Center for Peace and Democracy (CPD)

Monday, October 31, 2005

Conspirators and Co-conspirators of the Indigenous People

Most Somalis started noticing a lot about the ongoing plans or acts of authorizing or giving land rights to foreign petroleum and mining companies. Somalis also started noticing a growing interest of the foreign petroleum and mining companies in many parts of Somalia.
As the Puntaland officials did for their people, the purpose of my paper is to defend the environmental and human rights of the Digil & Mirifle communities. Because the prime minister and his co-conspirators consider that the mineral resources within its territory to be automatically governmentally owned, the idea of special rights and reparations for local communities are alien to it. Digil & Mirifle lands especially Digil, Bantu, Banaderi, Barawe, and Bajuni lands have been important to many other Somali tribes and warlords for two reasons: firstly, it has been termed the breadbasket of Rivers State, a major food producing area, and secondly, since the Italian colony it has been the source of more than billions of bananas, vital to Somali economy.

As it was recently reported by many thoughtful Somali statesmen, that there were a number of meetings in Nairobi hotels between the prime minister and interesting third parties that want to obtain land rights in Somalia. It was reported some of these third parties presented a map of Somalia with a big highlights of the areas of interest for possible mining operations.
These highlighted areas include mostly Puntaland and Digil lands of southern Somalia. Couple weeks after this alleged meeting took place, the prime minister’s inner-clan members and with the help of the co-conspirators (Indho Cadde) attacked and massacred the people of Heejo Mahaad and Kunyo Barrow, this conspiracy is now given the code name of (Baro-kicis).
The architectures of these conspiracies simply planed to attack the indigenous people of the above-mentioned areas and make them run and become refugees in other areas, so that the mining permission is given without the interference of the landowners. This was proofed by the silence of the so-called Somali government as well as the great interest that the prime minister has shown for Somali petroleum and mining deals. Well, this paper briefly discusses the ongoing conspiracies and the secret plans of the unlawful act against the indigenous people of the Digil & Mirifle, Banadiris, Bantus, Bajunis, and Barawanis.

It is clear that most of the Somali tribes are equally united on taking the lands of the indigenous people that belong the lands between the rivers of Juba and Shabelle, and the prime minister has same or similar view with these united tribes. Many more Somali tribes are made to believe that their sole existence depends on this unprotected wealth of agricultural lands of southern Somalia. Evidences that support this theory have been collected and many more are gathered in every minute of the hour.

If one pays attention into the activities of the prime minister, it will take no more than a minute to notice the conspiracies are planned to be committed against the people of Somalia. It is not obvious of who authorized the conspiracies? Why do many these opposing sides (including some of the Digil & Mirifle parliamentarians) participate in, authorize, or accept the conspiracies?
But it is obvious that these conspirators and co-conspirators share same vision and interest for power, control, domination, wealth, and their desire for the fertile and agricultural lands of Digil & Mirifle. Although they have different agendas and interest; the conspirator’s number one agenda is to gain power and control of Somalia, and they know that the power rests to the controller of the agricultural lands of the southern Somalia.
The prime minister is striving to gain power and control for his tribe, while the other conspirators want establish illegal and forced Islamic rule or government, so that they could win the hearts of the rich Arab Islamic fundamentalists by using their well known and planned techniques of engaging illegal or drug businesses, same as Talibans and other fundamentalists do.
The UN recently confirmed and reported that Indho Cadde has drug manufacturing plantations in southern Somali especially Digil lands. On the other side, the prime minister wants to gain mining deals so that he could become like Charles Taylor and many others who use diamonds to invest their struggle of becoming strongest warlord and dominant leader or accomplish domination power for his tribe.

I want to give a chance to my fallow Somalis to farther examine the underlying uniting factor or the shared vision of the conspirators (Mr. Prime Minister) and co-conspirators (Sheikh Awes, Indho Cadde, Qanyare, Sharif Hasan and etc). But for now, I want to remind those so-called tribal leaders and warlords that they are world’s greatest mass murders and the only barbaric leaders of the world today, that they carry enormous weight in decisions that they make to send their militias and tribal members into harms ways of taking up other people’s lands in the processes of gaining power, control, and domination over other tribes; the world is watching and history is recording your evil intentions.
I would humbly ask them, is this better way to watch your sons die, while the other sons are learning? Must countless millions of innocent lives be lost and the aim or the real result of this war never addressed or discussed?

The giant tribes, warriors, empires and mass murders existed yesterday; do not exist today, one must ask why? Because, Allah made and set rules, sent massagers to inform mankind about the rules, and has angels that enforce these divine rules. As the previous generations, warriors, and powerful tribes violated the divine rules of God, there was their fall. The weapons of war (teknicas and barons) have never kept transgressors like (Indho Cadde, Muse Sudi etc) from falling.
Look at Zulu tribes, pharaoh, Babylon, and Romans, back then they were the great warriors of the time, they took lands and violated God’s rule, thus they couldn’t escape that history with their power and weapons because there are no weapons and power greater than the power of Allah, and the law of justice that follows every action.

Finally, this paper serves as a warning to the foreign companies that are interested in investing mineral and petroleum deals in Somalia, especially southern part of Somali between the rivers of Juba and Shabelle. Foreign companies and other parties should not explore minerals and oil in the above-mentioned regions of Somali without consulting or compensating the indigenous people/landowners in any way. The Bantus, Banaderi, Barawanis, and Bajuni people are minority tribes, and thus have little political power, since the Somali constitution does not protect minority interests.
They have no mineral rights to their lands, since all mineral rights are forcefully and illegally owned by the state. They are expected to be passive victims when oil spills, blowouts, and invasive pipe laying cause environmental damage. Foreign companies who are interesting in mineral deals in Somalia should not hide behind the dictatorial thugs, and turn a blind eye to the damages and the serious human rights abuses that are caused by these warlords and their militias against the peace-loving people of the land.

“I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”--Martin Luther King Jr.

Written by: Sakhawadin Mustafa
North Dakota State University


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