Vice President Zaylici’s Calm Leadership By Mohamed Farah Saqiiro

First I want to congratulate the people of Somaliland  for conducting a fair and free election for the fifth time in ten years and the second successful  municipal election.  According to international observers who where present in more than 10 of the 23 districts the polls were conducted in a fair and transparent manner. Their were some minor glitches in some remote districts and few clashes between security and regional communities. Overall it was a great  success.  Democracy is a messy and painstaking business which needs a great deal of coordination and culture among the people.
Those of us who hail from Somaliland and live in the diaspora may not digest how great this milestone is. this crossing of the Rubicon was achieved by the hard work of the local populous on their own. Very few countries from the western world and few others have only achieved this milestone. In the Arab Muslim world it is rare and in sub Sahara Africa only few have conducted fair and free election.
When people say that Somaliland is an oasis of democracy in volatile region of East Africa and the horn, it is not understatement. Don’t look further, just glance the neighborhood which is dominated by despots and dictators. In Djibouti you have a fat cat dictator who directs every aspect of life, whether it is business, politics and culture. Not only he rules with iron fist but monopolizes all economic activities of the nation. Nepotism and corruption is rampant and their is no end in sight. He ruled 14 years and last year he elected himself without opposition again for six years which makes he reign 20 years. by the way he is not going any where.
In Ethiopia Meles died last September after  21 years in power. Just up north in the Red Sea you have Asias Afwerk who rules tiny Eritrea with iron fist. next year will be his twenty second. He is not going any where. In Sudan president Omar al-Badir is still reigning after the coup of 1989 and no opposition is tolerated. he is not going any where either. In Uganda the rebel groups who took power in 1987 which was led by Yaweri mousaveni are their twenty fifth year in power. HE declared that in Africa political parties bring instability in order to rule for lie.
and finally in Kenya after the clashes of the last election where people literally murdered by spears and machetes, the former united nations envoy instituted two parallel  governments to run the country in order to diffuse the tension. It is  unprecedented where you have an executive branch with  vice president and president at the same time with a different prime minister with different party ruling together.  It is like president Obama coupled with  Mitt Romney as a prime minister to make peace.
last but not the least the neighboring Somalia which we all wish for peace once for all is dominated by  two an compromising ideologies of Wadaad and and war lord. They may claim to peace and dignity when they talk or seek power but we all know they have no soul, dignity or conscience. People may starve by thousand , refugees may live like sardines or young men may blow up in pieces, this southern politicians may just fly to foreign capitals and enjoy the meal like tourists. I spent many years working with people so we could bring peace for the Somali. Wax dhib iyo lur midna ma hayo.
Saylici the calm vice president  of wisdom and integrity.
I  met the vice president in early January 2011 when I visited Somaliland  for the first time in 23 years and he came across as a decent and honest man. It was six months after his Kulmiye party won the general election and their were a lot of tensions in the air after the local favorite son and fellow awdalite Rayaale of Udub party lost the election. Their where also questions about his experience in big time politics in Somali land since he spent his former years in local politics. In that brief encounter he espoused confidence and unusual calmness. Watching for the last two years he doesn’t commit gaffes and he does speak always with clarity.  While the Ugaas issues created some divisions among the Awdal community which also affected his effectiveness in the region, he seems he gained back the confidence of  the Awdal people and Somaliland in general. Unlike Rayaale who seemed uninterested on the major issues effecting Awdal Saylici is their when needed. When Awdal and Salal  members of parliment challenged  President Siilaanyo about power distribution and foreign aid project allocation,  he backed them one hundred percent. Rayaale governors could probably have intimidated the members and elders to flow the line. When the presidents palace ministers undermined his authority, he rejected to even visit the Palace and participate the system unless the honor of his office and dignity is stored in full,  which they did.

It is well known that in Hargeysa,  Gebiley and east people respect him for his integrity and hard work.
he participated for the ceremonies of most projects in the country while the presidents age and health
may not allow him to be present. People are judged by their integrity, hard work and by their ethics.
I believe vice president Zaylici has a great future in Somaliland politics which also may lift the
fortunes of Awdal compared to the last president.
In the latest Somaliland election , a Somalilnd solder from Abrayn community who was guarding the election boxes shot accidently  a Bahabar muuse man from Lughaya community when local youths

stormed the station. The vice president paid the local people money for burial and tacsi and told them
the Somaliland State will pay later wherever blood money necessary. He diffused the tension and
the election proceeded as planed.. lately I see a lot of accusations from some community in the west
but the big difference in this election unlike the last one is you are choosing the person rather than the
party. Last election of 2002 Rayaale and Udub chose the first fifteen members of each district which
disenfranchised a large number of communities both in Gebiley and Saylac. One important factor that
those who lost must remember is being the cousin of the mayor doesn’t make your life or your
community better. I don’t think un founded allegations and accusations will not tarnish the clean and
honorable record of the Vise President Zaylici. I believe these communities must work with those
elected and build together a bright future.
Finally I would like to advice to the people of Awdal to enjoy your fruits. you don’t trow your victories to the wind. let us not deny our people their victories A famous Somaliland  poet once said ” Xashee Nin Libin Kaa Xistiyey Xumihii  Waa yaabe. Let us congratulate our people and that of Somaliland in general for this great victory. In democracy their are always grievances and quarrels among the constituents but every issue is resolved on the ballot box. You throw out those who may not heed your needs. As long as the guy or gal you who is ruling is coming to your door for votes you have the power to reward or punish. Their was a big difference between the last election and this where you elect the person rather than the party machine which in turn may bring better councilors to the cities. I think it is about time that we the diaspora must engage the homeland in a positive way rather mourn and point finger. Also the mayors and councilors must be accountable to the need and well being of the cites they run.
Mohamed Farah (Saqiiro).
Edmonton, Alberta.

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