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What do you have against Politics?
Tillamook thanks walaal but no I think it should be in politics because I am all about politics hehehehe. Its going to be mostly about politics while it will address all issues but its overall objective remains political.
It's been only two months and her video Mil-dhahaabo (produced in Addis Ababa) already received almost 100,000 hits on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv50BQFxUhE).
However, I do like to share her Lover (Loofar) video which remains my favorite. Also filmed in Addis Ababa.
She recently got married in Hargeisa to her long time lover. We would like to congratulate them and say: Gurigina guri kheir, gurigina guri nagi, guullow ka yeel'
Likewise, we congratulate Ahmed Weli and Asma for their newly born baby girl, which is their second girl. Masha Allah, Allah ha so barbaariyo, Amiin.
Respect to our people whether politician, journalist, academia, activist, rights, artist, religious or simple nomad. We all need to respect each others and coexist and make something happen together.
Spartus that's fantastic news. We need to empower our local herders and farmers to start producing local milk for the market. We should reduce foreign import.
Here is my other update.
Our people too often only criticize or give credit to politicians but don't understand that artists have equal if not greater role. They can mobilize hundreds of thousands and their work can have dramatic affect on whole society.
Since the beginning Somaliland was always the home of Somali culture, arts and traditions. From the funky and energetic Saylaaci, Bataar to Jan-dheer our tradition remains unique, rich and ancient.
Our history teaches us that the likes of Abdillahi Qarshe, Mohamed Haji Ali Guhaad (San Yareh), Mohamed Ismaaciil "Barkhad Cas", Yusuf Haji Adan, Mooge brothers, Omar Dhule, Hussein Aw-Farah (founder of Walaalaha Hargeisa) and many others including Hadraawi, Hudeidi, Mandeeq, Gacayte made great contributions to our culture and art. It has been sometime.
I feel its time we updated the list. It is always hard to fill up the shoes of the legends above but we got-to restart from somewhere and today I feel there is a small group in Hargeisa that deserves credit, support and nurturing.
That small group I am talking about is no other than Laab Salah, Ahmed-Weli Furinle, his wife Asma Ahmed Ismail (Asma Love), Mursal Muse, his wife Khadra Sinimo, Yurub Geenyo, Mohamed BK (Baki), Nimcaan Hilaac, Mohamed Ciiro and the beauty queen Hamda Abdi Kinaal (Hamda Queen).
This young and fresh group led by Laab Salah and Furinle did not only revive our music after so long but they went extra mile to rejuvenate the passion that our people were known for their culture and music.
Almost all of their songs and videos on YouTube have over 100,000 views and hits. Every person that sees them gets a piece of Somaliland today. The other day I was with a group of southern Somalis when the girls began asking me questions about Nimcaan Hilaac, Somaliland and his music.
"I saw Nimcaan, Hodan Abdirahman and Asma bring the house down in Hargeisa. Ma kula tahay ina adi karno next summer," was some of the exchange. I replied: "as long as you don't carry biometric blue passport, we can escort you to Crown Hotel, owner Osman Hindi likes Hindi movies like most of you."
They created huge interest amongst the people in our region and the Diaspora.
Today, I would like to introduce Hamda Queen, who was introduced into mainstream music only one year ago.
Below is her latest music after a year. She already made history by becoming the first Somali artist with very modern, cutting edge music video that truly is worthy of an award.
They should have arrested him for passport violation and illegally entering the country's territory. I would have given him at least two nights in Mandeera.
Mooge is that kid from snet (Oxymoron). His topics are predictable. His subjects are always the same calacaal about Cullusow and Co.
His obsession is not a healthy one.
Mooge aka Oxymoron (user) from Somalinet, how come you call yourself Mooge which is strict Lander name? You using Mooge is like kid from Gacan Libaax calling himself Callasow/Osoble or Yalaxoow.
Are you a fan of Mohamed Mooge?
This is for those of you who requested pictures from the other region. Well I found few new pictures that have not being seen before by many.
Remember this thread is not always about pictures, we will cover other issues as well. Whenever I post pictures, I will try to give credit to the photographers and equally promote their work. The following photos will give me the opportunity to promote a potentially lucrative but largely ignored industry in Somaliland and its small players.
The Somaliland government does not at all recognize nor promote tourism at all. In fact, when I carefully went through their National Development Plan for 2012-2016, I did not find a single mention of the word tourism.
According to the Somaliland Minister of Commerce and International Investment, Dr. Mohamed Abdullahi Omar, his government will focus on the following six sectors as priorities:
1) Banking & Finance; reaching urban and rural communities
2) Agriculture; research centers, promote commercial farming
3) Livestock; Research centers, new markets
4) Fisheries; Establish fish stock in territorial
waters, establish cold chain/refrigeration/ice industry from port to markets.
5) Industry; including the re-starting of Berbera's cement factory (they have been saying this since 1995)
6) Energy; Promote investment, renewable energy
The minister and the other planning ministry both under valued the tourism sector. Tourists are the best sales people who would spread Somaliland's hidden gem and unexplored markets by word of mouth, blogs, photos, reviews, discussions. The minister should review his plans and give tourism more attention. Unlike industrialization that requires huge capital, tourism can instantly take off and improve the overall image of Somaliland as a new destination.
Following photos were made possible by: Safari Travel Tour and Culture. Visit their website: http://www.safarisomalilandtour.com/i
Rare photos taken from the tomb of the Sheikh in Maydh, Sanaag, Somaliland.
Maydh in Sanaag is the rest place of the founding father. This place has great tourism, fishery and agricultural potential that remains untapped.
Somaliland is rich in history and culture. The rock paintings in Dhagah Maroodi in Gabiley and Las Geel cave painting are testimony to Somaliland's ancient history and culture.
The islands of Sa'ad ad-Din in Somaliland's northern Awdal region were named after the 14th century Somali Sultan of the Ifat Sultanate. It was here and during his rule that the first written record of the word 'Somali' was inked. When Emperor Yeshaq I (Isaac/Ishaaq) invaded present day northern Somaliland including the then capital Zeila of the Islamic Kingdom of Adal he composed a poem in his native Ge'ez language. It was this poem that historians would later discover the word 'Somali' which likewise mentions Zeila and Sultan Sa'ad ad-Din.
Remarkably that's the connection between Somaliland, the word Somali, Sa'ad ad-Din and Axumite Empire not to mention the man who invaded Zeila was named Emperor Yeshaq I (Isaac/Ishaaq)
Somaliland's emerging small tourism market...not much to do but a lot to see. Just being away from all can bring out the best smile you never though you had it in you.
This photo was taken in Wajalle near the Ethiopian border. Somaliland is completely safe.
The one below is taken in Sanaag, in the far east. The landscape like its people is always full of surprises.
Other travel agents that can help you make your visit to Somaliland both possible and pleasant.
1) Visit Somaliland - http://www.visitsomaliland.com/
2) Somaliland Tour - http://www.somalilandtour.com/
3) Somaliland Travel - http://www.somalilandtravel.com/
For this particular entry, my choice of music is no other than two Somaliland legends, the son of Erigaavo (Ceerigabo); Muse Ismail Qalinle (AUN) and his gorgeous wife Sado Ali Warsame (she was married to him before he died).
Our music is ancient just like our culture. Gentlemen let us always keep it original hahahahaha.
Muse Ismail Qalinle & Sado Ali Warsame - Sidi Hilaaca
Sado Ali Warsame had amazing voice and today she remains largely misunderstood by mainstream Somaliland.
There are a lot of dhaqan-celis kids roaming the net. They need this kind of post/thread where they can pick up a thing or two.
Notes from those who have been to Somaliland:Christina from SpainGood day to all of you in Somaliland Travel & Tourism Agency office, please tell Mr. Abdinasir the manager that we are very satisfied with the tour and that we are also very happy to have Hussein as our driver/guide, he did take good care of us, and also many thanks to Mohamed Arab for being patient with us. We really enjoyed every moment of the 8 days tour and we saw many unforgettable, beautiful places in such a short time and my daughter enjoyed her time in Berbera very much and we are telling friends about you. Somaliland is indeed a very wonderful country to visit over and over again, (we have been to many countries; America, Europe and Asia) but Somaliland stole our hearts and we will surely come back! Wishing you more success and hopefully we will get in touch in the near future. Again, thank you for everything.Hung Mo from Sam tours in TaiwanThank you so much for your kind support to our group last September in Somaliland. We received feedbacks from our guests about the tour and we are very much thankful for your service. Now we are planning one more group for Somaliland...Melisa and John from EnglandOne week ago we have skilled the best tour we have ever had, the 3 days tour of Somaliland. We have very fresh in our memory the beautiful period we've spent in Somaliland with the great support of your tourism agency... So, we are very happy for the excellent choice to visit Somaliland, a country full of hospitality and friendship, with a rich history and traditions, where we met very friendly people and important sites of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage especially Laasgeel. We have many, many reasons to come back in Somaliland in the future in order to review the wonderful places and to join once again the Somaliland hospitality and friendship. We miss you Jordan Somaliland Travel & Tourism Agency team.
If PM Shirdon was incompetent, lets be fair so was his boss. What did Shirdon fail that Cullusow hasn't? This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. In Waqooyi they say: wa dameer iyo labadiisa damood.
Let's see what the new PM does that Shirdoon couldnt. We know Cullusow doesn't even know how to find the first gear and no matter who he names, they will not hold his hand like AMISOM.
Well said brother. Egypt adds no value to Somaliland. It is a symbolic victory over them and their long policy of anti-Somaliland stance in order to protect its Nile waters but it has no intentions of ever becoming a genuine friend of Somaliland. So it was good meeting but lets not rush and import their viruses which will only disable us like Israel's great virus against Iran's nuclear system.
They should take Nasr BS and their al Azhair salafist center to Mogadishu. Not welcome here.
Our people are democratic and liberal-conservative lefties.
Just something different some of you might find it worth knowing. Here is a rare already edited picture of Gaafaane Fuel Station in Hargeisa. This is the most modern fuel station in any Somali speaking territory including Djibouti. It cost him several good millions. The last time I was in Hargeisa it was under construction. It is on the Boqol Jire road on the way to Borama, just opposite Ilays School and just past Omaar Company warehouse before reaching the Check-Point.
From economic and business perspective, that main road has several close by very decent and modern fuel stations including the French owned Total, Khalid Fuel Station, Boqol Jire Fuel Station and now Gaafaane. There is enough traffic for all of them and people re-fuel before and after a long trip to Xeedho, Arabsiyo, Gabiley, Borama, Wajaale.
Ina Gaafaane, some say its actually inaa Gaafaane (Gabadh) who runs the fuel business for them, made his money from qat like Ina Afdile who is estimated to be worth $300m in Ethiopia (top ten richest in Ethiopia with his wife Suhura Ismail Khaan).
For our people to switch business not only for the long term interest of their own business but for some of them to realize dirty business such as khat should be something one should quit when he or she gets the opportunity. I welcome Gaafaane's investment in our people and for him to innovate and diversify his business strategy and products/services.
I encourage others to follow.
Sxb no need to get sensitive when I destroyed your little claims and slanderous attacks. I have destroyed many things. Don't take it personal.
If you call this politics, Dahir Callasow would today be a senior professor at Harvard University's political science faculty. Maybe this emotionally charged slander will get few D-blocks jumping up and down but not actual politicians.
Go back to your desk and come up with a better conspiracy. That's already copyrighted by WaagaCusub.
Mooge u can't use Abrar's case to further the D-block conspiracy. War ninka hada neceb tihin usheega straight up. You don't need to hide behind some unknown lawmaker oo tiisi heshay.
Abrar is Lander gal and dacaad. She never said there was a plot against her on her life. The corrupted Walawein tried to blackmail her into writing letters to international banks, funds and agencies to release frozen funds.
Her case with Walawein is no different than Pro. Samatar. More Waqooyis seeing the light.
This is nothing more than slander and false accusations. If Cullusow can kill and wants to kill------he would kill Shirdoon, Godane, Madoobe, Farole, etc.
He would not waste his ciibaado and risk missing out on Jannah Fardowsa over some unknown 'lawmaker'.
The D-blocks need to focus on the reality and come up with a better conspiracy theory than this Dahir Callasoow/WaagaCusub tabloid-style rumor.
"Somaliland Uma Qosle" is no doubt the enemy of SL but he so far has clean hands. He is one of few Konfuri politicians with clean hands so far.
They are all guests for the Federal Government of Ethiopia who is the one who spearheaded this event, funds and promotes the cultures of all. Next year it will be hosted maybe by the Afar region or Gambella.
This year it was Somali Region's turn and all Somali leaders were invited.
Maybe Konfuria Democratic Republic should have National Konfuri Qabil Day (NKQD) and celebrate niiko, shirib, maymay, etc.
Insha Allah walaalaayaal. I think already its pretty diverse.
For instance I believe this photo is the backyard of Borama
The road with the mountainous view is Sheikh Road and the Gollis ranges.
The last photo with the ports is Berbera and Edna is probably somewhere outside Hargeisa in her farm.
The rest is majority Hargeisa and not sure about the camel with the koor.
Rageh Omar supports the construction of Somaliland's National Library. Photos coming soon. The dream is becoming realistic. It all began with one man and that's the Somaliland secret. Every soul has a role to play in society regardless.
I am glad you admit that you remain the enemy of my people and its mere 'game' for the folks in Mogadishu. It was a game to watch 250,000 perish because Mogadishu refused to stamp the papers for development for them because they didn't feel 'in control'.
Thanks for confirming and coming clean instead of accusing me of cuqdaad because I saw them for what they are.
Define cuqdaad. I have no hatred towards the South but they remain the single entity denying a bottle of water to my people. Today we going to install a $30m worth system and we had to fight for it. Why do we have to fight for it if you really wanted others to have access? Why can't the government of Mogadishu simply stamp development aids for Bosaaso, Kismayo, Hargeisa and Baidhabo while it recovers? Why do everyone have to wait and be held hostage?
The Somaliland Fund is alive today with $60m sitting in the account of the planned $1.2b and every dollar was a war against the Mogadishu stamp.
I am trying to show my people the light who think just bombs and guns are 'war'. Stamps, diplomatic credentials, international recognition are all means of war...they continue to deny you all of that.
That's much worse genocide than Barre luckily our people are resourceful and restless and hard headed who refuse to give up and accept to be defeated by a stamp in Mogadishu.
All the papers and emails are online.
It's no accident that two man-made famine occurred in the same region. They say lightening doesn't strike twice the same spot.
This is why I support Farole because he understands the war of the stamp. I hope Puntlanders become enlightened because when it comes to the war of the stamp, we are equally more or so victims as much as the other regions. Everyone has to wait 22 years to get a stamp from Mogadishu to receive a drinking water because they are busy fighting over a kursi. It's not good enough.
I'm not the one with the cuqdaad but those in Mogadishu hiding behind AMISOM. I can post all the emails and letters they sent to charity organizations, diplomats, aid agencies, governments if you wish to see it. They even tried to lobby South Sudan because they heard 10 Landers went there for education.
They continue to use the little irrelevant stamp (Somalia Government stamp) against my people. I have the right to bring it into light. That's not cuqdaad. Cuqdaad is the one hiding in the grass and behind AMISOM arms and busy faxing stamped letters.
With Planders at least they fight in the open. The stamp in Villa De Italia is going to become even more irrelevant than it is now, then what?
Brothers thank you for your input and these photos were taken by halyeey Landers such as Yusuf Dahir. He has amazing online account with rare photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yusuf-dahirsomaliland/with/11186545233/
Hargeisa exploded in the last two years as far as the eye can see. It will soon greet Haleeya on the north towards Berbera, Sheikh Aw Barkhadle and even Ubaale to the east and south...while in the west it has already past Xeedho and beyond the mountains of Boqol Jire.
Reducing the gap between the have and the have-not is a key ingredient to success. The picture is a testimony of the huge gap between those who have it and those who don't. You can see a man with a mansion with two replica homes inside his perimeter and below is aqaal Somali
The key to our success is the readily available and humble young men and women who are ready to serve and protect. Allow Dhowr.
Somaliland coast is endowed with a rich long coastline that is home to extensive list of fish and marine species including tuna, albacore, lobster, swordfish, kingfish, sardines, mackerel, crayfish, shark, snapper, grouper, grunt, trevally, emperor, barracuda, goatfish, parrotfish, sea bream, mullet, shrimp and crab. It remains fully secure from pirates and illegal fishing by foreign boats. It is also untapped and open for investors. The current annual fish catch is estimated around US$32 million.
The country has several existing fishing companies including Ceeldaraad Fishing Company, Las Qorey Tuna Trading and more about to be established including Pontus Marine. London-based investor and local millionaire, Mohummad Yusuf, the CEO of number of companies including Pontus Marine plans to inject $5 million as an initial investment into the Somaliland fishing industry.
The Somaliland word for fish is Kalun/Kaluun.
Ladies and gentlemen, forumers, Xalimos, Faraxiins and Biito-Biito ciyaaras welcome to the corner of a self-proclaimed Reformist; The Kaluunist of all Kaluuns under the blue ocean and sometimes above.
This will be my little self created corner that will update about the blessed land in the troubled corner of the Horn of Africa.
Nothing will be spared when it comes to Somaliland; the good, the ugly, the development, the corruption---you will get 360 degree HD view with me. Faan iyo wax la so dhoodhobay oo kaliya laga ma hadlaayo. It's about time someone said enough with the lies and with the 'defensive attitude'; its time we addressed issues for truly how they are. Ruunta wax kastaba lagu hagajiya.
Without any further ado, I will now inaugurate; Kaluun & Somaliland with the blessing of the one and only one Mandeeq. Mandeeq is the traditional name of Somaliland and no one makes more sense to this land than her and her music.
No doubt there are people against our people, their aspirations, their achievements, their dreams but you are the only one who can derail your own dreams and aspirations no one else.
Dhagolayashi (deaf people) waxay lee yahin, hashi Maandeeq is lost forever lakin waxan lee nahay we can still hear her koor...qalaw qalaw qalaw...its just matter of time before we catch up with her. No doubt wa bahal socod badan.
Thank you for visiting.
Somaliland sidi hogasha robka aduunba ii hilaacay
....I declare Kaluun & Somaliland OPEN!!
Together we will celebrate each and everyone who contributed to our people. Whether recognized or not, today our people live in great tranquility, decent life and not just any shelter but under amazing homes of lime stone, bricks and glass. We thank Allah first. We recognize those who made it possible with the guidance of Allah.
First edition recognizes EDNA ADAN ISMAIL. We all know her contributions and does not need MC. She is old lady today and we gonna have to need one of the bright Gashaantimo to step up and fill up her big shoes. I believe our girls are the most capable. The Garoodi girls organization impressed me the most. I hope they can find ways to work with Edna then eventually fill up the gap one day.
NOTE: Kaluun is part of the Hawdian Think Tank Group...Kaluun is the deep diver when it comes to intelligence and information gathering. He will go at the depth of the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea to dig out gem, gold and sometimes wax qudhmaay. You will never know what you will get with him
In 1983 I was on xanbaar and yet to crawl. Tthose days the kacaan even took my own father for few hours to recruit as a soldier but only let him go because 'he had family and truck was full'. That's when we left Hargeisa and Aw Barkhadle for Haud where we already had establishment thanks to my family who thought ahead. Them investing in this region in the 1960s had dramatic affect on me and hence why I consider myself more Hawdian than Hargeisawi because if my family fully believed in Hargeisa and SL they would not have plan B in the 1960s in the middle of no where. I respect the family pioneer for that.
No one experienced that war directly more than me. Many of my cousins were in prisons because they took part in the Dhagax Tuur. My abti who was truck driver and supplier for the SNM was shot by the Kacaan but survived...they looted all our properties and trucks. Half of my family served with SNM and fought in places such as Lebisagal, Cadaadley, Baligubaadle. My ayeeyo was against them joining but they used to hide and disappear in the middle of the night...only to return after few months.
Still I have no animosity towards them because that was a regime and we defeated them. I have no issue with PLanders if they claim that Dhuloz are their kinsmen just same way I would claim those in Djibouti and myself in Ethiopia as part of SL thru bloodline.
The problem is Mogadishu which pretends to be our friend but is the biggest snake of them all. They might fool you under the pretext 'never had war' but not me. War is not just AK47 and Tanks----they are busy denying you drop of water by lobbying international community to deny you every penny, every document, every grain of wheat.
Xata cagaad biiyo ah kuma qudhan luckily the IC doesn't pay their economic sanction against our people and other Somalis in the regions.
If they could, they rather see you perish of drought, famine and thirst just like they did to the 250,000 two years ago and the 300,000 RRA in 1993-94. Their heart is not pure and that's why they remain in the mess they are because they have evil intentions for others but it only back fires on them. Until they purify their hearts and souls, there is nothing AMISOM nor Turks can do for them.
These are the real sickies and their niiko hides their true agenda. Nimanka Dblock we coexisted since the dinosaurs walked the land. We went tit-for-tat...wa cadi. Barre was no different.
I rather we have full blown war then their convert war launch behind the curtain. People like me see it and lobby the region to stop the Mogadishu criminals from imposing man-made famine on our people. Biyaha yar kuma ogala...every drop of water in Hargeisa came with a heavy prize.
Mogadishu's convert war against the people of Somaliland is more bloodier and more dangerous than Barre's conventional war. They continue to use the likes of Fowzia Yusuf, Ahmed Godane (back-fired), Osman Kalun and others as proxy for their convert missions not only as economic and political war but also emotional and psychological warfare.
Thus people like Xaaji need to wake up or retire from politics.
Landers are oath to know the elusive enemy hiding behind AMISOM that still claims "Walaalaheen wan ka xunahay xumanti ka so gadhay xukunki Siad Barre" but as soon as the microphone and camera are off run back to their war rooms; fax, email and phone IC aid agencies, charity organizations, diplomats "do not send any maaxda water to Waqooyi Galbeed without our consent, these are violations of Somalia's sovereignty"
That's caqli Konfureed for you. Instead of rallying AMISOM and trying to go through his list of naming new Prime Minister, the useless cambullo president is busy banning little riiwayaad by two seniors who escaped from their nursing homes in North America.
How will these two seniors entertain themselves now? Does he have alternative recreation perhaps jumping through hoops AMISOM style.
Sado Ali played more role in the downfall of Barre than Cullusow and any of the USC crew who only looted the city when it was liberated for them.
Perhaps Sado Ali betrayed them as box snatchers and they didn't want the truth out.
She was part of the campaign against the Kacaan and produced good motivational songs for the SNM.
She likewise spoke against the genocide in Kalshaale against Dhulos by Dhulos wearing our shirt.
As for Sangub, ninka abti ayan uu nahay...wa odaay, he went against us, he joined us...wu ino yimi wu inaga tagay....wa cadi life is like that.
Ruuntu wa flat line but no one lives a life of a flat line. One day you will find yourself on the other side of something you used to support once and that's just nature.
Never support AMISOM thinking and their small 'governmental' decrees.
I differ with Xaaji's views.
Garowe and the D blockians are far more closer and friendlier towards Somaliland than the snake in AMISOM camp. Let's be realistic. More ordinary D blockers came forward and threw their support behind SL than those in AMISOM.
Therefore D Blocks we are immediate neighbors and our nomads will always clash over pasture, wells and camels but those are not collision of cultures, values and ideals. They are resolvable. Let's not confuse nomads mud wrestling in the bushes with politics.
Mogadishu on the other hand has very dark sinisters, agenda and ideologies not to mention completely different culture.
People like Xaaji claim they never clashed with us. That's not true. 70% of Barre's foot soldiers were them and they did the damage with intentions not to only please Aabo Barre the father of knowledge as they used to cry but because they hated us. They tried to mask this later under 'kacaanki' forced us. The kacaanka could have forced our own sons, what makes you more vulnerable? None sense argument and even after Kacaan collapsed you remain the enemy. In 1991 you could have just signed Somaliland's independence from the Mogadishu villa but no you denied them, you even refused to remit some of the trillion dollar worth aid money north...you tried to block them in every international stage. No one has done more damage to Somaliland than the AMISOM crew.
If the fake 'never had war' mentality means anything to some, let them also know the people of Garowe and Hargeisa never had a war. The Khaatumo skirmishes wearing their shirts doesn't count.
If anything Garowe and Hargeisa share more things in common;
1) Hated by the Mad Mullah
2) Founding fathers of Somali Republic; all symbols (flag, emblem, army (originally Somaliland camel corps), etc)...the only mistake we both did was take our creation to the destroyer in Mogadishu
3) Hated by Barre
4) Both declared their Land-land entities before anyone
5) One is pro-secession and the other is the driving force for federation
6) Hated by AMISOM and likes
Perhaps one day they will unify and agree to relocate their capital in Erigavo and secede together from AMISOM.
Ego aside and competition...lets think clearly. We share nothing with Mogadishu.
ELECTION: How Puntland could be lost to terrorists
Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland is scheduled to hold a presidential election in early January 2014. The vote will be conducted only by 66 carefully selected lawmakers and will not be open to the general public.
So far over 25 candidates have expressed their interest for Puntland's top job. There is no elimination nor preliminary stages.
According to reliable information obtained by Hawdian Institute for Strategic Studies, at least five of Puntland's main candidates are said to have links with current and former extremist groups including Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, Islamic Courts Union and al-Shabab.
Few of them have been said to have direct link with Sheikh Mohamed Said Atom, who is the head of al Shabab's Puntland wing in the Galgala mountains.
Those described as having links with radicals including:
1) Ali Hajji Warsame
2) Dr. Sadiq Eenow
3) Abdirahman Mohamed Gablah
4) Al Haj Mohamed Yassin (Iley); a prominent-wealthy business man, Al Haji Mohamed made his fortunes in the real estate first in Zimbabwe then Kenya. He is stunt believe of Sharia Law and many of al Shabab's ideologies. In a 2010 interview in Kenya, he said he will implement Sharia Law across Somalia if he ever becomes the president. He said al Shabab were targeting the former transitional leader Sheikh Sharif because he betrayed them and that was half of their problem. He said the other half is Sharia and he has the answer to both of their demands.
[Hoping for stability, Somalia moving toward choosing new parliament and president - The Associated Press (2003) http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-78802850.html]
Al Shabab sympathizers, financiers and leaders have already successfully infiltrated into Puntland's various apparatus and are awaiting for the perfect opportunity to gain full control.
The upcoming election will not only be a test for Puntland but for the whole region as terrorists shift their strategies. Radical groups continue to slowly pour into all major towns in Puntland. It was just days ago, when they carried out the deadliest attack in five years in the commercial port city of Bosasso leaving at least 8 dead. The car bomb likewise left scores injured many of them life threatening.
Their push into Puntland both militarily and politically is very real. The likes of Al Hajji continue to get funds from wealthy Qatari business associates under the pretext of charity or donations.
The current president of the region, Dr Abdirahman Farole, remains the only true leader who has proved himself before in such volatile region. He is equally considered the guardian of Somalia's Federal Constitution unlike his closest rival Dr. Abdiweli Gas, the former Prime Minister. Abdiweli is often described as an agent of Mogadishu's central government that believes in centralization policy.
The Hawdian Institute for Strategic Studies believes the region with the help of the international community should help the current President Dr Abdirahman Farole preserve and guide Puntland's stability and the decentralization process of Mogadishu. Both Mogadishu and al Shabab remain a critical threat.