How do you spot a Somali MP?
By Jamal Hadji Nur
Following a previous trending hash tag on Twitter “#OnlyinSomalia”, yesterday’s trending hash tag “#YouKnowHeIsSomaliMP” started by Hamza Mohamed, an Aljazeera reporter, is akin to its “predecessor “#OnlyInSomalia also started by Aljazeera reporter Abdurahman Warsame.
The amusing yet truth revealing tweets under the #OnlyinSomalia hash tag reflect the growing discontent, of a number of Somalis about the situation in their homeland. Many tweets in one way or the other made references to the ongoing corruption in the country, others spoke about the disunity of a nation that shares the same the religion yet remain in conflict. One of the most shocking recent cases in Somalia where an alleged rape victim was arrested was also brought to light, one tweet reads: “Somalia is a land where reporting rape is a crime” another reads: “You’re jailed for reporting a rape case!”
The tweets under the hash tag “#YouKnowHeIsSomaliMP” were as equally witting as it’s “predecessor” (if I may say so). Most tweets depict the majority of MPs as two faced, incompetent, power hungry, clumsy, money hording and unfit for their positions. Although sometimes exaggerated, it doesn’t require much thought to realize that most of these tweets are based on actual real life incidents or past events, like they say; behind every joke there is some truth, right?
Although some may say that most tweets under the hash tags were negative or may have “portrayed Somalis & Somalia in a negative light”, the truth is that most of what was mentioned in the tweets was the truth & hit the nail right on the head, and as Somalis it’s better for us to speak about these issues and raise awareness rather than brushing everything under the carpet and acting as if everything is all right, and if tweeting about it helps in any way, then why not?
So with that said, the next time you see someone who “calls on the Somalis in the diaspora to return to Somalia & he has a Turkish airlines return ticket to London”, he could be a Somali MP!
For more tweets under #YouKnowHeIsSomaliMP click here
Jamal Hadji Nur is an editor at Harar24. Follow him on Twitter @Harar24Editor.