Is Ethiopia succeeding to intellectually colonise Somalia’s political classes?
At a recent press conference, Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom said
“Ethiopia has been consolidating its support for strengthening of civil service of the country, enabling to take scholarship for citizens and existing of economic ties … that Ethiopia’s effort to strengthen the civil service and the provision of scholarship for Somalis would create economic bondage of the two countries” .
As one of the more influential figures in Ethiopian policymaking towards the bantustanisation of Somalia, his language and choice of words are the clearest indication as of yet, illustrating how the Ethiopian establishment see the future of Somalia. By stating that Ethiopian efforts are now being concentrated in its focus to consolidate and strengthen their role within Somalia’s civil service, he’s tacitly acknowledging that its military exertions over Somali territories has been achieved. This ‘achievement’ is not per se the exertion of a de facto sole regional hegemon of some sort one expects from Ethiopian language of achievement, rather it’s in the sense that all it could achieve by military means has been exhausted to point of diminishing returns.
Ethiopia is now attempting to gain a complete control of Somalia’s civil service in both reginal and central administrative authorities. This could be achieved by providing training and scholarships, but where necessary, Somali political agents will be used with an ultimate aim of creating the stated “economic bondage”! In that context, Somalis are nothing short of people held in captive for the sole reason of allowing Ethiopia to extract rent, quantifiable resources and other intangible gain, for whose benefits Somalia has been transformed into an economic bondage type of master-servitude relationship status.
The Somali intellectual Abukar Arman is one of only few voices in the wilderness sounding alarm in the present context. He wrote in May last year that:
“Ethiopia has launched a successful campaign of co-option, indoctrination and silencing of key individuals and institutions. Many media professionals were lured by the offer of intensive certification program in journalism, first class hospitality, and generous stipends. Likewise, some officials in the security sector, parliament, civil societies and the political elite.”
Going beyond the simple annual scholarships for a limited number of Somali students being brought to Addis Ababa universities, Ethiopia actively takes their “training” to Somali universities, especially in the area of civil service, and thereby achieve greater impact on unlimited number of future public servants. This impact is most visible in Hargeisa and Garowe.
The Ethiopian Ambassador to Somalia visited Hiiraan back in August for another of those Goebbelsian missions, gathering regional elders and lecturing them about Ethiopian contribution to the “development of the country” before declaring:
“The Ethiopian government is not only involved in security matters. In the past year alone we offered education scholarships to 350 local students. Despite the challenges we face in our country, we thought of sharing what we have with our brothers in Somalia”
Yes, “brothers” he said; where did we hear that before?
By Liban Farah| December 7th, 2016|Aid & Development, Articles & News, Human Rights, Politics & Corruption|0 Comments
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