One of Kenyan leading newspapers, Daily nation, has written an article with the above title. The paper says: “Sometimes the unthinkable can become reality if we applied our minds to possibilities and fortunes beyond our ordinary imaginations. Kenya invaded Somalia in 2011 seven years ago. Its Defence Forces crossed into Somalia and have become a part of Somalis”.
The paper believes that although Somalia is the most homogenous societies in the world with a common language, culture and religion yet there have been difficulties since 1990 when the dictator Siad Barre was deposed, without a viable alternative capable of holding Somalia together, especially because of clan rivalry. The Somali people tend to identify themselves along these clans, and as the saying goes, to a Somali the family and the clan come first versus the rest.
The paper boasts that unlike Somalia, Kenya has remained a united multiparty democratic state and that it has strong and well defined institutional frameworks under the doctrine of separation of powers where the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature coexist harmoniously and constitutionally.
Daily nation went on to say: “Geographically, Kenya covers 582,000 and Somalia 637,000 square kilometres with respective coastal lines of 490 and 3,333km. Kenya has a population of close to 49 million while Somalia has roughly 20 million. However, Somalia is unique in the sense that it is highly globalised. A lot of its citizens live in the Horn of Africa, Yemen, the Gulf States, Western Europe and US and Canada — but Kenya and Yemen have most of the Somali refugees. By their nature Somali people are very enterprising, hardworking and those that have been exposed are highly educated. Kenya has a large population of ethnic Somalis, who mostly live in the north eastern region. They occupy key positions in the national and county governments and are integrated like any other ethnic community of Kenya”.
TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY – Kenya and Somalia to merge
The paper suggests that Kenya and Somali should merge into one powerful nation. It says: “Why then wouldn’t there be a Kenya Somalia Federation despite Somalis usually associating with the Middle East while their natural ally should be Kenya? If the two Nations were to federate on matters defence, law and order, foreign affairs, agriculture, education, health, territorial integrity and coast guards they will constitute a formidable force and their combined resources both human and natural would make this Eastern Africa Federation an attractive investment destination”.
Daily Nations believes that such territorial integrity would enable us to exploit maritime resource along the combined 3,800km long coastline with incredible exclusive economic zone and territorial waters.
The author of the article, Karanja Kabage says: “We, Kenya and Somalia, shall have a combined population of close to 70 million plus and this will create a formidable market opening up a new frontier”.
The rest of the article reads:
As for the constitutional construct, we can come up with governance structures where Somalia will be producing a Deputy President while Kenya produces a President within a transition period after which any national of Kenya and Somalia can contest for the presidency. However, the issue of a new constitutional dispensation can be debated and agreed upon while overreaching beneficial value of the federation should focus on synergy and creation of a climate where peoples of these two countries can freely take advantage of vast opportunities. This will ultimately have value in harnessing greater peace and tranquillity.
The model being proposed here can have application across Africa in creating several federations because if we have to trade and negotiate with other nations outside of the continent the current geographical dispensations of small population-wise states cannot give us leverage. Above all, these federations will help us chart forward with development of common languages.
The writer concludes: “This advocacy is intended to address the future of Africa in the context of globalised world with less perpetual dependency by changing the paradigm to greater production of economies of scale with larger populations/market and hence capabilities for greater research and development”.
Somali minister wanted Somalia to unite with Ethiopia
The Kenyan author is not the first who suggests that Somalia should merge with its neighbouring country. Somalia’s internal affairs minister Hussein Mohammed Farah Aideed proposed in 2007 that Somalia and Ethiopia should unite with one passport, one currency and one nation, although later denied his statement.
Mr. Aideed who met with clan and traditional elders in the presidential palace in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, said since Somalis and Ethiopians were brothers and both countries share 2000 km long border my government would suggest to use a single passport in the two countries and a unified security force because there is blood relations between both communities in Somalia and Ethiopia.
“There are thousands of Somali refugees living in Ethiopian and who hold Ethiopian passports who can travel everywhere in the world,” Mr. Aideed said.
Hussein Aideed said 60% the Somali refugees are in Ethiopia and argued that nothing can prevent us from joining hands with Ethiopia since they came to help us from thousands miles away.
The Interior Minister asked the elders to welcome the Ethiopian forces helping the government in restoring peace and stability.
He said the Ethiopians should be seen as friends and not as enemies. “Ethiopia is the only country which supported Somalia out of the problem,” he said.
Rats desert a sinking ship
Kenya and Ethiopia are Somalia’s archenemies as they both still colonize parts of Somalia. Both countries invade Somalia king hundreds of civilians if not thousands. Their troops are still stationed the war torn country which is on the verge of helplessly merging with its former enemies. Somalia is like a sinking ship abondoned by rats.