Somali’s Head of the Transitional Federal Government, Charif Cheikh Ahmed, is in the country to thank Rwanda for the role played towards fostering peace in the war- torn Somali region.
Rwanda has been helping to build the capacity of the Somali armed forces by training them. As part of the efforts towards setting the country back to its feet, by ensuring peace and security.
Troubles in the horn of Africa have always surfaced whenever the world talks of wars. The never ending fighting between the government and militia has seen its cities collapse into some of the most dangerous zones - an insane situation that has led one thing to another.
A failed state with much poverty and suffering is what Somalia, sadly, is best known for. The instability in the region eventually gave birth to a new breed of the world’s most feared pirates.
Forget about the fictitious ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, these Somali pirates are real today and have built their legacy capturing multi-million dollar vessels at sea.
More so, for the business tycoons globally, who earlier this year were afraid to send any fuel vessels via the Port of Mombasa, hence the fuel crisis.
As Rwandans we recall the blow we felt when petrol consumption was limited to only 20 litres per car. The Somali pirates though considered as heroes in the eyes of many of the country’s locals, are still a menace that is destabilising the regions peace.
The pirates outlaw behaviour, coupled with the international community’s ‘Hands Up’ on Somalia, the world has watched as the horn of Africa slowly disintegrates, into a dark abyss.
Just like the ancient Japanese Samurai Warriors, who could never concede defeat until they were totally cornered, the same is true for Somalia.
Though the international community has washed its hands off this country, President Charif Cheikh Ahmed, refuses to give up. His zeal for a regional campaign that Somalia’s trouble can only be tackled by her fellow neighbours is well called for.
Just like the eastern DRC conflict was mitigated as a result of the bilateral relations between Rwanda and the Kinshasa government, the same could apply for Somalia.
A combined effort among the Great Lakes regional states can eventually establish a way forward for Somalia’s peace.