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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Opinion : In praise of Somaliland government achievements

The ribbon cutting cermony of the NEC building in Hargiesa , Somaliland
I have recently noticed significant progress in the public sector of the republic of Somaliland though most of  it concentrates on Hargeisa , the capital .
Among this is the recent upgrade of Hargeisa water systems by boosting the supply of water through new water pumps and added infrastructure to the system . The old water system which was donated by the Chinese in the early seventies could merely supply enough water for the capital before the recent upgrade. 

Another progress is  the expansion of Hargeisa airport and the introduction of a boundary between the airport and the surrounding grazing lands . This enhanced the airport security and the prevents dangers of animals wandering into the airport runways.
The opening of a new building for the National Election Commission  (NEC) was also  a boost to Somaliland democratisation process with the local elections expected to be held soon .
This is in addition to the progress made by the private sector due the security environment abled by the trained Somaliland security forces  .
Other areas worth mentioning as a result of SLD government's efforts include the rehabilitation and the upgrade of Hargeisa livestock Market  , the removal of illegal street vendors from the high streets of the capital as well as the completion of resurfacing of Halaya road leading to Berbera .
On the political side  , I think Somaliland deserves a commendation in boycotting both somalia Turkey Conference and the proposed talks with the weak Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia .
Somaliland is better off without Somalia and can achieve it's goals without recognition , aid or reunion with The failed state of Somalia . This can be been seen through all the progress sustained since secession  both in the security and development aspects .
Back ground : 
Since 1991, no central government has controlled Somalia , despite several attempts to establish a unified central government. The self-governing region of Puntland covers the northeast of the country. It declares itself to be autonomous, but not independent from Somalia. The Islamist Al-Shabaab controls a large part of the south of the country. Without a central government, Somalia's inhabitants subsequently reverted to local forms of conflict resolution, either civil, Islamic, or customary law. The internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government controls only parts of the capital and some territory in the centre of the nation, but has re-established national institutions such as the Military of Somalia, and is working towards eventual national elections in August , 2012, when the interim government's mandate expires.
After the collapse of the central government in Somalia in 1991, Somaliland ( Former British Protectorate ) , led by the Somali National Movement (SNM), declared independence from the rest of Somalia on May 18 , 1991. Since then , Somaliland has held two presidential elections with smooth  transition of power and one parliamentary election.

By M. Ali (Medeshivalley.com)