Somali government drowns in crisis after failed mediation attempts
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Crisis has arisen as the two autonomous South West 6 and South West 3 states remain at odds despite claims by the Somali government that it had reconciled between the two.
A reconciliatory meeting held in Mogadishu which was attended by the Somali President, Prime Minister, officials from the AU, IGAD, EU and the UN, was said to have solved the differences between the two self proclaimed South West states by decreeing that the two merge under the South West 3 state. At the meeting it was further stated by IGAD that anyone rejecting the decree would be “deemed as Al-Shabaab”.
However, the decree was ignored and rejected afterwards by the head of the South West 6 who said that no representative of theirs attended the meeting at Mogadishu, and threatened to wage a war if the South West 3 attempted to come to their territory.
The meeting and agreement was also rejected by elders from the Hawiye clan at a meeting in Mogadishu, who requested ministers, MPs & officials representing the clan to boycott the government, which they accused of giving the clan’s land to others. They further added that it’s the Somali government who needs them more than they need the government, and if the government fails to comply with their demands they would boycott them, and this encompasses their representatives in the government, MPs and military officials.
Abdullahi Godah Barre, the Somali interior minister, also declared that the meeting was illegitimate and unconstitutional, while he was not notified of it. “My ministry is not aware of any agreement. I can really say it is unfortunate that some people are contravening the work of my ministry” he told the media shortly after the meeting while speaking from Djibouti.
This crisis revolving around federalism, autonomy and land is not the first of its kind, as in recent times Somalia has witnessed several self proclaimed autonomous states appearing, with some provinces having several clan led declared states, causing the killing and displacement of many