Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre set to remove the president from office

Abdullahi Godah Barre
By Dr. Abdi Ulusso

By Dr. Abdi Ulusso

The country, is anxiously waiting to see how the push to impeach Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the president on charges of treason, corruption, impunity and serious violations of the constitution will unfold and what the future holds for Somalia in the aftermath which scares out  everyone. It is, a bad news though for Somalia after three years this unfortunate squabble to happen when the end of government’s term is fast approaching and  failed to accomplish anything at all for the past three years. Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre, the man behind the coup to dethrone the president is determined to point of return to keep his promise of publicly stating that he will remove the president out of office.

However, if you ask me this is about him and can’t claim that he is doing for integrity or justice pushing the president impeached before the end of his term in August 2016. In my view, it is a vendetta of some personal grievances between the two and he is trying to pay back the president that bruised his ego and denied him to rise and pulled the rug under his feet. Why? Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre, then Minister of Internal Affairs became a close friend of the president and was the ring-leader of the group that voted out of office former prime minister Mr. Abdiwali Sheikh Ahmed alas “Xiirane”.

Sadly, Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre with high expectations for the president to reward him was left out of the cabinet and his place was appointed Mr. Abdirizak Omer Mohamed as Minister of Internal Security a portfolio that was promised to him. Also, what pisses him more than anything is that he has more professional qualifications, government experience and excellent educational background than Abdirizak Omer Mohamed and thus believes better suited for the position but felt cheated and betrayed by the president big time.

Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre, after moaning over what can be done to save himself from obscurity went to confront the president to discuss with him other options in order to be accommodated and compensated for his efforts in the demise of Xiirane. The president, welcomed him when they met and expressed his gratitude to come to his see him and bury the hatchet. Then, the president asked, “what can I do for you to put behind us our differences”? Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre said, “I want Hiran Region to become two regions as Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, then president has decreed”. He went, on to say that, “If not, I want, you to help me with funding and logistical support like Abdikarin Hussein Gulaid, president of Gal-Mudug to become the president of Middle Shabelle-Hiran regional administration”.

In response, to his  requests the president without hesitation said, “no, I can’t do that”. Then, the president explained his reasons and said that, “Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed all the official documents that he left behind and bearing his signature suggest only there are eighteen regions in the country and not nineteen which ties my hands to add one more”. He went, on to say,  that, “you were the minister of interior responsible for this sort of things but you have failed to move Hiran through the cabinet to become two regions which would have made easy for me to sign into law but now you want me to do your job”. Also, the president said that, “I don’t favor or support anyone to become the regional state president of Middle Shabelle-Hiran and leave that up to the people in the two regions to decide”.

Thus, Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre upset and agitated in despair abruptly stood up and stormed out of the president’s office but promised waiving his index finger pointed at the president to unseat him. Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre, a canny and shrewd politician started his work and rallied the support of all disgruntled members of parliament which some of them were left out of the cabinet like Abdirahman Hosh and Fowsiya Hagi Yusuf and secured one third of the members of parliament necessary to move a motion of impeachment of the president.

However, the question is, how can Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre accuse the president of treason, corruption and government failure to achieve its mandated tasks while at the same time absolve any wrong-doing of breach of the constitution, serious abuse of office and committing serious criminal offenses of the parliament and the cabinet for three years which is very well documented nationally and internationally? Truly, speaking it is too late to raise the issue now and the majority of the people in country, including myself see no difference between these clowns of so-called government officials who are in the same boat with the president and find the parallel to compare the impeachment motion “as being robbed by an enemy and a thief to help”.

I do sympathize, with Mr. Abdullahi Godah Barre in his predicament and for what is worth he has vented his anger publicly to tarnish and damage the president’s reputation and made a name for himself but needs to back off and let go this obsession with the president.

On the other hand, I caution Mr. Mohamed Osman Jawari, the speaker of the parliament and supporter of the motion not to play the usual dirty politics and send the case against the president to Mr. Abdirahman Aideed Ilkahanaf, the chairman of the “supreme court” in order to exploit the irreconcilable differences between the two and hoping to receive a favorable decision to proceed with the impeachment process. In my view, the so-called supreme court is “ill-equipped” to handle this case for obvious reasons and it doesn’t belong there in the first place and would present a major constitutional issues of unchartered water. Therefore, the president who is now wounded will fight back and will play a hard ball with his opponents by dismissing the parliament even though some members claim that he has waived this power under the constitution.

Of course, it is immaterial and the president can’t waive a constitutional mandate and definitely will exercise if he feels further threatened and dismiss the parliament to call for an early election which will further complicate the situation something that at this juncture the country can ill-afford. He has a simple choice either he fights back and hard or wait for his doom.

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