides of this disagreement will heed to a fair oversee
agreement, because we need this project to be done with as urgent as
Mr. President, I would be grateful if the free media is respected
and even promoted by your ad ministration. I do not believe
that Somaliland needs a Ministry of information; instead we can ha
ve an independent commission to oversee our state and private media.
In my humble opinion, S omaliland Government does not need a
Minister whose sole duty is to be exclusively a mouth-pi ece for the
government. The Presidential spokes person and other Ministers could
take that ro le. Moreover, Somaliland can no longer be a victim to
the slanderous propaganda and mal-cultu re of the Somalia owned TVs.
Therefore, your administration must consider creating a national TV
that can be watched both inside and outside the country.
I applaud you for taking very valuable steps in promoting the
recognition of our beloved count ry world. Thank you again for
what you have done for our country in your first 100 days in offi
ce. You have talked the talk for the last eight years, now is the
right time for you to walk the walk.
May Allah bless Somaliland!
Dr. Yusuf Dirir Ali, MD