|Gen Ali Hersi Gaab|
With news emerging that the head of the traffic Police of Benadir Gen. Ali Hersi Gaab had followed orders from the interior ministry and the national security, the police removed more than three roadblocks on the main road that links the Mogadishu airport and the KM4 junction.
This can only mean one thing for us residents eager to move around attending meetings, freedom. Just last week, I had a meeting at Peace Hotel, a trip which would have lasted me less than 10 minutes, but took me more than 45 minutes. This is time consuming and of course we must consider the fact that security is a priority, but also that I think the one thing that had troubled residents is that whole roads are being closed just for a minority few.
Not all residents have any identification and it’s rare for the city to provide for one if you haven’t got any employment. Remember, this is a city where almost 70% do not have no passport or driving license. With harsh tactics as “No ID, then you cannot go on”, would sideline a majority for a minority.
|A common sight in and around the KM4 area|
But then again, there are those who believe, no matter the time consuming, we mustn’t not lose focus and continue with this tactics until stability can arise. Yes roadblocks are crucial to maintain checks, I can fully understand this, but the last thing you want is citizens not feeling at home in their own nation.
Security is our most important goal and there are other ways than roadblocks to beef up precautions.
Keep praying for Somalia, we are sure Allah is listening.
Mohamed Hassan (Dj)