Somalia:Young Politicians of Somalia against gerontocracy

Senior lecturer in Economics and management from the university of Somalia at the College of Business, IT and Public Administration
Senior lecturer in Economics and management from the university of Somalia at the College of Business, IT and Public Administration

Somalia has been an independent country now for over five decades. It’s still the same people those who holdtop posts with the same thinking capacities as it was in 1960s and they set the strategies straight with the combination of interests

and misleading the youngtalented politicians by discouraging or preventing them holding top posts.An overwhelming majority of Somali population is under the age of 35. But its politicians are chiefly a gerontocracy

youth constitutes the majority of Somali population, but up to the present time it is ruled and governed by the older sect of the population. Around half of the country’s population is under the 35 years of age ratio. In this scenario, the attitude of the main current leaders towards fresh talent has been largely apathetic. The current parliament has the feel of an all-star ensemble from the Paleolithic age. Yet this is not to suggest that age is a vice by itself. No government can survive without seasoned voices. And some of the impressive performers of this government have also been its veteran campaigners. But what is patently missing is a balance between youth and experience.

I don’t know how many of you being updated on current politics and politicians in Somalia. But we all know that, all politicians are not efficiently working, and not qualified to be a leader for our nation. Most of them are incompetent, self-proclaimed and taking our country towards poverty. The political policies and governmental structure reflect a state of confusion, which this country is facing now.

loosely speaking, aged people associated with the previous regimes are still in politics. Somalia is in peril not because of security establishment but because of incompetent political leadership and weak civil bureaucracy which executes its power. To accomplish their own vested interests the political leadership avoids taking key security and foreign policy decisions, The political leadership does what it wants and put the blame on establishment what it wants to avoid. Indeed, the crisis that engulfs Somalia today not only needs unprecedented national unity in majorissues. More vitally, salvation will only come when the political masters placed in Mogadishu move beyond agents of change to become leaders of change. In old Somalia, leaders fed us with an empty spoon with the promise of glorious future, in new Somalia, they are still feeding us with an empty spoon. We have witnessed five presidents since the collapse of the Somali government in early 1990s, all of them have same similarities over another and they are all hailed and educated by previous governments, except former president sheikh Sharif sheikh armed.

The chairman and the mayor ofBanaadirRegional Administration (BRA) for the first time in Somali history nominated more than fifteen head districts all of them were well educated young politicians and this underlines that Our young people are most willing to work ingovernment offices or work as diplomats in foreign countries. I believe we need younger politicians and all the young people have different point of view and interests from the older ones. Youth are more open minded and have sometimes fresh and creative ideas and perhaps follow the constant developing trends more like the older generations do. I think it goes without saying that younger

politicians are pivotal to the political, economic and social development, provided that they also have new ideas and they are not trepid to put them to good use. Because we quite often see brilliant young people in politics, who instead of supporting and pursuing their ideas and ambitions, go along with old politicians and cling to their obsolete policies, just for fear of being marginalized. It’s a fear well-founded, because young politicians don’t have the necessary power and connections to challenge the old ways and so they have to bear it, until the old generation dies.

my argument of this article is that,Somalia is in an urgent need for fresh ideas and young leaders, I can’t wait to see my generation taking the power and give (hopefully) a new impulse to the government, there are more than 270 members of parliament in Somalia, The vast bulk of these legislators are elderly or middle-aged men, pot-bellied, not highly educated, and not terribly tuned in to the dynamics of globalization.

My point here is simply that we have reached the point where the Somali people are being told to turn their anger against highly-educated people who perform some of the most important work in the country. Some of our youngster’s decided to enter in politics without any self-interested. We don’t have any connections to challenge the gerontocracy. We are just fresher. We have well knowledge in politics, Definitely if we all join together, we can do something for our country for its development., and we should understand each other. The young politicians must oppose the leaders who are busy with vote of confidenceagainst each other and being irresponsible misusing the power of their position.

Lastly, we do need more young politicians in Somalia, we need to showcase Young political leaders of Somalia who can lead the country from the front. Although, the main issue that holds the stand here is that the youth of this country is not very interested in getting themselves in the politics for obvious reasons whatsoever. The younger generation of our country is fully aware of the issues faced by our people , and if given a chance they would change the face of this nation, the political situation for the very best.

Isak Abdi Abdulahi

Senior lecturer in Economics and management from the university of Somalia at the College of Business, IT and Public Administration. Email:

Mogadishu, Somalia