The decision that sent these Somali soldiers to fight in the Ethiopia’s Tigray region was part of a strategy to create an integrated paramilitary force composed of Eritrean, Ethiopian and Somali troops that could quell opposition against the leaders of the three regions.
For example, less than a month before the start of the military offensive against Tigray region, @M_Farmaajo went to Eritrea, and the Eritrean dictator then traveled to Ethiopia. This was followed by a secret meeting between intelligence chiefs of three countries in Addis Ababa.
At the time, most analysts and political opposition in Somalia speculated that the meeting was about the upcoming Somali elections. It turned out it was much worse than that.
Emerging credible reports of the involvement of Somali troops in the conflict alarming is an alarming evidence of the depth of conspiracy that was hatched to destabilize the region under the guise of ‘economic integration.’
Farmaajo hoped that following a quick victory in the Tigray region, the combined Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean troops will march into Somalia and help consolidate his dictatorship. It was not to be. Fate had other plans.
The defeat of Donald Trump in the winter of 2020 by Joe Biden and the protracted war in the Tigray region ultimately foiled the anti-democracy conspiracy hatched by Abiy Ahmed, @M_Farmaajo and their godfather the Eritrean president for life Isaias Afwerki.

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9 Jun
The parliament can not be used as a sanctuary for criminal elements such as Fahad Yassin. The next administration must expel these criminal elements from the parliament. This must be the first order of business for the next administration, even before a PM is named.
In fact, in tandem, a commission must be formed to investigate the crimes of @M_Farmaajo and his henchmen over the past 4-years.
The assassination attempts on former leaders, misuse of security forces, attacks against civilians & media and Eritrea affair are all grounds for barring @M_Farmaajo & his associates from ever holding public office again.
Read 4 tweets
1 Jun
#Thread With an election agreement now in place, it’s time to debate the kind of government Somalia deserves and what to expect from the next government. Below are my thoughts on key issues the next government should consider in order to deliver for the Somali people.
On governance:

1. Districts under gov’t control must be directly elected by the people. International partners must condition assistance on FMS commitment on democracy and human rights. Aid should be proportional to each FMS’ democratization and respect for human rights
2. Reform the civil service. Depoliticize the bureaucracy by placing constitutional restrictions on the number of political appointments each ministry is allowed to have.
Read 34 tweets
1 Jun
This means the youth and women are a critical voting demographic in Somaliland. More importantly, women maintain near parity with men in terms of share of the overall vote. If used properly, this has policy implications and has the potential to ensure women are heard. #Impressive
The next step for Somaliland is to ensure more women candidates are brought to the political process. The next administration can kickstart such an eventuality by nominating women to key cabinet portfolios: foreign, finance and defense ministries.
What Somaliland has accomplished is incredibly, not only in the context of Africa but globally too.
Read 6 tweets
28 May
Biggest winners: @SaidAbdullahiDe & @M_Farmaajo who pulled victory from jaws of defeat

@MohamedHRoble given the Herculean task of pulling this assignment in 60-days. Current schedule too ambitious. Process might drag till November 2021

Biggest losers: Mogadishu based opposition
True to form, the Mogadishu based opposition lost on the negotiating table what they won on the battlefield. The compromised technical committee remains intact. No change in the politicized security apparatus. @M_Farmaajo hasn’t signed caretaker papers. Only verbal commitment.
Even on core issues such as the status of Banadir, the Mogadishu based opposition threw their constituency under the bus in the deluded hope of furthering a personal political agenda.
Read 8 tweets
27 May
Lawmakers from “Somaliland” and Southwest State form the centerpiece of @M_Farmaajo’s electoral strategy, without which his viability, even as a candidate, becomes questionable. It’s why an agreement on election framework has proved so elusive.
Failure to manipulate the selection process of MPs from those two above regions means that @M_Farmaajo will become irrelevant in the race. An unwelcome prospects for him.
4-years of tyranny, political violence and dysfunctions means Farmaajo will rather sink the ship rather than trust a process in which the scales are even. Even with purported agreement to be signed later today, important voices from “Somaliland” will continue to boycott process.
Read 4 tweets
22 May
After @M_Farmaajo’s photo was splashed across the Mogadishu stadium Kim Jong-Un style, this young boy was asked about his views on the Somali dictator. His response: I hate him.

I hope security forces don’t target this boy as they have targeted others.
On giant screens across the stadium, pictures of the dictator were shown to the disgust of the spectators. In the 1980s in the same stadium when spectators booed the then dictator Barre after similar stunt, security forces opened fire killed more than 100. nytimes.com/1990/07/11/wor…
“At least 65 people were killed when security forces opened fire on the crowd at a soccer match in Somalia, diplomats said today. The Government had said that only three people were killed when troops fired on people throwing stones at the President” nytimes.com/1990/07/11/wor…
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