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Citizens’ Anger And Disgust With President Rayale’s Lies Is Justified

Issue 295
Front Page

President Rayale Shows His True Colors

Mass Demonstrations Held in Hargeysa and Buroa

“It’s Not Right For Somaliland To Be Put Under The TFG”UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Monitoring Group's Credibility and Integrity Questioned

Somali Premier Meets Islamist Leaders In "Secret" Talks In Djibouti

Ethiopian Rebels Warn "African Genocide" Unfolding In Ogaden

Does Kulmiye’s Somaliland Map Include Awdal And Sool?

How Eritrea fell out with the west

US Official Urges Greater African Involvement In Somalia Peace Efforts

Somali Govt Dismisses Opposition "Terrorist" Alliance

The Media and the Somali Conflict

Ethiopian government is killing civilians in separatist crackdown, refugees say

Regional Affairs

UNICEF Says Thousands Of Somali Children Are Severely Malnourished

Democratic governments urged to summon Eritrean ambassadors on anniversary of 18 September 2001 crackdown

Special Report

International News

New US Africa Military Command To Start Work Next Month

Man Behind Bars For Using Wheelchair As Weapon!

Bin Laden's Message To The American People


Somalia opposition forges mixed deal

Refutation of Addis Voice Dictatorial and Barbaric Ethos – Part II

Successful country doesn't exist

The Murder of a CEO

Is an Ethiopian Invasion of Eritrea Eminent

Supermodels launch anti-racism protest

Mogadishu University a beacon of hope for regional Cooperation

Food for thought


Cloths have no Emperor!

SIWB’s Call Is A Recipe For Appeasement And Capitulation

Somaliland, The Ungrateful Nation

The end of Young Dictator

Another Somali Plagiarizer

Uganda: Save Buganda From Itself

Calling All Somaliland/UK Scholars 1969-71



Like most Somalilanders we were happy when it was announced that the arbitration committee was able to midwife an agreement between parliament, the political parties and president Rayale. Little did we know then that President Rayale had no intention of honoring that agreement, but the signs were there. The first indication of something amiss was the fact that the President left the country for Ethiopia without meeting his end of the bargain. When he was asked by reporters at the airport about it, he sounded a bit evasive. However, given the positive atmosphere generated by the agreement, many people wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. Then he came back. Days went by. Still he had done nothing.

In the meantime, Parliament moved quickly and voted twice on the two remaining candidates of the electoral commission, thus delivering on their promise.

But still no action by the President. Instead, his flunkies went on the attack. First they claimed that Parliament broke the agreement because it did not confirm the first two candidates. Then the attacks got more vicious with the Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Tallaabo questioning the bona fides of the mediation committee and accusing jailed Qaran leaders of being foreign agents of al-Qaida who deserve to be shot.

The public began to sense that something has gone wrong. People wanted to know how come Qaran leaders were still in jail even though parliament had re-voted on the candidates of the electoral commission. The arbitration committee felt the heat. So they asked for an audience with the president. After waiting for two hours, the arbitration committee was told that the president would not be able to see them that day, but an appointment was set up for them to meet with the president another day.

When that day came, President Rayale put his cards on the table and said that he would only honor two sections of the agreement on the budget, and would only release Qaran leaders if they wrote a letter to him in which they asked to be pardoned. In a nutshell, the president was re-negotiating the agreement, or to put it bluntly he was not going to honor it. The Poet Gaarriye, a member of the arbitration committee summed up the president’s about-turn this way: “the President we met that day was a different person from the President we met before.”

Disappointed and embarrassed by the change in the president’s attitude, the arbitration committee ended its mediation efforts. In a press conference, Hadrawi (The Chairman of the Committee) and Gaarriye confirmed that, basically, President Rayale double-crossed them (even though they did not exactly use these words).

Immediately public anger began to swell up against a President who brazenly lied to some of Somaliland’s most respected citizens; hence the demonstrations in Hargeysa and Buroa.

In Somali culture, the only thing worse than not accepting the judgment of traditional mediators is to accept it then renege on it, and that is what President Rayale has done. What makes President Rayale’s action even more reprehensible is that he did it at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

That is why the people’s anger and disgust with Rayale is justified

Source: Somaliland Times


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