The Worsening situation in Puntland, where the opposition and the President Faroole are at a stalemate has taken a dangerous turn yesterday, when Faroole’s regime passed a new order (attached below) to ensure law and order in Bosaso, the largest and the most Important city in Puntland according to the wording of the new Order.
However, according to the vast majority of the residents of the city, the Order, signed by the toothless and little know Security Committee in Bari Region of Puntland was signed to restrict the abilities of the opposition members and particularly that General Abdullahi S. Samantar, who has been in Bosaso since last Wednesday, when he was warmly welcomed into the City by the people of the city in defiance to the authorities, who tried every trick to make the Genral’s arrival a non-event.
Most of the people of the city believe that President Faroole, alarmed by the popularity that General Samantar is enjoying and constant meetings that he is holding with the elders and chiefs of all the Clans of the region, is behind this latest Order to restrict the General’s ability to maintain the momentum that his campaign to de-throne Faroole, whose mandate in Office comes to an end on 8 January of the new year.
While most Puntlanders believe that this latest Order, which basically Forbids the General to hold Public meetings and to have a gun-mounted car following him around the city for his own safety, but allows him to have lightly armed guards, is just a reminder from Mr. Faroole that he is still around, it might lead to troubles in the city and to even more dangerous fighting in the city. Close sources to the General have it clear that the General, who has publicly announced his candidacy the Highest Office in Puntland will disregard the Order altogether and that he will not let liberties under the constitution will not be illegally taken away by anybody, and least of all by those with political motivations who are hiding behind public order and security.
At the heart of the rift between the once two colleagues is the claim by Mr. Faroole that he has got an extension of one year to remain in power so that he might be able to introduce Multi-Party system and free and fair elections in Puntland within that year. General Samantar and all the other opposition candidates don’t accept that assertion and claim the Mr. Faroole’s does not have the right to remain in office one more day after 8 January 2013 let alone one year, and it seems that the vast majority of Puntlanders agree with the opposition as indicated by the communiqués signed and published by practically every clan in Puntland in this past month, the last of which was released just a few days ago by non other the Mr. Faroole’s own clan, who made it clear in line with the rest before them that they don’t recognise his authority beyond the date he was sworn hold office.
In conclusion, this latest erosion of the peoples’ right to meet indicates that the president is running out of options and, that, given his track record of not listening to reason and his tendency to stick to his guns against all odds, which characterised the past 4 years that he has been in power, the people of Puntland are worried that country is headed for disaster. We just hope that does materialise.