qFor the first time in the history of the Somaliland political parties, the Chairman of the Waddani opposition party, Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi, appoints a known warmonger who is also a traditional leader to head the party’s regional office in the largest region of Somaliland – Sanaag.
It is the first time, too, that a known propagator of clan hostilities is appointed the highest official of a vast region in which resident are many other clans some of whom have supported Waddani before it shed off its national opposition party mantle.
No part, other than Waddani, had mixed traditional leadership with political affiliation before.
‘Boqor’ (King) Faisal Osman Farah ‘Barack’ has never minced words in encouraging adherents to stay on a clan warpath – the same clan the Chairman also hails from.
Boqor Faisal in two of his more recent ‘interviews’ and press conferences aligns himself solidly with the armed militia of army deserter-turned-Somalia-stooge and a clan agenda that shows little or no sympathy for national unity.
Boqor Faisal said on a 31 July 2019 call-in communication with Hadhwanaagnews.com that the ‘weapons Arre has belong to Garhajis’, going on to add that if the government of Somaliland even as so much as tried to neutralize the saboteur that it would be interpreted as a raid on his clan – Garhajis.
Listen to the part covering 2′:14′ and 3′:26″ of the clip below.
In this call-in from the holiest of Islamic places – Mecca – during the Hajj season he equates the ragtag militia of the ex-burglar, later-turned colonel to the national army.
“The two armies should be kept apart. Everyone should go back to where he came from,” he said.
He did not say where the Somalia-equipped militia should go back to: Puntland – where it shifted from or another unnamed destination.
Boqor Faisal’s divisive harangues, which are not necessarily shared by a great majority of his ‘clansmen’, had long earned him shunned notoriety among Somalilanders. That Waddani encourages it to such an extent is not only a blow to the party but to peace and stability in the region as this appointment seems to condone armed strife and civil divisiveness in a society that could do without it.
The Chairman also appointed a known advocate of reunion with Somalia – a stance which goes against the 1991 decision of the nation to extricate itself of a failed, disastrous 30-year union with Somalia.
The new Waddani representative for Europe and North America, Osman Omar Dool, still holds, more than one facebook account-holder allege, the Somalia, genocide-tainted blue flag of Somalia higher than the tricolour, contemporary standard of Somaliland’s restored sovereignty.
The man is a prolific user of Facebook to exhort viewers to blindly follow Waddani, and to drum up clan support for its leader. He uses it, primarily, to promote clanhood and civil rift. The clip below serves as more than an ample example.
Another dismal reality of the party leadership’s view of how to run a political entity such as an opposition party is so intertwined with clan myopia, observers have been saying about Waddani, particularly. Most of its higher officers and representatives, including the above two, hail from the same clan phylum as the Chairman. To dilute that since it cannot reverse it altogether, the Chairman had appointed a sprinkle of officers from other quarters. ‘Not enough by a far shot’ – critics maintain.
If the party does not change this tack very soon, none can be certain of how its composition will be in a few months time. Certainly, critics point out, it will run out of words to convince true supporters of the party and the Somaliland nationhood as Suwara Qadan (below) another prolific user who uses her account to promote Somaliland nationhood, peace, stability and sovereignty in light, very touching banter.