In interview an HCTV, the question was, “Did you bombard Ethiopia during ’77 war?” The answer: “Yes, I brutally bombed Ethiopia”. This statement seems uttered by three old child, but it’s not. The ruling Kulmiye Party candidate Mr. Muse Bihi Abdi of Somaliland uttered this without exercising the minimum diplomatic code of ethics when he asked his greatest achievement in a life. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman recently said in regard to Donald Trump, that his “intellectual laziness and towering policy ignorance are in a league of its own”. Likewise, Somaliland intellectuals, if there are any, should make sure Muse Bihi, far more mediocre than anyone can imagine, fails to win. The damage to the country in the case of his election will make Somaliland look like “tribes with flags”. Tired of recycled mottos of improving their lives, voters want real change and have begun to increasingly look to the Wadani Party leadership.
In an interview with Ethiopian Reporter in Hargaysa, Mr. Muse shockingly disclosed his inability to understand of how the world works and said “Ethiopia the main obstacle to recognition”. In fact, Addis Ababa is exactly the opposite. These insanely outrageous comments devoid of iota of truth and decency in span of several months can’t be mere coincidences but instead are a systematically deliberate pattern to signal a shift in politics on the part of Somaliland’s current leadership. They also starkly display the candidates lack of finesse and his poverty of diplomatic language reinforces the notion many had already taken of him: a soldierly demeanor and layman under the influence of clannish evildoers.
Somaliland is now getting used to a form of clannish yellow journalism under of the pretense of ‘free press’, constantly making character assassinations. Muse thinks he now has the leeway to say anything, but he must be accountable for his actions! Make no mistake, this outburst is breaking all norms and crossing all red lines but only the beginning.
The nation struggles to come to terms with his hatefully despicable statements. Muse is a controversial man, a victim of misjudgment and lack of clarity, a pushover of clannish tycoons and ill-informed warlords. They tried to make him look smart and diplomat by putting him in a suit but that didn’t help. He remains the same dhiboo (a foot soldier cadet) he was decades ago. Surrounded by his clannish henchmen, and ex-guerillas out of rehab, he brags endlessly.
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