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Latest update on the situation in Saylac (Zeila) that resulted in the deaths of innocent teenagers
The recent behaviour by President Silanyo and the Government of Somaliland has resulted in unprecedented protests in Awdal. Emotions are running very high and there is increasing concern that the Government in Hargeisa is deliberately starving the region of resources, aid and development.
12. 2012, President Silanyo was in Djibouti to attend the 40th
anniversary celebration of the Somali becoming a written language.
Silanyo had a private discussion with President Guelleh of Djibouti
regarding the recent local elections in Somaliland, especially those in
Saylac. Guelleh made clear his displeasure concerning the result in
Saylac election insisted that Silanyo override the democratic wishes of
local people and install an Issa councillor as mayor. Guelleh went on to
threaten President Silanyo, when he made clear that should this not
happen, Djibouti will no longer recognise Somaliland as a country which
had previously been agreed between the two Presidents. President Silanyo
returned to Hargeisa and ordered the Vice President to ensure that an
Issa was appointed Mayor of Saylac. The Vice President refused to do
Djiboutians crossed the Djibouti – Somaliland border. Djibouti has
frequently made belligerent claims in regard of Saylac and Lughaya
district. Following this unprovoked incursion citizens in Saylac and
Lughaya protested and two were shot dead and two others wounded.
Musa Bihi (Kulmiye Party Chairman) said, “We are Isaq and Issa helped
us and gave us a financial and military support while we were in the
fighting against the Said Bare regime. Muse as well said Issa were
allied with Isaq while SNM (Somali National Movement) was fighting.
President Silanyo of Somaliland sent to the Awdal city of Borama a
delegation headed by the Vice-president of Somaliland which consist of
30 delegates include Musa Bihi and Haji Abdi Warabeh Hussein (Guurti
Chairman/Somaliland Upper House).
the Youth in Awdal started huge protest which they were against the
delegates because of the provocative words from the Chairman of Kulmiya
Party (the Dominant Political Party in Somaliland). Protesters voiced
their concern that democracy for the regions was being eroded and that
the Kulmiya Party and President Silanyo were intent on stoking up
tribalism.The protests continued for two days and the security personnel
of the delegation fired on the protesters, and they shot 8 teenagers
two of them died and six of them are still in Borama hospitals.
recent behaviour by President Silanyo and the Government of Somaliland
has resulted in unprecedented protests in Awdal. Emotions are running
very high and there is increasing concern that the Government in
Hargeisa is deliberately starving the region of resources, aid and
5 O’clock up to 10 O’clock, 30 delegates include Upper & Lower
members of the Somaliland house, elders, politicians from Hargeasa and
100 Awdal elites met in Mana-guest House to discuss the majority
Councillors in Saylac.
Following on from recent protest and deaths President Silanyo’s
reluctantly Government took the democractic decision that they have been
determined to thwart.
In excess of 70 vehicles crossed the border from Djibouti making for
Saylac with a view to intimidating local people and denying democratic
wishes in connection with the appointment of the new Mayor of Saylac.
in Awdal, as well as in the Diaspora are concerned that the
international community, diplomats, NGOs and the media seem to be
largely unaware of what his being going on and as such urge a greater
willingness to visit western Somaliland, as well as to hold the
Government in Hargeisa to account for its actions, which threaten to
fragment the country and cause further regional instability and
The following shed some light on recent troubles and protests:
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