A DIVIDED TFG & the Polarizing Role of Dr. Augustine Mahiga (Part 1)

By Prof. Mohamoud Iman Adan- Virginia, USA - The current TFG political machinery is shaky and its incumbents are divided and ever in disarray since its inception in 2008, an inner-conflict presided by President Sherif Ahmed and Sherif Sheikh Adan.
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A DIVIDED TFG & the Polarizing Role of Dr. Augustine Mahiga (Part 1)

As often is the case, the political hostility is being brewed within the walls of the government premises and the chamber of the legislature, which leads to mainly a political insolvency played by a handful actors that include: The TFG leadership, the legislative members of the Parliament, the Speaker of the Parliament, President Meles Zenawi and, ultimately Dr. Augustine Mahiga.

In fact, some political analysts put the blame squarely on Meles Zenawi’s political influence and military intervention in the Southern Regions of Somalia as the main roadblock that creates community displacement and political instability, as a whole, which puts local politicians in loggerheads to each other.

Meles Zenawi is not in short supply of backing up a Somali political proxy handpick, who  are prepared to sell their hearts and soul to serve the political designs of a resourceful partner in the next door, while trying to emerge undisputed local tyrants willing to torpedo the will and aspiration of the Somali people. The corrupt financial muscle amassed during their tenure and stashed away for political campaign serves to perpetuate their political ambitions to the expenses of the Somali masses.

However, the tragedy is that 90% of Somalis know the cards played by a few interest groups, yet doing nothing to stop such corrupted power trend ever happening again…!

The UNPOS exasperates the political conflict and aborts the aspiration of the people by staging lusterless conventions held one after another, and invariably taking place in foreign soils. The numerical composition of participants may change now and then, but what never changes is the character and substance of the outcome.

Why? Because it is the work of conflicting political goons who promote respective regional supremacy, or jockeying for government position, instead of formulating intelligent policy good for the Somali Nation.

The general public has no say to intervene the questionable conferences staged by the UN emissary for Somalia in order to reach a sane political settlement viable in the country. After all, the outcome of any positive political settlement passes to the public domain.

The political procedure of UN envoy for Somalia proved to be failing right from the beginning. Again, such timing proved to be wrong, such as the latest conference held in Nairobi on 11-13 April, 2011, because it follows similar political trend that we can simply say, “Utterly counter-productive.”

Unintentional political failures can happen globally once in a while, but Somalia inherits frequent, redundant political misleads and subsequent failures taking place in the past quarter century, which certainly do not serve us a lesson learned.

In lieu of the policy of the New World Order pursued by the UN Security Council, the Secretary General appoints another hand-pick diplomat to take over Somalia’s political dilemma who peddles the same doctrine carried on by his predecessors: namely Mr. Ahmed M.Sahnouni of Algeria, Kofi Annan of Ghana, Jonathan Howe of USA, and currently Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania, including also many mid-level UN intermediary operatives.

Nothing has worked out, and yet, the political controversy is bleeding the country, and inherent problems are ever mushrooming.

During the years of 1991-1995 marked a feasible political season that needed only honest brokers to intervene and solve the leadership imbroglio fought in Mogadishu, where two political contenders were vying for the leadership of the country.

There were ample chances of understanding and political will of reconciliation at the time that only needed a genuine intervention of the UN to midwife a power-sharing formula satisfactory for actors of the day. In fact, the UN Security could have stricken a midcourse compromise that could have dissipated the political animosity of the day and putting a legitimate government in place.

Then AMISOM came to Mogadishu carrying its mandate as a peacekeeping mission, in which the masses had welcomed as an agent of change, a dashed hope that compounded the political logjam of Somalia.

Instead, the former Secretary General UN Mr. Boutrus B. Ghali high jacked the mandate of the peacekeeping mission to becoming part of the local conflict by supporting one faction group and pitting the parties, which had escalated the political conflict even deeper.

By Prof. Mohamoud Iman Adan (    mohamoud.iman.adan@keydmedia.net ) - keydmedia.net Correspondent


Article 21 May 2021 10:14

I read your article on Foreign Policy with keen eyes and interest. While whining from public officials does not deserve response from any sensible citizen of the Republic of Somalia, I felt compelled to counter false narrative with more objective analysis.