Somalia: Prime Minister Abdiweli is not a traitor
I enjoy reading analyses by Hassan M. Abukar of wardheernews.com. His sense of history and his familiarity with key personalities in Somali politics inform his insights. However, I would like to take issue with Hassan over his views on the the Prime Minister of Somalia, Professor Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. I am not a spokesman for the Prime Minister; my intention is to point out where Hassan’s analysis changes into personal attack unwittingly.
There is difference between agreeing to what someone has said and using what someone has said as counterpoint to your view. It is not Prime Minister Abdiweli who claimed to have achieved a lot during his tenure as a prime minister, it is Hassan who made the pro-change assessment and challenged it with baseless argument from the Prime Minister’s detractors. Does that mean Hassan is wrong but they are right as far as their views on the Prime Minister is concerned? Hassan wrote:
“Abdiweli did well during his short stint as prime minister and might be re-appointed. The outgoing government headed by Shaikh Sharif and Abdiweli as its Prime Minister—in conjunction with AMISOM forces and the UN Envoy to Somalia, Ambassador Mahiga– deserve much credit for 1) the expulsion of al-Shabab from many parts of the south, including Mogadishu, 2) the writing and adoption of the new constitution, and 3) the ending of the transitional period of the government. Moreover, he brought Puntland on board.Abdiweli’s critics do not consider him an agent of change, and some see his close relationship with Kenya, a neighboring country which has strong territorial, economic and political interests in Somalia, disturbing”
Is it not clear to Hassan that he let PM Abdiweli’s detractors do the thinking for him after Hassan described Professor Abdiweli as an agent of change rather than a Prime Minister who is resistant to change? Hassan subtly alleges the Prime Minister is a traitor because of his ties with Kenya – a line of propaganda disseminated by anti-Abdiweli camps. By the way, I don’t know who these detractors are; I read Hassan making the point on behalf of unknown detractors. (Somalia has ties with Kenya , Dr Abdiweli does not). The propaganda was conceived by people who want Somalis to forget the debate on the Memorandum of Understanding allegedly signed by TFG in relation to the sea border shared by Somalia and Kenya long before Professor Abdiweli joined the TFG as cabinet minister. Hassan knows the Prime Minister was almost assasinated with cabinet members when he was making a speech at the National Theatre earlier this year. No investigation has been launched to find out those behind the suicide bombing at the National Theatre earlier this year. An MP, PM’s Political Adviser and two high-ranking officials from Somalia’s Olympic Committee were killed by the suicide bomber.
Comment in context:
Who will be Somalia’s Next Prime Minister? By Hassan M. Abukar