OP-ED: The Importance of Clear Constitutional Guidelines, for a Bright Future in Somalia


The progress of a country is not solely dependent on the goals set by its leaders or the dreams of its people. Deeply rooted in the strength and clarity of its governing structures. Somalia, a nation that has faced challenges finds itself at a moment where achieving ambitious objectives is closely tied to addressing the current state of uncertainty surrounding its constitution. The necessity of having an approved and widely embraced constitution cannot be emphasized enough as Somalia strives for stability, democracy, and prosperity.

The current temporary status of Somalia's constitution, which is intended to be the foundation of governance and order mirrors the instabilities that have haunted the nation for years. A constitution represents more than a set of rules; it embodies a country's essence, principles, and aspirations. It outlines how power is divided among government branches protects citizens' rights and shapes policies and development strategies. Without finalizing and fully enforcing this document Somalia continues to forge with only partially reliable guidance, for its future journey.

The absence of an established constitution has effects, on how governance and progress unfold. It makes it difficult to set up reliable institutions which are crucial for effective governance and for attracting local and global investments. Investors and international partners want to feel confident that their commitments and investments are protected by laws something that a temporary constitution cannot fully guarantee.

Furthermore, the political uncertainty arising from the situation worsens the challenges of federalism in Somalia. The interaction between the government and regional entities remains contentious leading to disagreements over resource allocation, territorial borders, and political independence. A clear and approved constitution would clarify these relationships and duties reducing conflicts and promoting an approach to national governance and progress.

The process of finalizing the constitution also presents an opportunity for discussions and reconciliations. It can provide a platform for addressing grievances negotiating agreements and developing a shared vision, for the future. This inclusiveness is essential to ensure that the constitution is not only a document but also an agreement that represents the diverse hopes and commitments of all Somali stakeholders.

In summary, clarifying the ambiguity, within Somalia's constitution is not a political requirement; it is a crucial step for the country's stability and progress. The core of its governance needs a constitution that's precise, inclusive, and representative of the people's wishes. Then can Somalia move forward in achieving its objectives ensuring that its path is guided by democratic principles, justice and fair development. The international community along, with Somalia leaders and citizens should acknowledge the importance of this mission. Commit to supporting a process that leads to an approved constitution, which will be the foundation of Somalia's success.

Ismail D. Osman: Former Deputy Director of the Somalia National Intelligence & Security Agency (NISA). Specializing in writings on Somalia, the Horn of Africa's security, and geopolitical landscapes with an emphasis on governance and security. Contact: osmando@gmail.com. Twitter: @osmando.

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