Seismic Political Changes And Tectonic Plate Shifts Appear To Be On The Offing In Djibouti. By Suleiman Egeh
Seismic Political changes and tectonic plate shifts appear to be on the offing in Djibouti. Earth quakes of opposition voices are emerging so fast and furious in Djibouti
Daroorihii Isbedalka Ayaa Dul Hoganaya Djibouti. Arab Spring Ama Gugii Arabta Ayaad Moodaa Inuu Ka Curtay Djibouti. Waxad Moodaa Inuu Wakhtigii Cisaabdii Kala Qaybinta , Cabudhinta, Kalidii Taliska, Isir Takoorka, Tuugada xoolaha Dad Waynuha, Dilka, Caga Jug Laynta, Iyo Beento U Soo Dhamaaday. Waxa Dhimatay Baqdintii. Aaladihii Adoonsigu Hada Kadib Mashaqaynayaan Waanay Burbura Yaan
“The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Thomas Jefferson.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King
Peaceful pre-revolutionary clouds similar to what had happened in Tunisia and Egypt is hanging over Djibouti. The death of fear is everywhere. People are no longer scared of all the instruments of repression. The Arab spring train appears to be heading towards Djibouti and now appears to be stopped in a train station near Djibouti. When I watched the rallies held by the opposition, when I saw the faces of the people, when I watched the restlessness, and fearlessness on their faces, and the activities of the general public, I was overwhelmed with hope and expectation. When I carefully listened to the opposition rhetoric and speeches, I came to the conclusions, that the ghosts of Tunisian revolution seems to be showing up in Djibouti, I came to the conclusion that an unprecedented change that may offset the end of the hijacking of the state of Djibouti in 1977 is in the offing. Now I am becoming more confident to feel the beginning of an end of an era may be taking shape in Djibouti. The train of change has arrived at the Djibouti station, and not turning back no matter what.
On the flip side of the coin, the criminal coterie that misruled Djibouti for over thirty years are also conniving, strategizing, sharpening their repressive machinery, and enterprising about how to push back and silence the massive voices of change and democracy. They are frightened to death and struggling as to how to push back the rising torment of humanity. I am afraid this time, It may be too little and too late for the criminal coterie, the pioneers of hijacking, the perpetrators of repression and death to offset let alone push back and extinguish the voices of democracy, justice and change. The people are chanting and saying in a clear voice not this time. They are saying loud and clear never again. They are chanting with lyrics they borrowed from the legendary Tunisian revolutionary and poet Abu al-Qasim al-Shabi’s : “If the People Wanted Life One Day. ذا الشعب يوما أراد الحياة “If, one day, a people desire to live, then fate will answer their call. And their night will then begin to fade, and their chains break and fall. For he who is not embraced by a passion for life will dissipate into thin air, At least that is what all creation has told me and what its hidden spirits declare…”
The Djibouti opposition is too big, mature enough, and battle hardened to be pushed back or silenced. No amount of repression, imprisonment, or death is enough to stop them. The leaders and the pioneers of corruption, nepotism , dictatorship, and death has one choice that is to vacate their seats and transfer the power to the opposition, anything less will be very detrimental and dangerous for their future. The current Djibouti opposition appears to be so broad-based, so massive, so talented, so mature, and above all so determined to unseat the entrenched criminal mafia that was misruling Djibouti for so long. They are determined to unseat a corrupt and criminal group that has disfigured the character of Djibouti and its people.
What will you expect on Saturday, the day after the parliamentary election? In the first place, the ruling gang will attempt to rig the elections, and then resort to their traditional reactive signature brutal repression, human right abuses, massive imprisonment, and massive killing of civilians, but unfortunately no strategy from their magic box will work this time. The opposition is and the aura of change is everywhere, in the air, in the streets, in the houses, and on the peoples’ eyes. I have also noticed a very young and restless population, I have noticed a fearless face book age young population everywhere, and I have noticed the fearlessness on their faces, actions, speeches and gestures.
I was following the Djibouti opposition forces for the last month. Ironically during colonial times, Djibouti was originally more peaceful multi-ethnic, multi-racial state of tolerance. It was a relatively friendlier a country. Since the country was hijacked by a small criminal group, the character of the country was changed. It became a gloomy, angry, tense, repressive and a violent country. It became a country where even the people on transit are harassed, hassled and mistreated by untrained and illiterate police rookies. To avoid all these unnecessary inconveniences many people decided to avoid Djibouti airports al-together. This is one
This was country was hijacked by a small coterie for almost thirty years. This one party state that few people have dominated the highest offices of the land. These people pull all the strings of power with impunity for so long. The country became a police state where any type of political dissent is impossible, there is no freedom of the press, and all parties except the party of the ruling elite were banned. For over thirty years, the country was dominated by a one man and his nephew. The similarity between Djibouti and Tunis is so powerful and similar. It is so vivid, so compelling and so powerful. Green Tunis “Tunis Al-Khadra”was dominated by two men since they achieved their Independence from France in 1956. Habib Bouqiba a pre-independence trade unionists and agitators for the independence of Tunisia, who became the first president of Tunis. For more than 30 years, Tunis was dominated by one man, one party, and the suffocating dictatorship he created. When become a man with advanced age and almost senile, his deputy and aide Zhine Al-Abidin Bin Ali replaced him, unfortunately he made became more repressive and dictatorial. Bin Ali was the first long tyrant to be washed away by the Arab Spring torment.
For the Republic of Somaliland and its people a peaceful and democratic Djibouti will become a good and peaceful neighbor. The people of Somaliland who share blood and kinship with the people of Djibouti would like to see a free and democratic Djibouti at peace with its people, and not interfering with the affairs of its neighbors. The Djibouti dictatorship was so hostile to Somaliland independence and its people, and time and again interfere with their internal affairs. Somaliland citizens were often the victims of harassment and hassling whenever they happen to visit or even when they were on transit in Djibouti. Now Tunis, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen are all free. The dictator in Syria is fighting with his nails but he will soon be defeated and join his deposed friends. I am hoping Djibouti to become a sterling democracy that takes care of its people that has good relationship with its neighbors-the Somaliland Republic.
I will sign off my piece with quotes from the legendary Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Suleiman Egeh is a freelance writer and a senior science instructor