Mohammed Dahir Ahmed
Mohammed Dahir Ahmed

Multiparty democracy has its pros and cons in Muslim communities where radical groups aspire to thwart and hijack the democratic process to their advantage. Somaliland political parties are in dire need of financial support especially when they are in opposition which makes them an easy prey for anyone who has got surplus cash, regardless where that cash originated from. So far political party funding rules and regulations does not exist and the parties do not have a donating member’s base which forces political parties to seek funding from any source.

The radicals have joined Kulmiye when it was in opposition and badly needed their support. After Kulmiye won the election they became the most powerful ministries in the cabinet and turned the country upside down. They managed things with their unschooled and naïve mentality ignoring all the rules of the land. They have attempted to take over the chairman and the presidential candidate posts of the ruling Kulmiye party.Neverthless, the Somaliland populace and the party apparatus led by Honorable Ahmed Mohammed Mohammud Siillanyo saved the party from the radicals. The party elected Honorable Muse Bihi Abdi as its chairman and presidential candidate for the upcoming 2017 elections. The radicals resigned from the government with the order and advice from Qatari and Saudi based radical organizations such as Muslim brotherhood and Alislaha al islamiya.

While the radicals were in the Kulmiye government they looted public properties, taxpayers money and installed their unschooled crooks in every department of the government from the customs, immigration, security, state enterprises, civil society organizations, election commission, political party registration committee and local authorities. They have created radical traditional leaders who have allegiance with their religious organizations and not the clan they purport to represent. They have belittled knowledge ,meritocracy and preferred their unschooled foot soldiers in the expense of highly educated Somalilanders .Any graduates they  have placed if any, were from islamists funded universities in the Middle east, Africa and Asian countries.

To exploit other vulnerable political parties the same way they have tried to hijack Kulmiye party, first they have approached UCID party but the chairman refused to accept their blind ambition of getting Ucid 2017 presidential candidate.

Now, the radicals have finally  joined  WADANI opposition party 10th of October 2016,bargained with money they looted from the state coffers which they publically state that it is in the tens of millions of looted Somaliland taxpayer’s money. Now Wadani party is dominated by radical groups whom are connected with international radical organizations such as Muslim brotherhood, Alislaha, and Damuljadiid.Lastly Wadani party became an offshoot of international radical organizations. This group who have joined Wadani are not threat only to Somaliland peace and stability but they are also a threat to the regional and global security as well. Wadani party was expected to consider the associated risks with this group and to learn a lesson from the wrongs they have done in the government they resigned from, to the contrary Wadani party welcomed them with fanfare but history will tell what they in turn get from this group. This also paints a dark picture on Wadani party’s call for change, since it has welcomed those whom have done grave wrongs to the country. Therefore the country needs someone who saves the country from this group and their party of Wadani. In my opinion the only candidate who has the stamina to save the country from this group and their Wadani party is Kulmiye presidential candidate Muse Bihi Abdi, who have previously succeeded to save this dangerous group from taking the chairmanship and candidacy of Kulmiye party.

Kulmiye presidential candidate, Muse Bihi Abdi is the only candidate who is well conversant with the security, geopolitics and historical undertakings of the Horn of Africa region. He was Somaliland Minister of Interior and security in one of the difficulty periods in Somaliland history, when unruly militia groups were scattered all over the country. He participated in the militia demobilization, reorientation and rehabilitation. He laid the foundation for Somaliland Police and converted unruly militiaman into proper police officers keeping the rule of law and protecting citizens and their properties. He was the chairman of the landmark Baligubadle conference in the 1990s where SNM veterans handed over power to the house of elders. He is well conversant in the dynamics of current insecurity in the Horn of Africa and Arabian Peninsula. He is well aware of the ambitions and desires of some groups to thwart Somaliland democracy and harm not only Somaliland citizens but also adjacent neighboring countries. In the current age of globalization and digital interconnectness, he understands well how the security of Hargeisa, London, Addisababa and Nairobi are interconnected and how it is important to have close security cooperation. Hence this makes Muse Bihi Abdi a suitable candidate to lead this nation, which is an oasis of stability and peace but locates a volatile horn of Africa.

BY: MOHAMMED DAHIR AHMED, HARGEISA, SOMALILAND

EMAIL:M_ddahir@hotmail.co.uk

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  1. Mr Dahir, the last time I read your article you were an expert in Islamic Finance. Not sure how many hats you wear. The same Islamic folks you are accussing as “unschooled” are the same ones you butter your toast in your morning table.

    You are entitled to your views. We all are. If you choose to be Mr Bihii’s presidential bid spokesman or chief strategist, then so be it. I have read many of your articles (and others like Sagal’s) purporting to praise Bihii. I smile silently when you overdo it though.

    You are very predictable just like Ms Sagal. A quick sneak peek through your articles quickly reveals the obvious slant in your opinions. FYI, Wadani has the right to welcome any defectors on board. Politics is a game of numbers. The more you welcome, the more the chances are of winning the ultimate prize. As far as I see, it seems to be doing a good job of wooing dissenting voices over to its sides. The recent elders are a clear illustration.

    I have respect for Bihii for his military strengths and exploits. But that does NOT make him the favourite for the top job. When Obama was campaigning for the POTUS as a fresh-faced youngster, his opponents were quick to point out his lack of foreign policy experience. Despite this, he ultimately made it. In fact, when you look at the current duo of Trump vs Hillary, you’ll realise Obama was way ahead in terms of decency, honesty, brilliance and debating. There is no comparison!

    What I find annoying about Bihii and his supporters is that they wrongly believe that it is now his turn to lead. Excuse me but the Somaliland presidency is not a piece of cloth or furniture (property) to be handed over from one clan to another or its associated/affiliated ones. Somaliland is not a monarchy brother. Bihii has to prove to us, the Somaliland voters that he has what it TAKES to be the next president.

    That will be decided not through bullets but through the ballots. The Somaliland public is getting more informed, educated and discerning now than ever before. We can clearly see through mere rhetoric and false Kulmiye propaganda like yours and that of your ilk.

    The ordinary citizens (wadani) are sick and tired of the looting, corruption, neglect and lack of support for the suffering of the common people.

    In my view, Bihii represents a continuation of the status quo. We all know how many times elections were postponed artificially just to favour a few people and their ambitions. Not gonna happen this time folks. The elections are just a few months away. I can imagine the fear in Bihii’s heart when he sees all these defections. A sign of things to come? May be. May be not. Only time will tell …..

  2. It is laughable that you admit welcoming every hardliner,corrupted,for the mere fact of wining an election. Wadani candidate Mr. Abdirahaman Irro has been tested as the speaker of the house of representatives for the last 12 years in abject leadership failure,therefore it does not make sense for him becoming president.

    Hirsi, former minister of the Presidency and his radical companions of Damuljadid and Ihtisam can not call for a change.

    Muse bihi is up to the task of change and development.

    Mr. Media-watcher if your are confident and want to comment the articles of the highly educated and esteemed Somalilnaders like Mohammed Dahir just please uncover your identity. Hiding your identity shows your emptiness,cowardness and ignorance .

    To my knowledge Mohammed Dahir and Kulmiye presidential candidate Muse Bihi are not from the same tribe but I bet that your are from Irro’s tribe with naive tribal mentality.

  3. Thumbs up; I really admire the thoughtful analysis of this writer Mr.Mohammed Dahir. I always read his articles with interest.

    This gentleman called himself Mr. media-watcher is just a jealous idiot with full of hatred and ignorance.

    Mr. Dahir, keep it up the good job and just ignore the comments of the aliens

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