Towolde’s Second–half Tactical Changes
Like a harrowing, metaphysical murder mystery, the fall of Abdullahi Lugbuur, the notoriously nepotistic now defunct President of the Somali Regional State had all the drama, the climax, and bathos of a Greek tragedy. And for those who watched it unravel, the turns and twists of events were mesmerising and richly sardonic. Lugbuur, alias LB’s radiant morning started with a well-orchestrated offensive against the wonder-boy of the regional politics - veritably known as Daa’uud Axmaar. The tongue-tied ex-president did his machinations well in advance as he connived with key men in the Somali Peoples Democratic Party (the largely dysfunctional ruling party) including the head of the Party Abdifatah Sh. Abdullahi, the sweltering cadre Ahmed Arab, and Dr. Ahmed, the polluted health Professional-turned-politician. The awkward Ahmed Sheekh has always been in Lugbuur’s pocket.
Looking back at his suicidal purge against the main implant of the real rulers of the region, the fallen President may rue his miscalculations for assuming decisions in the Party are made by members and their votes. Of all people, he should have known better; after all, he knows how he came to power himself.
So, the torrent of accusations flowed like a stream of water against the impassive short man- Da’uud. They accused him of being the main obstacle to Party unity, the orchestrator of bickering and division, and the incorrigible rebel in the house. One after the other, the vultures scrambled for the cadaver. What made them oblivious to the lurking threat- the withering look on the face of ‘the soon to be slain’ Da’uud, begs an answer. At last, the votes were to be casted by raising hands to end the long-drawn-out political adventure of the enigmatic young man. But the referee blew the whistle for the half-time with the score line three-nil in favour of the ex-President.
Then, in the dressing room, the tactical changes started. The seasoned Coach, Towelde, the representative of the TPLF who is widely known as the Colonial Governor of the Somali Region, summoned the head of the party and the immoderately talkative Ahmed Arab and told them that it was really never too late to jump off the sinking ship. They were told there is no way the Federal Government will get rid of their trusted man; a reliable instrument of control invested on for a long time.
The second-half begun, and the President’s team started to look jittery. One after another, they left the field ‘injured’, while some got ‘bookings’. And like they say, chants of ‘you are lonely when you die’ started to sear in the mind of the President, as the defection en masse went on unabated. After asking for forgiveness for wrongly accusing their infallible deputy head of the Party -Mr. Da’uud, men of the Executive Committee set off the depredations against the President. Nepotism, Corruption and plotting a Coup were the main charges. In the second half, in football analogy, he conceded five goals and lost the duel. He was fired from the executive and Central Committees, removed from Presidency and thrown out of his cocoon in Jigjiga.
It is always good riddance when massive manacle is put on the hands of any of the corrupt regional leaders and surely the starving people of the region will not be missing Abdullahi Hassan. If at all, we will be spared his bad-lies, foul language and mixing up of names of interviewers. But, salvation is not coming the way of the unfortunate people of the region. The Tigray masters will continue to experiment with worthless ‘briefcase carriers’ and to fake leadership for the noble Somali people in the region. In this regard, the status quo is given an undisturbed continuity.
Yet, among the hells, there is a lesser hell. Surely, Da’uud and his mob will cause more pain and suffering than Lugbuur did. He was a cheap traitor, they are psychopathic torturers. Go and see Jigjiga Prisons to get a feel of what is in the offing. Da’uud’s clique, including the security chief, were the main instruments of torture and arbitrary detentions the Tigray rulers used in the past years. On top of the instructions by the Tigre’s, they are also capable of unleashing their own wave of terror when and where they desire. They have the license and the danger is they crave for blood.
Even by the history of the characteristic law of entropy in the region, the ascendency of the young killers is troubling.