By: Da’ud Omar
On the 26th April 2009 President Farole issued his report on his first 100 days in office. In it can be found the following.
“The Government will complete the democratization process so that Puntland can hold free and popular elections by 2013. The New Administration plans to allow the establishment of multiple political parties within the next two years in order to achieve the prospect of good governance and finalize the institution-building process.”
“The Puntland Charter guarantees the freedom of the press and the New Administration will ensure that the charter, which is currently under constitutional review, retains the clause upholding the freedom of the press. The independent media serves as the bridge between the public and the government, and the New Administration will continue to strengthen ties to the independent media to engender an environment of free expression with respect to local laws, human rights and good governance.”
“The New Administration fully understands and appreciates the value of peace and security.”
“Production in Puntland is very low, due to a number of critical factors, such as lack of Investment.”
So from the statement from the Office of the President on the 26th April 2009 it can be seen that President Farole was to be in office for four years. Within that four years in preparation for the next elections people needed to be registered to vote and political parties formed to introduce the multi party structure.
But as we can see nothing was done until President Faroles last year prior to the end of his elected period. Remember there was nothing stopping President Farole from standing for election for a second term and being re-elected. Should the people believe he was worthy?
But instead President Farole manipulated the system and gave himself an extra year. At the same time threatening to arrest and imprison any who were against him. This included any potential Presidential candidates and members of the media who spoke against his government.
Forming his own political party which he claimed to be all of his government. It begs the question to ask if ‘all’ his government were happy to be told they were now members of his political party?
Not only changing the four year period of government as only two other political parties have registered within the last month the time to allow registration has been extended. Plus the registration fee halved from $15,000 to $7,500. No doubt the difference in the fee has been returned to those parties who paid the original fee?
But more manipulation is under way. Whilst President Farole moves around he is well aware of the security threat to him, after all there is increased activity by Al Shabaab against the citizens of Puntland. To the extent that he requires around 200 soldiers and at least 17 mounted with heavy machine guns to protect him.
The same protection from the likes of Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda for any potential candidate running against President Farole it would seem is being forbidden. Do not the citizens of Puntland require security from terrorism as well?
In the last four years security within Puntland has become worse regarding both criminal and terrorist activity. Not including the continued unrest along the border between Puntland and Somaliland.
In 2009 both the Interior Ministry and Puntland Intelligence saw the threat from Al Shabaab even before it joined with Al Qaeda and wanted to take action against it. But before this was done the heads of both departments were sacked by the new President. So nothing was done and the threat increased to where we are today.
Today we have a growing threat from these terrorist groups who are making a firmer base in the Galgala mountains. Thus threatening both Puntland and Somaliland. Yet some say that the mistrust between Puntland and Somaliland has been made worse by President Faroles own actions. Yet this confrontation with Somaliland has just gone to help both Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda by allowing them to become stronger whilst the military resources are not focused on the real threat to Puntland and Somaliland.
Peace, Security, Investment. All are pillers supporting Puntland. Yet none are truly inplace.
Before you have people and companies willing to invest there must be security which provides a peacefull envirenment for people to live and work.
Currently there is no security on the borders of Puntland nor within the country. Not only have we seen an increase in terrorism but also by the manipulations of the present President we see a divide now between the government and the people. When all the Clans write to the President saying he no longer has the popular support of the people of Puntland you would expect a President who is responsible for the state of the country to listen.
President Faroles time as President for four years ends in January 2013! He, himself has stated this in his 100 Days Report of 26th April 2009.
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