TFG and Ahlu-Sunna Pact: Nothing More Than a Paper Dream
The elusive search for peace in bottomless Somalia is thrown into a new confusion. Recently the fragile authority signed an agreement with Ahlu-Sunna waljamaa as the government struggles to keep its flimsy powers seen more functioning.
But there is nothing much to count on an agreement like this one, It will only portray the position of the very weak government that is holding the wrong end of the stick.
Signing a concord with one group is enervating the government’s position to consolidate Somalia’s fragile peace process.
The recent agreement in Ethiopia’s capital is likely to leave behind a trail of enigma for the people of Somalia who for years lived on the edge.
It is an indication of how the administration of president Shariff is entangling itself with heated political sharks in an already boiling environment.
At this point in time, we cannot accept the agreement in its entirety; there are whole lots of issues to worry about.
First, the president is trying to ensconce himself in his hard-earned presidential powers giving little regard to Somalia ‘s aggravating situation by finding faulty ways to keep his chair more vigorous.
Just after the settlement, we have seen statement from Somalia’s premier Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke who said the signing is “a victory for peace and a crushing defeat for spoilers in Somalia and from the region”.
Moments later, several things crossed my mind as I struggled to point out who are the real spoilers in the country’s politics that has never known stability since the ouster of the then Siad Barre.
I know of course that he is particularly referring to insurgents groups, but for sure his government is indicatively hitting a dead end by colluding with only one party.
The government’s grandmasters of bad-politics are taking the country into ransom more than ever before; this is where they need to take heed.
The Addis inked concord is nothing more than a waste of time and a call for more trouble if we are to go by the signs of Somalia’s political landscape even after the settlement of this current move.
But even as Sharif’s authority described the agreement as a turning point in Somalia’s endless crisis, it only shows one line of least resistance and one that will not live up to a better situation for a country like Somalia where everybody wants to be the president.
In this pact supported even by the African Union, Ahlu-Sunna is enticed into a lion’s cage to share certain portfolios and positions within the interim authority.
Like the dreaded Al-shabaab group who are not angles too, the moderate Ahlu-Sunna is not putting a good face on Somalia’s worsening situation.
The unity reached by both sides is visibly falling short as some prominent members of the group have to some extent failed to throw their weight behind what was agreed in Ethiopia.
As the government claims to have reached an entrenched agreement that was hatched during the Djibouti agreement, a statement in Ahlu-Sunna’s Somali website takes issue with president Sharif accusing him of pursuing the interest of war-lords who are reportedly using the name of the Sufis to take positions in his fledgling government.
“Names of well-known war-lords are presented as members of Ahlu-Sunna to take positions in the government, and they do not have any association with the group” read a statement posted at Ahlu Sunna;s official website.
“This issue is not a surprise for those who know Sheikh Sharif and his aides who in the real sense are same as Al-Shabab, and they are both opposed to the progress of Ahlu Sunna”
It is a mind-boggling puzzle to think about the whole pact between the two groups, there is a question of who has signed the agreement from the side of the Sufis, if they are starting to complain as early as now, or does it mean it is a political game meant to divert the attention of the Somalis.
If reports that are coming in these days from the group are anything to go by, the interim government is already losing the battle at a time when it enjoys the full support of the international community.
For now it is reasonable to argue that the interim government is going through fire and water as it tends to strengthen its powers to control the country topsy-turvy.
The authority should avoid playing a sidelined politics in a country that needs an all-inclusive peace process.
The Ahlu-Sunna is one among many of the groups who are key players in the country’s politics, but any settlement of this kind will only show how weak the government is.
Every group in Somalia has their own face of contorted hatred and many have inherited a bad name over the last few years. But all are having a significant to role to build a reliable peace-process.
These leaves many of the suffering Somalis to remain with a jaded appetite for peace-making in their country.