Repartition of Somalia
Salma Abdikarim (Keydmedia) - On the 27 of October 2011, a short-listed 27 countries and interest groups had two days of meetings in Oslo, Norway. The theme of the meeting was based on dual tracks: Exploitation of Gas & Oil resources in East Africa and partitioning Somalia into proxy regional states. Needless to say the country in reference was Somalia.
Somalia is a victim of its own political and social paradoxes: It perplexes any willing, honest broker(s) and thrills those who exploit economic interest and Political controversy. Somalia is not a transparent country and the actors of the murky waters are as elusive as runaway a leopard.
How come that Somalia is the worst enemy of itself, would ask many world citizenry: People of homogeneous identity, language, religion and cultural and social values, yet as anarchic of unheard dimension.
The seeds of anarchy are sown by the current leaders, but in general, Somalia is seen a difficulty country to rule itself or by others- a political view held by USA foreign policy since the early days of sixties.
Some vanguard countries, like Ethiopia and Kenya hold the political view of undertaking the 2nd leg of re-partitioning Somalia, a poignant view missed by the Europe’s’ colonial conference held in Berlin in 1884 during the Scramble of Africa.
In Oslo meeting, some participants had overlapping visions and interests of revamping Somalia into a new fold of political class that fits any failing nation in the 3rd World countries, like Somalia.
However, the dominant topic in the agenda was how to divide Somalia into several proxy state regions and exploiting its natural resources.
A midwife technical follow up meeting has taken place in the 2nd day in Oslo under the auspice of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki Moon, and the participates were a short-listed leaders of EGAD front line countries, which included: Mr. Raila Oginga, the Prime Minister of Kenya. Mr. Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and Mr. Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda.
The major issues discussed and updated included: (a) Frontline states to have a strong military presence in southern and central regions of Somalia.
- Legitimizing the Kenyan military presence in Somalia and putting in lot with AMISOM contingents, while bringing Ethiopian army back into the new fold.
- Eradication of al-Shabaab and piracy infestation from East Africa, as long as it takes, and
- Exploiting the natural resources of Somalia and beginning in land and marine resources and sponging gas and oil fields, wherever they are located.
A 10 billion USD has been awarded to Chinese state companies by frontline states, the biggest inter-regional project in East Africa in which Somalia is not part of the stakeholders.
The 10 year long contract offers broad-based economic boom for EGAD countries minus Somalia. The 10 billion USD dollars contract includes laying gas and oil pipelines from Somali offshore fields to Lamu port in Kenya-the major refinery point. Then road infrastructure and gas and oil pipelines will connect to Mombasa, Kenya, while the distribution of gas, oil and road infrastructure will connect from Lamu, Kenya to Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and south Sudan.
The partition of Somalia and the exploitation of its natural resources are in progress. In early October, Norwegian TV stations had already shown Chinese engineers and workers on the ground and building the oil rig platforms off the shore of Somalia facing the Jubba lands.
In the Oslo meeting in late October, there’re no physical Somali partners present there for the new repartition design of Somalia’s fate and the exploitation of its natural resources. But the stakeholders of Somali repartition had in possession of written documents and assurances of the TFG leaders.
The President of the TFG Mr. Sherif Ahmed and the Prime Minister Mr. Abdiweli M. Aligas had given green light to the endorsement of Somali tragedy and signed the repartition document, while pocketing their share of the Somali spoils.
It is known that our so called leaders are mindful of their pockets, while the future of Somali masses languish as an appendix under the mandate of UN and the EGAD countries.
Salma Abdikarim Ayuub – Keydmedia.net editor - Columbus, OH
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