The whole of Somaliland is up in arms again as an Italian-born EU Director-General openly sides with the feeble Somalia government in Mogadishu.

Mr Stefano Manservisi is the EU-Commission Director-general for International Cooperation and Development.. Mr Manservisi is Italian.

For whatever reason or excuse, Mr Manservisi signed a 23-million Euro Project for Somalia on Saturday. The Project was meant to help develop coastal areas. Mogadishu and Berbera were specifically earmarked to benefit.

Sadly, Mr Manservisi did not take into account that Mogadishu had no jurisdiction over Somaliland areas in which is the thriving Red Sea port of Berbera. Somalia had nothing to do – except sabotage – with the more successful Republic of Somaliland since 1991.

The project to, perhaps, intentionally raise the hackles of Somalilanders and rub more salt on the calculated, hurting barb against the country’s sovereignty, named it after a Mogadishu Mayor, Engineer Yarisow, who was recently slain at his office under dubious circumstances.

The Director-General, also, completely ignored the Special Aid Delivery Arrangement which the international partners, including the EU he represented, had working with Somaliland since 2013.

Quite unabashed either of his ignorance or partiality, Mr Manservisi tweeted his happiness:

This was followed by a barrage of retorts from indignant Somalilanders, as well as non-Somalilanders. One of them, Marian Robly, taunted Mr Manservisi to come to Berbera with his broadcasted happiness.

Somalilanders interpreted the move on the part of Mr Manservisi, separating him from the wider EU platform, as open empowerment of Somalia claims against the Republic of Somaliland.

Upon his return from a visit to West African state of Guinea Conakry, president Muse Bihi revealed that Italy put pressure on Guinea not to receive him and his delegation as befitted a head of state.

Italy either colonized or acted as Trustee of Somalia from 1884 to 1960 where Somaliland as only a protectorate under Britain.

Quick to underline the blunder Mr Manservisi made, the government of Somaliland reiterated its stand on aid or development partnership channelled through Mogadishu.

Abdirashid Ibrahim Abdirahman, the Director-General of the Somaliland Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, who, before he assumed his current position was the Director-General of Planning and International Cooperation, encapsulated how erroneous was Mr Manservisi’s judgment.

Another Somalilander, Ali Jibril, copied the clearly demarcated maps of Somalia and the Republic of Somaliland on to a Tweet urging the Somaliland media to take part in educating both Somali and non-Somali audiences on how different and far apart the two countries were.

Below sample tweets map the reaction:


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