Tuesday, 28 August 2012

HOUSE OF SPEAKER SEAT CHOSEN, HOW?


Things are looking real rosy in Mogadishu at the moment. We have officially nominated a House of Speaker. Mr Mohamed Osman Jawari was elected by MPs with a majority in a smooth transaction. For those of you that are mystified how the process goes, it’s pretty straightforward. Let me explain in further detail.

Before the election, it was decided in principle on an agreement called 4.5. What does this 4.5 mean? Well, this 4.5 is a share of control between the 4 major clans of Somalia and 0.5 consisting of the minority. For those of you that are common in Somali affairs, you would understand that in Somalia, Clan is a major factor in society. One cannot come into a house and re-arrange the seating and furniture. You have to first acknowledge the way things are, and then maybe from time to time, try to arrange on a step by step basis, the interior of the building.

Somalia has 4 major tribes consisting of: Hawiye, Darood, Diir and Rahanwayne. They are part of the 4 agreement parties and 0.5, being the minority clans and others. The top jobs in the Country are: The President, The Prime Minister and the House of speaker. If one tribe gets the, for example, presidential seat, then the Prime Minister and the House of Speaker must be from another tribe within that 4.

Today, the House of speaker chosen was from the Rahanwayne tribe replacing Sheikh Hassan Aden, who himself was a Rahanwayne. He was running for the top seat but within his reach due to the fact that his tribe is already represented by the new House of Speaker.

Now, the fight is on between the 3 remaining tribes; Hawiye, Darood and Diir, for the presidential seat. There are 26 candidates in the race. The major runners being, the current President Sheikh Sharif of the Hawiye tribe, the Prime Minister Abdiweli Gass of the Darood tribe and several others consisting of the Hawiye, Diir and Darood. Any Rahanwayne must now step aside from the race due to the fact that it has a representative who now heads the House of Speaker. However, if a Hawiye member is chosen as president, then he must select a prime minister from the 2 remaining tribes, which are Darood and Diir. This was done so that the 4 major clans can share power and can all have influence on Somalia.

 I hope this clears up a lot of confusion because I was just as confused before I arrived in Mogadishu. Personally, I couldn't care who is who, just that Somalia is freed of extremism and this “Clan” ideology. But like I said earlier, it cannot be done over night. Rome was not built in a day, and I’m sure we Somalis recognise that. But with Faith, hope, Education and a coming together, we can build Somalia in a few years.
We are tired of being spread across the globe. It is time we Somalis showed the world our talent and hard work.

On a final note, whoever gets the top job must recognise the youths of Somalia. Whether we come from abroad or are locals. I despise the term Diaspora. It feels as if we are being labelled. We are Somalis. 

When we are abroad, we fight to be recognised as Somalis because that is who we are; Somalis. We fight for Somalia and raise the awareness of Somalia wherever in the globe we may be.
Let’s get together and FREE SOMALIA!

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Youth 4 Change Project – SOYDEN - Mogadishu


I got invited on Thursday 16th August, to a youth exhibition which took place and organised by “SOYDEN”, a youth Educational assignment aimed at young Somali youths who have been traumatised by the 2 decades of war and unrest in Mogadishu. Osman Moalin, the Executive Director at SOYDEN arranged for me, and 2 other guys I know from London, to give out a lecture or a confidence building talk to the youths in a scheme named “Youth 4 Change” funded by USAID and UNDP.

From the moment we walked in, all we could see was 200+ young Somali youths in full buzz, who this time last year, where in the streets of Mogadishu carrying AK-47s doing robberies, roadblocks and caught up in street gangs. Fast forward a year the youths have already learned how to read and write, built their social skills and integrated with rival gangs who they couldn’t see eye to eye with before. For me personally, it was a privilege to be able to be given the time to get collectively involved with the youths who share the same culture with me but have grown up in a difficult environment.

Osman introduced us to the gathering and from go; I was eager, just as the youths were, to get involved. They started throwing all sorts of questions, “Is it really cold in UK? How long have we stayed there? Why did we come back? How do you feel about Mo Farah? Are they ispaaro (a Somali term used to describe roadblocks by guys with AK-47s)? What is life like back in UK?” on and on. Without hesitation, we went straight in with the answers and it was creating a whole euphoria around the whole hallway. Teachers, staff, UNDP members and even some security service personnel, with their Ak-47s where giving us their focus. It was a magic moment and a whole new environment for us Diasporas. We loved every minute of it.

The questions kept coming, and we kept answering. So on to a degree where it felt as if we all knew each other. I could not believe that we had only all just met. I was fascinated about the fact how much warmth and full attention they have given us.  They were just as excited as we where to be with them.

When the time was up to conclude the Q/A, we had to chance to talk to some of the youths individually. To my delight, we exchanged facebook details and took some pictures together which I would cherish my whole life.

We left the centre with full pride and absolute pleasure to have been given this momentous privilege to be invited and see the progress Mogadishu is going through.

This experience has left me really emotionally joyful and I felt great satisfaction for every member involved in the programme. Whether it’s the Director Osman Moalin, who must be recognised for his tremendous effort and non-stop commitment, the teachers, staff or the students, I am sure this experience has left a mark on us all, somehow or someway.

Mogadishu’s youth are finally realising their ability and talent. With centres like this, it will give them the foundation and platform to enhance their talent/ability to full maximum.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

ELECTION FEVER HITS MOGADISHU

5 days more and counting. Somalia is on the brink of a change. At least that’s what we all hope. I am writing this report with a great enthusiasm. The atmosphere in Somalia is buzzing. Cars with their presidential nominee and large trucks full of people chanting another candidates name and waving his pictures. It seems as if we Somalis are ready for change and stability, ready for this anticipated election. One only has to see for him/herself to feel the excitement running through Mogadishu.

21 years of anarchy and struggle looks to be wiped of the map. At this precious moment, we are witnessing history to actually see for once, euphoria of political interest throughout the country. From young to old, rich or poor, all hoping to see this election go through. We have seen enough to let this opportunity go to waste.

After a recent pool we conducted at MogaTribune, the race is tight and with no clear leader. President Sharif, his prime minister Abdiweli Gass , the house of speaker, Sharif Staakin, the arrival of former prime minister Mohamed “Farmaajo” and khalif AbdulKadir Moalin Nuur of the Alhu Sunnah wal Jamayca party to name just a few who are in this race.

We, the Somali public could not really care less about the winners tribe or background, just that he is fair, just and a god-fearing leader. Somalia has to get rid of this Tribalism and clan mentality of we want to progress to a society which is advanced, fair and just. We have seen so many promises in this great crisis we are going through. In one of my other reports title The battle has Begun, I listed some detailed criteria that our president elect must fit into. They include:
·         A god Fearing President
·         Peace Loving Leader
·         Trust Worthy
·         Neutral President
·         Honest
·         Imaginative
·         Positive mindset leader
·         Role – Model
·         Good Listener

With this personality and specification, we are bound to see the great anticipated revival of Mother Somalia.

Inshallah I will be posting up a report on the eve of the Election.

We at MogaTribune would also like to wish every member in the Somali and Muslim community and their families a blessing and joyous EID MUBARAK.

Mohamed Hassan (Dj)

Friday, 10 August 2012

THE FUTURES BRIGHT, THE FUTURES YOUTH

Emerging from chaos, we can finally breathe and look forward to the future. We are free. Free of Clan based hate and now free from extremist. On the 20th of August, we should finally know who officially, is our president. One thing is for sure, our future president cannot and should  not forget the youth.


We, the youth, will determine how Somalia moves forward. Let alone the ones based in Somalia, there over millions of young hungry youths in the Diaspora who want their country back. We, the diaspora, are tired of being foreigners. We want our country back. There are vast amount that are losing our culture, tradition and stories. This cannot go on. The president must listen to the youth. The majority of our elders all have clan based ideology. But we do not. We want a society which is just and free to everybody, regardless of their clan.

When I arrived in Mogadishu, I could not relate to any of my peers. Some see us  as foreigners in our own land. But we all had one thing in common, bring back Mother Somalia we never had the chance to experience but have heard about all our lives. We, the Diasporas, want to contribute to our nation. If everybody can work together and listen to each other, Somalia will be unstoppable. We have been placed all over the world. If all the ideas and education we consumed from abroad was put into our great Mother Somalia, then tell me what could stop, which would be, our rapid progress?
What we want is a leader who sees our hunger and desire for Somalia. One cannot be classed as not knowing anything about Mother Somalia just because he/she is part of the Diaspora. We will not let people put us into the side. We love Somalia. I have vast amount of cousins based in Somalia and they all cannot believe the desire I have for my country. I love Somalia just as much as any other Somali.

Now is the time to bridge the gap and for once to take advantage of the opportunity Allah has given as Somalis to re-emerge from the rubble. It’s never too late to wake up.

We can only pray now that Somalia elects a leader who understands the benefits of the youth. Whether they were based in Somalia or have come back from the Diaspora.

Inshallah we just have to pray and hope, at least for another 6 months. If things do not improve, then we must take back our country and follow the steps of our brothers in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia Inshallah.

One thing’s for sure, the time for patience and hoping is expiring. We need to enter an era where we take back our Mother Somalia. Inshallah.

Deeq – Editor - PPG