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Rayaale Has Got His Sums Wrong Again

Issue 323
Front Page
Index
Headlines

A Lion Kills Woman In Hargeysa After Breaking Loose From Aviation Minister’s Private Zoo

Somaliland Police Arrests 5 Men Suspected Of Involvement In Piracy Attacks Off The Coast Of Puntland

Somaliland Gov’t Expresses Resentment On UN Special Envoy’s Report To The Security Council

At least 10 killed as Somali troops shell a market

So There Is Somalia And Somaliland: The African Union As Well As The United Nations Must Recognize‏

Riyale's Last Cabinet Reshuffle And What It Portends For His Political Career

Second tallest man has biggest hands

Somalia government in trouble

Somalia: Going Beyond The Terrorist Designation

Rayale’s Republic Of Clanistan

Kosovo, Tibet: Same Or Different?

Regional Affairs

10,000 Health Workers Stop Polio In One Of Most Dangerous Places On Earth Somalia Passes Polio-Free Landmark

High Level Summit To Focus On Somalia’s Economy

Puntland Leader Sacks Interior Minister: Report

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Obama has chosen his running mate

Man Accused Of Killing Four Children OK To Stand Trial

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Djibouti: St Tropez In The Horn?

Better Deal For Somalis Who Send Money Home

Guards For African Leaders Battle; Dozen Injured

Dad Pleads For Son's Killer To Turn Himself In

Ghanaian Fashion Accessory Is Plastic Fantastic

Obama Campaign Sparks Local Somalis' Interest In Election

Father Sells Daughter For Qat Money

Food for thought

Opinions

Somaliland: UNHRC Praises Continued Progress

Democracy Threatened: The Legitimacy Of Elections In Africa

Somalia: A publisher reissues a book on Somali names and nicknames

Announcement: Expert Discussion On The Future Of Somaliland

Africa: Kosovo Vote Could Impact Continent

Global Hip-Hop Artist K'naan Releases First US Album

Death Likely If Convict Deported: Friend


By
Mohamed Yabarag

Somaliland, unrecognized and lacking resources to feed its starving citizenry, can ill-afford another grandiose project such as the one Rayale’s government has just announced largely to outsmart and outwit the opposition who are believed to have similar programme in their political manifestos. If the government’s intention is to bribe the electorate ahead of the upcoming election with such nonsensical ideas, then once again they got their sums spectacularly wrong. Quite simply Somaliland cannot afford one more region and a few more districts here and there let alone six new whole regions and fourteen more districts in a country as impoverished as ours and shunned by the international community whose entire revenue almost depends on the tax collected from the women and men selling Kat on stalls in the major cities and towns. Somaliland has no fund to support such an expansion and it does not make economic sense at all. It is a complete madness and should be reversed before it is too late.

Somaliland government has repeatedly told the public as well as the press on an umpteenth times that its annual budget barely reaches twenty Millions dollars ($20M) and yet by increasing the country by another massive six regions and fourteen districts, it embarked on a project that will further drain the meager resources of the government’s already under budgeted ministries and agencies. Already overstretched in terms of funding and in dire need of government support in running their daily commitments, how does Rayale’s government want these ministries and agencies to further function effectively under these circumstances? How could a government failed to deliver its past election promises on many occasions mainly due to financial constraints can dream such madness as this? Don’t they realize that this expansion programme needs money to run the increased oversized government departments at both regional and district levels? Don’t they know that six more regions and more than a dozen districts mean more governors, more district commissioners and their deputies, more courts, more police stations, more hospitals, more schools, more teachers and above all more responsibilities? Do we expect these people to work for free? Even if some say they will do, isn’t it obvious that they have to earn their living from somewhere? And we know what this means for the people expected to live under such circumstances.

Somaliland people have had enough under this government. They have promised a lot and delivered a little. We have already one of the largest government ministries in the world to put up with and their many ministers and junior ministries, all helping themselves with massive salaries and perks. Some people may be celebrating because they were awarded a region or a district, but believe me you this is a gimmick and the real losers in this are the people of Somaliland. The legacy of this will be too great a burden to bear for the next generation as well as the current one. The current leaders of Somaliland are simply helping themselves and their families as much as they can in financial terms. If they have the interest of their people and their country at heart, they would not have dreamt such crazy idea as this.

The country needs development projects such as roads, hospitals, schools, etc. It does not need more regions and districts. They country needs to build solid government institutions and proper justice system for the coming generations as well as the current one. It does not need more bureaucratic and oversized ministries, agencies, regions and districts. The priority of Rayale’s government should be centered on improving of what we already have, and not fathom ideas that will only make matters difficult for future generations to deal with. It is a common practice for governments to come up with daft ideas such as the one we are currently witnessing under Rayale’s government when they outlive their sell by date. This government, running out of support and friends, has also run out of useful ideas and the sooner we see their back the better. The country deserves better than this.

myabarag@yahoo.co.uk


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