The Somali President opted for a belligerent attitude at a time the Upper House was working hard to bridge the gap between the Federal Government and Federal Member States. Having failed to operationalise the Security Architect introduced in London Somalia Conference in May 2017, one wonders what National Army President Farmajo was referring to in his gaffe-laden speech. At a summit in Garowe few weeks, ago four Federal Member States agreed to form a joint force against Al-Shabaab in order not to rely on clan militias the Federal Government in Mogadishu calls a National Army.
Abdirahman Abdishakur, an influential, Mogadishu-based Somali politician, described the speech “as hostile and devoid of reconciliation imperatives“. During his campaign, President Farmajo vowed to pursue a reconciliation agenda to a point that he would act as an elder meeting stakeholders under a tree. His Juba speech belies his campaign rhetoric.
It is becoming abundantly clear that the leadership style of President Farmajo becoming a threat to the already feeble institutions of the Federal Government. He is squandering political capital apace.