Somalilandsun: For the first time citizens of Somaliland serving as politicians in Somalia are addressing the issue of their travel status to country if birth.
In a recent interview in Mogadishu the Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mahdi Mohamed Guled (Khadar) who is a Somaliland citizen with his home in his birthplace of Hargeisa explained for the first time why he and others of his political ilk, greater Somalia, cannot travel to their homes.
Having initially argued that he and those other in Mogadishu who share his political persuasion can travel anytime to Somaliland later changed this position stating that
“While we can travel to Somaliland at any time we defer not to for security reasons thence safety of local citizens”
In Somaliland where these sons and daughters of the country serving in Somalia are considered traitors such a visit will surely result in violence.
Stressing on the imperatives of avoiding violence while alluding to the inherent right, the Somalia deputy premier said “while can travel to my home in Hargeisa at will as can the Minister of Information to Burao, the Minister of Constitution to Erigavo, Minister Beyle to Borame, since there is nothing opposing it, we are peaceful people who want violence” said Guled Mahdi.
All those referred above are sons of Somaliland serving the federal government of Somalia as cabinet ministers in Mogadishu namely
- Mahdi Mohamed Guled (Khadar) deputy prime minister from HARGEISA.
Osman Abokor Dubbe minister of information, culture and Tourism from BURAO
Salah Ahmed Jaama, Minister of Constitutional Affairs from Erigavo and
Abdirahman Duale Beyle, Minister of Finance from Borame
Revealing that all Politicians of Somaliland origin serving various organs of federal government of Somalia are in constant communication with Family, relatives and friends back home the Deputy Premier went on to say that the opposing views of Somaliland and Somalia unity can be resolved amicably.
Arguing that if a free and fair referendum devoid of intimidation was held in the country today a majority of Somalilanders believe in the unity of Somalia and would choose unity, which undermines Somaliland’s claim to independence.
In justification of his oft repeated sentiments that citizens of Somaliland who support the notion of a greater Somalia Republic the Mogadishu based deputy prime minister said Awdal region is proof of what “I have said before that there are differences in the idea of unity and separation” adding that
“A regional governor in Awdal who is from the central clan is known to have been surprised by the prevalence of the five pointed and starred blue flag of Somalia in almost every house or premise in the regional capital Borame”
This is not surprising for if every Borama resident of from any other part of Somaliland has blood tested it will come out written Greater Somalia, ”said the Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia.
In the same breath the Somalia Deputy Prime Minister also slammed the President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, on the issue of independence which he termed as a failed notion.
Said he “If it is the view of Muse Bihi, to lead a country that is composed of only the district’s Dumbuluq and Laba Nuuh in Hargeisa and their environs then it’s funny” adding that “For 30 years (Somaliland) has not been recognized which has resulted in her ordinary People losing out on education and other benefits of nationhood like economic development as well thence perpetual poverty leading to massive illegal immigration.
In conclusion the Somaliland born deputy Prime Minister of Somalia urged peaceful dialogue as a route to ultimate end to the 30 years isolation of Somaliland and her people.