EDITORIAL: ELECTION IN HIMAN AND HEEB, A SIGN OF HOPE FOR ALL SOMALIA=

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    EDITORIAL: ELECTION IN HIMAN AND HEEB, A SIGN OF HOPE FOR ALL SOMALIA=

    Mogadishu — In Adado, small town in central Somalia, small members of a regional parliament elect a president to lead the Himan and Heeb region for the coming three years.

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Mogadishu — In Adado, small town in central Somalia, small members of a regional parliament elect a president to lead the Himan and Heeb region for the coming three years.

Five years ago, the formation of such a functioning administration looked a nightmare, but with efforts and sacrifice by small group of Somali Diaspora from UK and US, the dreams were made possible.
A selected 23 member regional parliament, democratically elected in Adado town Abdulahi Ali Mohamed, a Somali from London as the president of Himan and Heeb administration for the coming three years.

After the election Mohamed said, “I am very proud of your trust and confidence that you game me today, I promise to continue the good job my predecessor was doing for the people of these regions”


“I will invite all other neighboring regions and beyond to come together in Adado, learn from us and discuss how we can join our forces together and get strong, democratic a united administrations for all people in central Somalia” he added.
The year 2008 was the beginning of the success of the people of Central Somalia, a region affected by feuded civil war, piracy and dominated by extreme militias such Alqaeda affiliated Alshabab and mystic extremist group Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa.

Abdulahi Ali Mohamed (C), the newly elected Himan and Heeb President

A group of desperate traditional elders elected Mohamed Adam Tiicey, a Somali American, to lead Himan and Heeb administration with the expectation to restore peace and security in the region, establish health and education as well as water points as primary basic needs.

Five years later, the incumbent leaders of Himan and Heeb, literally Mohamed Adam Tiicey and his right hand Mohamed Omar Hagafey better known as Ganoley made undeniable progress to the regions and they have a golden legacy to leave behind.


From left, Mohamed Omar Hagafey, next to him Mohamed Adam Tiiceey, the former president of Himan and Heeb.

Hassan Abdulahi Mohamed aka Hassan Adde, the Himan and Heeb liaison officer in Mogadishu, an official acting as their ambassador to the capital city, describes the life before the beginning of Himan and Heeb administration.

“Before the establishment of the administration the life was so difficult, there were roadblocks in every hundred meters, killing innocent people was as normal as if it was not a crime, and gangs extorting the public were thousands in number, life was so difficult, but now all those things were left behind and life is going in to another direction” Hassan Adde said.

“I remember when there was no single school in the region, and we were discussing about establishing ‘a primary school’ for the children, for the last five years of the previous leadership the regions succeeded to have 32 schools, a dozen of them are in Adado, the provincial town, one can guess the progress from the figures and we expect the new leadership to build universities for the region”

The old days of Adado, the general hospital was in rabble, because it was destroyed during the civil war. There were no private hospitals in the region and the closest health posts were either Mogadishu, 500kms from south or Galkaio 200kms to the North. According to Omar Ali, a medical trader, there were only two makeshift pharmacies in the town before the formation of the administration.

There are four hospitals in the region at the moment; among them are three privately owned hospitals as well as the general hospital, which is fully functioning with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

There are seven MCHs and four mobile clinics with dozens of qualified doctors and nurses hired for the regions by the International Committee of Red Cross, the World Health Organization —WHO, UNICEF and SAVE THE CHILDREN-UK.

Adado got its airstrip, and its people enjoy a daily Khat (Green Stimulant leafs) flight, humanitarian flights and 3 times a week business flights of the central airlines company, of which the founder is from the regions as well.

Hassan Adde believes that, though, the former administration had no funds to establish the basic needs, their capability to reconcile the people in the regions breed the blooming development in the regions, in the tinny Himan and Heeb regions, which had a landmark democratic election last week.

The incumbent president of Himan and Heeb, Mohamed Tiicey, a former election campaigner of the US Democratic Party in Minnesota, said at the election “We came a time our children were dying because of lack of health, our youth were killing each other because of unknown reasons and our people were starving because of lack of basic needs, now, I and my team, are leaving the office a time we have the enough schools, hospitals and water points” “To sustain these achievement the new leaders must keep working on reconciliation of the people, encourage the booming business and maintain peace and security”

The election campaign was a very new thing to the people of the region, but as the world is turning into global village because of the information technology, almost everyone in the region had an idea of what the election means, but it has no personal impact to them as 23 member parliament set to elect the leaders.

Ali Amin Sayid-Ahmed, a very hopeful candidate, who lost in the election to Mohamed, explained before the election what motivated him to run for the leadership of small piece of area in central Somalia as he left from London.

“I saw how things were changing for the last couple of years, I recognized that the change in central Somalia can lead a better future for Somalia and I want to contribute to that future” Sayid-Ahmed said.

Though the stereotype of clan dominance in Somalia is unquestionable, the composition of Himan and Heeb parliament can give a litted odd to one that observes the political power sharing of Somalia.

The Rahanweyn, Jareerweyn, Shiiqaal, Midhibaan and Dir clans are represented in this 23 member parliament. They have their own representatives in the parliament, got the right to vote and may have seats in the cabinet secretaries. One may call it a good example.

Hassan Adde, the Himan and Heeb Liaison officer in Mogadishu believes that, the MPs were not selected from the dominant communities but also all communities who have presence in the region.

“The idea is that every community that has presence in the region, regardless of their original regions, is considered as residents of the region and they deserve to represent and be represented” Hassan Adde told Qalin.

THE COUNTER-PIRACY

The region is still dealing with problems of the piracy, but with joint efforts of the Somalia Anti-piracy Task Force Agency- SATFA and the administration, as well as the civil society of the region, hundreds of pirate men denounced the activity are rehabilitated in camps.

Mohamed Abdi Hassan, the chairman of Somalia Anti-Piracy Task Force Agency Speaking to the media

The chairman of the Anti-piracy Task Forces Agency, Mohamed Abdi Hassan famous as Afweyne, told Qalin that they succeeded to disarm over 900 former pirates and established camps for them.

“Piracy is a key challenge to the security of this region, Somalia and the entire world, since the former president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed nominated me to lead the counter piracy effort in Somalia we made a great progress, we disarmed 932 pirate men, we dismantled their companies and we are rehabilitating them in 4 different centers” Afweyne said.

“The disengaged pirate men need help, they need to be rehabilitated and reintegrated to the public, they see themselves criminals, they feel shame, and they know piracy is a very bad thing” He added.

Afweyne confirmed that Himan and Heeb helped his Task Forces Group to get rehabilitation centers for the disengaging pirates in Adado, Amara, Warshubo and Elhur in order to monitor the movements of the remaining pirates and rehabilitate those disengaged.

“The piracy costs the world $18 billion dollars, and it costs this regions a lot, because they affected all parts of life, but with efforts and loyalty, we succeeded to convince our youth to stop piracy and reintegrate the community” Afweyne said.

“I am sure the Somalia government and the international community know the importance of keeping these young men from the shores, and that is why we are doing it, but they are not supporting us yet, we need their support to maintain the rehabilitation” He added.

Afweyne in a jovial mood said that the world is talking about $18 billions dollars, while his task force didn’t spend $18 million dollars to disengage them from piracy.

“I know the EUNAFOR did great efforts to countre piracy, but they didn’t stop it, and we didn’t spend even $18 millions to stop piracy from the ground, we met the pirate commanders and convince them to stop it” he said.

“I appreciate their costly role of country Somalia piracy, but if the international community doesn’t support the rehabilitation of these young men we have here in the centers they can became desperate, return to the waters and can start giving another headache to the world” he insisted.

The Somalia conflict started from the central regions, where Adado is located, as the light of democracy shines from there, the nation is returning back on its feed with strong democracy, booming economy and international role for the international issues. A dream, but a true dream.

Contact Qalin: news@qalin.net