[Dehai-WN] Mareeg.com: Somalia,s Roadmap Conspiracy unveiled in Garowe

From: Berhane Habtemariam <Berhane.Habtemariam_at_gmx.de_at_dehai.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:37:27 +0100

Somalia,s Roadmap Conspiracy unveiled in Garowe

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December 28, 2011

Mareeg.com-London UK-Holding a Somali conference in Garowe, the capital of
Puntland State was high praise for the local population and opportunity for
all Somalis to engage a genuine national reconciliation. Puntland State duly
represents the interests of one sub-clan of one of the 4.5 Somali clan
families. However, the population of Puntland State has no responsibility
for the flaws and self serving outcome of a conference organized to promote
externally driven agenda that conflicts with national reconciliation and
ownership, transparency, accountability and sovereignty. Apart from the
gaffes, strange and contradicting statements displayed during the opening
and closing remarks, the conference ended peacefully and politely but it
opened multiple doors wider for foreign influence and dismemberment of
Somalia. The hard to seize solution is true commitment to “Somali national
vision” based on widely accepted reconciliation, shared interests, values,
and truths for restoring new national identity.

The Garowe Conference- dubbed the First Somali National Consultative
Constitutional Conference was exclusively organized, funded and controlled
by the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). It is far from
the truth to say that the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) conveyed the
conference. As a matter of fact, UNPOS made the hasty convocation of the
conference scheduled on December 21-23, 2011 through a press release
022/2011 issued on December 19, 2011 after the Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh
Adan has been ousted from office on December 13, 2011 with 280 and later
with 287 votes. Furthermore, the selected participants were merely invitees
to the conference opened by the President of Puntland. Finally, the agenda
and the official document of the conference, certified by the Deputy Special
Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for Somalia Christian
Manahl, were exclusively written in English.

A systematic analysis of the Garowe document
<http://www.garoweonline.com/artman2/publish/doc.hm/Somalia_Garowe_Principle
s_-_signed_copy.shtml> (Garowe principles) reveals abuses of national
sovereignty, political manipulations and disregard of the provisions of the
Transitional Federal Charter (TFC). The document contains threats and
intimidation. Paradoxically, the signers including the ousted Speaker urged
(ordered) the parliament to respect the Kampala Accord which violates the
TFC and thus the legislative power. In addition, they requested the
international community (IC) to take punitive action against any member of
parliament and by extension any Somali citizen for any action or statement
interpreted as derailing the implementation of the mysterious roadmap never
submitted to parliament for approval. Out of the four elements of the
Roadmap, the IC and Ethiopia are keenly interested in the introduction of
clan based federal constitution for ending the current failed transitional
period and inaugurating another 4 years transitional period with its causes
of failure built in. Consequently, UNPOS’s mandate will automatically be
extended for the same period.

The document exempts the top TFG leaders (President, Prime Minister, ousted
Speaker and his two deputies) from no confidence motions, scrutiny,
criticism and accountability for the exercise of their public
responsibilities or power. TFG leaders and their appointees enjoy the power
to rubber stamp the new federal constitution and act without legal checks.
They are free to intimidate and arrest anyone they want, ignore parliament
and good governance practices. AMISOM forces execute their orders with
alacrity. Anybody who opposes the Garowe Principles, Kampala Accord and the
Roadmap will be labeled as spoiler and could face personal risks or end up
at the International Court. This unprecedented fraudulence would belittle
the integrity of the United Nations and IC.

Tied with the illegal suspension of Parliament’s activities for a month, the
Garowe document has put the parliament out of business from December 14,
2011. The document assumes that the current parliament cannot take
legislative resolution action in the last six months before the end of its
term. The end-term date has been moved from August to June 15, 2012.
Premeditatedly, the Kampala Accord of June 9, 2011 has unequivocally
disabled the parliament in advance. TFG is unconstitutional Government taken
over by UNPOS.

As I mentioned in my article[1][1] on the draft constitution back in
September 2010, the Speaker was trusted partner of the IC on the
constitution-based initiative for a transition to a new transitional period.
His removal legally from office shocked the IC in Nairobi and forced UNPOS
to announce the date of the Constitutional Conference in Garowe despite many
issues were under discussion. The Speaker with no parliament in session will
remain IC partner.

The Roadmap transferred the powers of the Transitional Federal Institutions
provided in the TFC to six persons called stakeholders– three mentioned in
the TFC (President, Speaker, Prime Minister) and three added without
plausible justification (Presidents of Puntland, Galmudug and an alternating
representative from Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama). Therefore, all decisions prepared
by the UNPOS under the guidance of the United Nations Department for
Political Affairs (UNDPA) are or will be rubber stamped by the six persons.
The UNDPA is led by UN Under-Secretary General B. Lynn Pascoe of United
States, Assistant Secretary General TayŤ-Brook Zerihou of Ethiopia, assisted
by experts well versed on Somalia. The continuous deterioration of Somalia’s
political situation and the outcome of Garowe conference should persuade the
Department’s leadership to seriously reconsider the direction of its efforts
on Somalia.

In Garowe, the six persons passed constitutional principles without prior
authority, public consultation and with palpable conflict of interests. The
dictated constitutional principles are:

∑ System of government based on federal clan system with undefined
hybrid of constituents.

∑ Formation of National Constituent Assembly of 1,000 members
appointed by the roadmap stakeholders with the authority to approve the clan
based federal constitution. Its life time will only be 15 days.

∑ Conformity of the Federal Constitution to the Puntland State
Constitution.

∑ Establishment of bicameral legislative structure: (a) Upper Chamber
with unknown members of the unknown federal states and regional
administrations and (b) Lower Chamber called federal parliament with 225
members of whom 20% will be women members. The 225 MPs will be selected
through different processes on the basis of clan representation formula of
4.5 for 4 years term. Strangely enough the clan representation and
substitution will not be described in the Constitution. This clause of hide
and condemn clan affiliations but religiously practice clan discrimination
is odious and unpatriotic and contradicts the role of the Traditional
Leaders.

∑ Formation of 15 member interim electoral commission appointed by the
familiar stakeholders of the roadmap and empowered to evaluate and approve
all 225 MPs nominees. The commission overrides the clan rights as primary
constituents of the Somali State. The practical purpose of the commission is
to keep the selection process under the control of the stakeholders and IC
as it has happened in Djibouti in 2009. This kind of controlled process will
defeat the emergence of legitimate State in Somalia.

∑ Nomination of MPs by recognized traditional leaders (by whom?)
assisted by qualified civil society members. This is an anomaly in the
Somali culture because the traditional leaders have the responsibility to
consult with their clan and sub-clan members.

∑ New federal parliament will be sworn on June 15, 2012 but its term
will commence on August 21, 2012. The current parliament is for all
practical purposes dissolved now.

∑ The document decrees that Somaliland is part of the Federal
Government of Somalia. The lack of participation of Somaliland in the future
political process will vitiate the Garowe document.

∑ The Garowe document is final and will not be submitted to parliament
for ratification. It controls the federal constitution in preparation, and
binds the next parliament and Government during the coming 4 years
transitional period.

The process outlined in the Garowe document is replica of 2002-2004 and 2008
processes. The next 4 years transitional period would be another precious
time wasted. Somalia’s roadmap conspiracy is unveiled in Garowe.

In conclusion, there is resemblance between UN (IC) and Al Shabab approach
for establishing governance in Somalia. Both ignore the sovereignty,
interests, and legitimate representation of the Somali people for the
consideration of higher purpose of Allah in the case of Al Shabab or of
Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and of the building block (clan based
federalism) wanted by Ethiopia and Kenya in the case of UN (IC). Al Shabab
sought the help of foreign fighters to implement its governance model in
Somalia, while the stakeholders of the Roadmap created by UN (IC) rely on
the support of foreign forces (AMISOM) to claim authority. Both approaches
forebode bleak future for Somalia.

 
<http://wardheernews.com/Articles_2010/Sept/Uluso/15_Draft_Constitution_will
_deepen_Somalias_crisis.html> http://www.mareeg.com/fidsan.php?
<http://wardheernews.com/Articles_2010/Sept/Uluso/15_Draft_Constitution_will
_deepen_Somalias_crisis.html> Draft-

 
<http://wardheernews.com/Articles_2010/Sept/Uluso/15_Draft_Constitution_will
_deepen_Somalias_crisis.html>
Constitution-will-deepen-Somalia,s-crisis&sid=17295&tirsan=11

 

∑ the stakeholders and IC as it has happened in Djibouti in 2009. This
kind of controlled process will defeat the emergence of legitimate State in
Somalia.

∑ Nomination of MPs by recognized traditional leaders (by whom?)
assisted by qualified civil society members. This is an anomaly in the
Somali culture because the traditional leaders have the responsibility to
consult with their clan and sub-clan members.

∑ New federal parliament will be sworn on June 15, 2012 but its term
will commence on August 21, 2012. The current parliament is for all
practical purposes dissolved now.

∑ The document decrees that Somaliland is part of the Federal
Government of Somalia. The lack of participation of Somaliland in the future
political process will vitiate the Garowe document.

∑ The Garowe document is final and will not be submitted to parliament
for ratification. It controls the federal constitution in preparation, and
binds the next parliament and Government during the coming 4 years
transitional period.

The process outlined in the Garowe document is replica of 2002-2004 and 2008
processes. The next 4 years transitional period would be another precious
time wasted. Somalia’s roadmap conspiracy is unveiled in Garowe.

In conclusion, there is resemblance between UN (IC) and Al Shabab approach
for establishing governance in Somalia. Both ignore the sovereignty,
interests, and legitimate representation of the Somali people for the
consideration of higher purpose of Allah in the case of Al Shabab or of
Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and of the building block (clan based
federalism) wanted by Ethiopia and Kenya in the case of UN (IC). Al Shabab
sought the help of foreign fighters to implement its governance model in
Somalia, while the stakeholders of the Roadmap created by UN (IC) rely on
the support of foreign forces (AMISOM) to claim authority. Both approaches
forebode bleak future for Somalia.

 

Mr. Mohamud M Uluso

mohamuduluso_at_gmail.com

 

 

 


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<http://wardheernews.com/Articles_2010/Sept/Uluso/15_Draft_Constitution_will
_deepen_Somalias_crisis.html>
Constitution-will-deepen-Somalia,s-crisis&sid=17295&tirsan=11


 

 

v the stakeholders and IC as it has happened in Djibouti in 2009. This kind
of controlled process will defeat the emergence of legitimate State in
Somalia.

v Nomination of MPs by recognized traditional leaders (by whom?) assisted
by qualified civil society members. This is an anomaly in the Somali culture
because the traditional leaders have the responsibility to consult with
their clan and sub-clan members.

v New federal parliament will be sworn on June 15, 2012 but its term will
commence on August 21, 2012. The current parliament is for all practical
purposes dissolved now.

v The document decrees that Somaliland is part of the Federal Government of
Somalia. The lack of participation of Somaliland in the future political
process will vitiate the Garowe document.

v The Garowe document is final and will not be submitted to parliament for
ratification. It controls the federal constitution in preparation, and binds
the next parliament and Government during the coming 4 years transitional
period.

The process outlined in the Garowe document is replica of 2002-2004 and 2008
processes. The next 4 years transitional period would be another precious
time wasted. Somalia’s roadmap conspiracy is unveiled in Garowe.

In conclusion, there is resemblance between UN (IC) and Al Shabab approach
for establishing governance in Somalia. Both ignore the sovereignty,
interests, and legitimate representation of the Somali people for the
consideration of higher purpose of Allah in the case of Al Shabab or of
Chapter 7 of the UN Charter and of the building block (clan based
federalism) wanted by Ethiopia and Kenya in the case of UN (IC). Al Shabab
sought the help of foreign fighters to implement its governance model in
Somalia, while the stakeholders of the Roadmap created by UN (IC) rely on
the support of foreign forces (AMISOM) to claim authority. Both approaches
forebode bleak future for Somalia.

 

Mr. Mohamud M Uluso

mohamuduluso_at_gmail.com






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