Our country has gained independence some 60 years ago. That was in 1960, AKA the Year of Africa, which brought about the independence of seventeen African nations, including Somalia. The so-called post war 'wind of change' was blowing through Africa at the time, signalling the end of colonial rule.
This is day eight of an elected incumbent subverting democracy in Somalia, after his term ended. An incumbent takeover occurs when a democratically elected leader undermines key tenets of democracy, most often by abolishing or manipulating elections.
After four years of lies, distortions, half-truths and autocratic rule by the Farmaaja regime, it is now clear that our country is transitioning into a dictatorship rather than democracy or a peaceful transition of power. As I said before, the new dictatorship, like its predecessor, shall not be the so-called 'dictatorship of the proletariat' à la Marxist philosophy. It will be a clan dictatorship as long as Lewis's famous dictum remains supreme in Somalia - "the most all-pervasive element in politics remained the loyalty of the individual to his kin and clan."
We, in this campaign, were deeply saddened to learn of the deaths and injuries of innocent Somali people in yesterday's terrorist attack on Hotel Afrique near KM Four in Mogadishu. We strongly condemn their murder by al-Shabaab terrorists and offer sincere condolences to their families. General Mohamed Nur Galaal, a Somali military hero of great renown, and considered one of the SNA's old-time top-flight generals was among the casualties of this barbaric slaughter.
‘A government at war with its own people: testimonies about the killings and the conflict in the north' was a report published in 1990 by the then Africa Watch, later to become part of the bigger Human Rights Watch. Other significant reports current at the time included United States General Accounting Office Report to Congressional Requesters, entitled ‘Somalia: Observations Regarding the Northern Conflict and Resulting Conditions' published in May 1989; and ‘Why Somalis Flee: Synthesis of Accounts of Conflict Experience in Northern Somalia by Somali Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Others' by Robert Gersony, U.S. Department of State, August 1989.