Growing up, I was educated to realize that all criminals must and always end up facing the consequences for their crimes. I am sure all around the world, this is the case. Whether you rob or steal, Murder, anti-social behavior or even causing harm to the environment as a whole, you will always end up being punished, regardless of your power. No means would anybody come close to you in case they end up doing time for your actions (assisting a criminal). Even if you are not trapped today, the worry of being caught tomorrow and looking over your shoulder seems, is enough damage as it is. You cannot expect impunity.
In Somalia, the firearm talks a lot. It has full authority to revolutionize and rule individuals. The man with the most guns is widely casted as the most powerful. Although, generally, the country is improving, there are still pockets of resistance at rest to be dealt with; as I am sure the government is planning on as I write this.
Our problem is that the war has caused everyone to make up rules down the way. Countless individuals have rooted problems in the country, warlords, militia men, trouble seeking youths and even government officials all guilty in this case. Everyone is one way or another involved in this trouble. But what gets to you the most is, when murderers/warlords are brought into the government, (although a vast amount where withdrawn at parliament registration). This really makes the rule of law seem fragile and without any authority whatsoever.
But I believe the government is right for this decision. The reason being why is to try and solve a way to maintain or bring back order into Somalia. If these criminals were not brought into powerful positions, they would still be out in the open causing havoc around the city. So, to get a grip of a chaotic country, you must first shut these guys up and make them believe there in an advanced position. As soon as government influence is rained on the public and peace is restored, the administration, by then with stretched power with a capable army, can start to withdraw warlords out of parliament and try them for their crimes against humanity.
This is a tactical psychological game, I believe the government is maintaining and one which will be risky, but worth it on the long run. They only drawback it will have, will be the effect with tribal relationships. But we cannot let this be an obstacle to progress. It is time to move on as a nation.
I am sure our government would not tolerate individuals who have caused terror amongst fellow citizens, be involved with governmental posts any longer.
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)