BY M.M. AFRAH©
first of the Human Rights is Freedom from Fear. Do not
fear, Mr. President. You must go to Malaysia and bow and
ask Mahathir Mohamed, former Prime Minister of Malaysia,
and ask him: "Mr. Mahathir, Sir, could you
please teach me how to do my job without fear from my
own people?" I am certain he will teach you
a dozen ways to run the country and rescue its citizens
from Dante's Inferno. Lesson 1 would be "shove all
fears into the gutter without looking over your shoulders.
President, you may not know Mr. Mahathir Mohamed, but
the freedom loving peoples in the Third World regard him
as a man with guts and love for his people- and like Julius
Nyerere, he had no foreign accounts. Despite death threats
from his enemies (and there were many), he put his country
back on its feet. How he did it is no longer a mystery.
He did it because for one thing he was not afraid of his
enemies and devoted to his people and country-a man who
refused to be distracted from his noble tasks under very
difficult circumstances. Today Malaysia is one of the
most prosperous and peaceful countries in Asia with 'CAN
Mohamed often said: "Do not fear," he
said it and behaved this way because around him there
were people who resembled him--people with chutzpah. In
the Somali case, for example, the brave women of Mogadishu
who sold their jewelry, and even their own homes to make
Mogadishu a safe place for your government, because all
them are very hungry for peace and stability, and are
sick and tired of the Mooryaan. These ladies and civic
workers in Mogadishu will be on your side and help you
kick asses. Forgive me for my coarse language, Mr. President.
It is because I am angry and embarrassed by your attitude
vis-à-vis the capital.
President, when you were in boot camp you may never thought,
that someday you would be in the highest office of the
country, representing people who agreed to disagree. Somehow,
you now find it hard to knock heads, as Afweyne used to
do it in his heydays, instead you promoted yourself from
homeless President to a hobo or drifter after quitting
Nairobi, searching for a new power-base in Djibouti, Yemen,
Egypt, the Emirates and Galkayu, of all places.
the idea of opening a liaison office in Mogadishu, because
it is not only unworkable, but is in contravention of
the constitution. Remember, by putting that idea in practice
you would also be excruciating the brave women of Mogadishu
who sold their highly cherished assets in order to make
Mogadishu safer place for the Federal Government-in-exile.
Do your part to communicate with the masses, and I am
sure they would listen to whatever you have to tell them,
that is if you use the Afweyne Formula and his Modus Operanda.
Since it worked for him for more than two decades, there
is no reason why it should not work for you. Use the carrot
and not the stick! Do not succumb to the intrigues of
the grinning Af-minsharis (the power brokers).
an olive branch to the Speaker of Parliament and the
warlords, now ministers in your government for trying
to clear the city streets from the illegal barricades.
the well-meaning clan elders and civic societies when
needed. Be careful when choosing your battles. There will
always be enforcement issues in a country where warlords
and petty politicians often agree to disagree and are
at each other's throats. There will be times in which
you have to consider all options and determine whether
the potential risks are worth taking.
President, Remember you are no longer in the army where
commanding officers' orders are never questioned, right
or wrong. Know how to accept criticism-it comes with the
territory. Try to understand what the real message is.
And don't take it personally.
reasonably and respect the needs of others-in most instances
you should be focusing on what is best for the men and
women in the street and not what is in your best interest.
When acting as a President, personal benefits and biases
must be put aside. Listen to the people-let their voices
be heard and let the government provide the forum to do
if you expect the people to comply with the rules, then
you must also comply. Set the example and others will
M. M. Afrah©