By Dalmar 26 June 2023
MOGADISHU -The 63rd anniversary of Northern Somalia’s independence has been marked by controversy following President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s comments and a divisive poem recited by Senate Speaker, Abdi Hashi. Both instances have been seen as veiled critiques against the influential Darood clan, creating ripples in Somalia’s intricate political fabric.
During his address, President Hassan Sheikh hinted at the need for a change in tools to steer Somalia’s future. “Some of our brothers are still in possession of the tool that dismantled the nation, and they claim they are using this to build governance. But that tool is used for opening government wounds and is not capable of repair,” the President said.
Adding to the event’s contentious tone, Senate Speaker Abdi Hashi recited an antagonistic poem widely interpreted as an attack on the Darood clan. Compounding the tension, President Hassan Sheikh appeared to nod along and smile during Hashi’s recital, sparking widespread criticism and debate.
Observers have taken these actions as a targeted critique of the Darood clan, led by Former President Farmaajo and Puntland President Said Abdullahi Deni. Given the Darood’s influential position in Somalia’s socio-political landscape, these remarks have set the stage for intense speculation and discussion on the country’s internal dynamics.
These events underscore the precarious inter-clan relationships that continue to define Somalia’s political landscape. As the nation celebrates its independence, the occasion has served to highlight the deeply entrenched challenges that Somalia faces on its path to unity and stability. The political maneuverings of the day underscore the urgent need for constructive dialogue and mutual respect among Somalia’s clans in the quest for national cohesion