Killing innocent people is not a new trend in Mogadishu, a city where all kinds of murder and brutality have been happening over the last three decades. People in the city are accustomed to the chaotic situation theyhave experienced throughout the years. They reached to a situation that anybody stays on the lookout for an unavoidable death which may emerge from every angle. No one is in a position to complain about the hardships surround their life.
That is the reality on the ground. It’s a widely accepted situation in which people rotate in between crawling to escape from the death and scrambling to maintain better life and brighter future, in spite of all hurdles in front of them.
It’s a wise to think that there will not be a peace and stability in Mogadishuwith the absence of the local residents’ role in assisting the security forces to stabilize the city. Ordinary citizens should have a positive attitude and encourage themselves to contribute to the well-being of their own lives.
Any peaceful place in this universe is obviously maintained and contributed by a people who believe in their capabilities and feel confident to serve for their own benefits. Peace cannot be obtained as a gift without paying any efforts for its sake. People’s problem cannot be sorted out unless they realize their responsibility to act on their own and stand against hidden cells that harbor within the community to destroy any single glimmer of hope for them to get the feel for safe life.
Even though Mogadishu’s peace remains subject to the level of seriousness and readiness of its residents, this won’t, by any means, give a chance for the authorities to dodge the questions posed to them in respect to their responsibilities towards the current security conundrum in Mogadishu.
A number of murders against innocents have recently been recorded in Mogadishu, and among them were a female university student who was shot died on 21st of September 2018 inside a class. This incident happened a day after a man was savagely killed and burned his body by a group of people who attacked him on the grounds that his nephew married a lady from the perpetrators who see themselves as ‘superior’ than the victim’s family.
All these cruelties raised the eyebrows of many people who denounced the actions and called for the government to take steps against the criminals. In response to that furious and outrageous act, some government supporters started to spread messages intended to acquit the government on all accusations of neglecting its responsibilities towards the security of the country in general, and the capital city in particular.
Although there is not yet a statement from the government on the recent security incidents in Mogadishu, many argue that the worsening security situation demonstrates the failure of the government in achieving any progress in securing Mogadishu. And all these recent security incidents came amid waves of internal political instability is crippling the government functions.
It is nearly two years since President Farmajo came to the office. During this period, lots of security incidents happened and claimed the lives of thousands of citizens. With all that great loss, the government’s reaction remains the same; either keeping silent until the lights fade, or blaming the victims for not assisting the government to find a solution.
The question that arises is; how can a victim be blamed for what government officials realized that they can do nothing to stop it? Why there is a government that possesses resources to be used, albeit not sufficient enough, for delivering public services if the public themselves are considered to be responsible for doing the services they need including security? If that is the case, then Somalia is a country without a responsible government that is accountable for whatever goes wrong about the country and the people.
Apparently, President Farmajo’s government adopts a way of showing assertiveness by brushing aside all the concerns raised by the public and seek, by any means, for a justification for their failure to meet the people’s expectation from the government’s political agenda, known as ‘Peace and Life- Nabad iyo Nolol’ which claims to aim at providing the people with all chances to get peace and better life.
It’s not a political gain for the government to keep promising that its leaders will stay in agreement with each other while no single family in Mogadishu can promise that all its members will stay together all times. What is the point in telling ordinary citizens that government leaders will never disagree as nothing is changed about the citizens’ lives as it used to be when leaders where in endless disagreements and disputes?
Being together and standing should to shoulder with each other is not a way to evaluate what has been achieved as an accomplishments. On the contrary, getting into a trouble and infighting among the government officials over the interest of the public is the best way of handling the responsibilities and transforming the verbal promises into an action that can lead the people to align themselves with their government.
We always see leaders nominate officials to offices ascribing their decisions to the qualities that their nominees possess which cannot be seen by the general public. If they were selected based on their unknown qualities, then why they are still in office while people are witnessing theirwell-known incompetence to serve for the country?
Mohamed AbdullahiAbubakar (Dhaaley)