Inflation in Somaliland party politics
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Inflation in Somaliland party politics

Hargeysa : Somalia | Jan 01, 2012 at 11:57 AM PST
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I understand that more than 15 political parties have been launched in this small country of 3.5 million for the last few months.

Most of these parties are based on clan affiliation and therefore, lack the sense of nationalism and unity in this young and emerging democracy that is embedded in the most volatile and pirate invested part of the world.

Nepotism and aggression have both been the reasons why the people of SLD have risen against the rule of the Socialist government of Somalia in the early eighties .

The same process seems to be in progress here again. Among the reasons that the phenomenon is repeating itself is because , most of the current leaders and the party founders are remnants of the old regime .

Among the questions that one should ask himself/herself are : is Somaliland making any progress in running away from tribalism in all forms or falling back to square one ? I think that we are not and are addicted to it -and as long as we follow this wrong path - we are doomed to failure .

The saying goes that " you cannot teach an old dog a new trick " so teaching the younger generations about the evils of tribalism is the most viable path for SLD government to keep this young nation intact for the long haul.

My recommendations are that both UDUB and UCID should either overhaul their constitution , nominate younger blood to lead the parties or quit the political system . They have both failed in the current political system of the country.

Kulimiye should not take it granted as the sole party to rule SLD and therefore, should listen to the critics from any opposition party.

The new emerging parties need to have a clear constitution approved in accordance to the Sld constitution and should abide by the limit stated in the constitution.

The number of political parties should be drastically reduced to three as the SLD government doesn't have the resources to monitor and regulate that number of political parties.

Finally , I would recommend that we need to stop this madness and look into other aspects of progress . Let us look into developing the infra structure of the country. Let us build schools , hospitals and develop agricultural lands . Let us utilise the water resources in places like Burao and build small dams to stop rain water ending up in the sea whenever it rains in the Highlands as well as the plateaus.

Let us think different and stay away from political pollution and focus on development.

By : M. Ali - http://www.medeshivalley.com/2012/01/inflation-in-somaliland-party-politics.html

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