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  • Title: [SW News][Dr. Hassan Ali Mirre] Need For a Technocratic Government
  • Posted by/on:[AMJ][Thursday, August 10, 2000]

.....A widespread viewpoint, presented as a political maxim, maintains that “a
bad government is better than no government”
. This is obviously more of a glib
utterance than a nugget of political wisdom.
“A bad government” not only
produces
“no government” but inexorably leads to anarchy and all its
attendant barbarities. In this context, one may rightly ask: why be satisfied with
anything less than a good government?....
Dr HAM 10 Aug00


NEED FOR A TECHNOCRATIC GOVERNMENT

Dr. Hassan Ali Mirre



In a previous presentation the thesis was forcefully advanced that Somali
political crisis was primarily due to the sheer incompetence of our
political leaders. While this viewpoint hardly received any attention at the
conference judging from the contents of its proceedings developments, there are
inadvertently giving solid confirmation  to the validity of this conclusion.

After several months of discussion, argumentation and consultation, the
delegates have adopted the distribution of parliamentary seats on clan basis
– a development that has instantly opened up a Pandora’s box which is already
blocking the progress of the conference and may even exert far-reaching
consequences on its success or failure.

It is important to direct closer scrutiny to certain vital aspects
strategically related to the endeavor to find adequate solution for this knotty problem.

THE CLAN AS A GUIDE. The CLAN is a false idol that has mesmerized our minds
for centuries and has enslaved our thinking and our existence. The Somali
society derives no perceptible benefit or any constructive contribution from our
submission to its guidance. It has indeed diverted us from following the
steps of the human caravan on the correct road of economic, social and political
progress toward a cull-de-sac where internecine conflict and sterile warfare
dictate the pace of life and continuously swallow up the meager energies and
scarce resources of our masses.

As such, the Clan does not deserve to be viewed or adopted as a strategic
guide to our political decisions and thinking. We Somalis are fortunate in
possessing most of the requisite qualities and preconditions for nationhood-common
language, history, culture, sense of belonging etc.-albeit sorely lacking
the vision to grasp, recognize and act on the value of this shared heritage.

To resort to clan as a useful political instrument is, as I see it, a grave
mistake that will not only produce dangerous consequences but will surely
exert negative repurcussins on our national life for many years to come.

2. RESURRECTION OF A SOMALI GOVERNMENT.

There is no doubt that SOMALIA desperately needs to rebuild its political
institutions – Government and parliament – so as to regain its lost status
as a sovereign state. At this stage the relevant question that calls for closer
analysis and consideration is: what kind of government? A jerry-built
government composed of the remnants of the military Dictatorship that has enslaved
Somali people and deprived them of their fundamental rights and freedoms for a
period of 21 years? Or the warlords and their collaborators who have committed
massacres and other atrocities during the past decade?

These forces – remnants of the dictatorial era and the warlords and their
collaborators – are united by one objective: to block the selection of
qualified, competent and conscientious individuals to head the new
government.
The reasons are: 1) They are gripped by inordinate fear that they might be
brought to trial before a court of law for the crimes they have committed
and the resources they have plundered during their tenure of high governmental
offices; and  2) they equally fear the impact from the visible achievements
of such a government could exert on popular consciousness and perception in
comparison with their incompetence and lack of  patriotism.

A widespread viewpoint, presented as a political maxim, maintains that “a
bad government is better than no government”. This is obviously more of a glib
utterance than a nugget of political wisdom. “A bad government” not only
produces “no government” but inexorably leads to anarchy and all its
attendant barbarities. In this context, one may rightly ask: why be satisfied with
anything less than a good government?

Now, a golden opportunity presents itself to the conference participants to
rise above mundane and inglorious concern with personal gain by 1) showing due
appreciation of the historic role they are called upon to play; and 2) by
concentrating their thoughts and their constructive energies on how best to
establish a government that could save the country from its mindless drift
toward extinction.

3. One thing is quite plain. The country does not need any recycling of
those who have used dictatorial and barbaric power to destroy the country and
massacre its helpless population. If such a thing happens, we would easily relapse
into bitter clan conflict and warfare more barbaric and destructive than the
conflicts of the last decade.

I would like to say a word to the Somali citizen whether at home or abroad.
Your indifference to the fate and suffering of the helpless masses represents a
direct support to the political wolves conspiring to reestablish dictatorial
rule in Somalia. They know their interests and objectives and they are
determined to realize them at the Djibouti conference. Can disorganized
people defend themselves? The answer is obviously negative.

I hope that the international community would show greater interest in the
Somali case than they have done so far. We believe there are dangerous
developments under way to repackage supporters  and collaborators of
warlords and dictatorial regime as born again democrats willing and able to
scrupulously respect constitutional and democratic form of government.

In particular, I wish to urge such Human Rights Organizations as Bay Centre
for Conflict Prevention, Amnesty International and Africa Watch to stay alert to
the political background of candidates for the highest offices of any proposed
Somali Government.

 

 

 DR. HASSAN A. MIRREH
P.O.BOX 53280

TEL:506718 NAIROBI,
NAIROBI - KENYA
EMAIL :   dirir@insightkenya.com





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