To: H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Federal Republic of Somalia
H.E Abdi Farah Shirdon, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somali
H.E Mohamed Osman Jawari, Speaker of the House
Cc: H.E. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga, Special Representative to Somalia (SRSG) and
Head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS)
Lt. General Andrew Gutti, Force Commander, African Union Mission in
Secretariat, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Subject: An Open letter on the Formation of Jubaland State
We, on behalf of the Jubaland communities in Minnesota, United States forward this Open Letter on the formation of the Jubaland State, to the parties mentioned above.
As peoples, Somalis everywhere and particularly those in Somalia have experienced an incomprehensible suffering for over two decades of civil wars. And nowhere in Somalia
have people suffered so much and gained so little attention, than the native populations in the Juba region, and particularly at the nation’s third largest city of Kismayo and its environs.
From the most recent terrorist Al-Shabab group to clan militia thugs of 1990’s, the people of Kismayo and its area have being fought “over” as President Hassan has
recently noted in his November 18th, 2012 press conference in Mogadishu.
Many of our people have paid the ultimate price yet our people have survived decades of vagary. Today, like most Somalis everywhere, we say ENOUGH! And like all Somalis everywhere, we feel a new dawn is at hand. Now that the transition is over and our new Federal government is in place, we hope to gain back what we can and rebuild what we must. We want to start this work through the only sustainable means we know; a peaceful and legal process.
Therefore, envisioning a united Somali, we the undersigned, as indigenous peoples of Jubaland region deeming it necessary to stand up for our rights and the rights of our people
and in order to voice our concerns and that of our people; submit the following to our Federal government first and secondly, to those representing entities of the international
community in and outside our county, who are concerned about the rights of every human being, anywhere in the world:1. We expect the government of the Federal Republic of Somalia to respect the provisional Federal Republic Constitution as adapted on August 1st, 2012 and consistent with all powers granted under this constitution, the Federal Republic of Somalia should fully support autonomous states whenever they materialize in our country.
2. We expect members of the provisional parliament of the Federal Republic of Somalia to uphold the rule of law under the constitution and to agitate the rights of every Somali
citizen anywhere and everywhere.
3. We petition to all parties involved in the current “Jubland State” debate to recognize and respect the role of the government of Federal Republic of Somalia consistent with
the current Federal Constitution as adapted on August 1st, 2012.
4. We acknowledge and thank the Somali military, UNISOM forces and indigenous militias for liberating the people of Somalia, particularly those in Juba regions from the threat of
terrorism and lawlessness. The indigenous peoples in these regions must now be helped to resolve their social and political difficulties peacefully and orderly.
5. We ask that all current and future meeting(s) concerning “Jubaland State” issues to be held inside the country, and particularly in Kismayo and must involve all WAMO
6. We envision the formation of a “Jubaland State” which is based on a fair and equal distribution of powers and a state that recognizes individual’s natural right to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
7. We support a “Jubaland State” that is part of the Federal Republic of Somalia and which protects and respects its sovereignty, the sovereignty of other governments, and rights
of every citizen as required by law.
8. We urge the Federal Somali government in consultation with the United Nations and all other concerned parties to facilitate the orderly and peaceful return of all Somali
refugees now stranded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia for over two decades.
We sign this petition believing that the only means to a sustainable peace and economic sustenance for all communities is for each of us to work towards fair justice for all and the
only means to a fair justice is through a peaceful and legal process.
Thank you. Names of the signatories:
1. Ismail Haji Warsame (Former House Representative, Somalia 1964 -1968)
2. Ugas Mohamud Cunshur (Ugas)
3. Abdikadir M. Abukor (Former City Official, Kismayo)
4. Haji Abdi Muse Haji Abdi Yare
5. Kadiya Ali Huniye (Former City official, Kismayo)
6. Mohamed Said Ciise (Former Teacher, Kismayo City Schools)
7. Nur Said Elmi Mohamed
8. Mohamed Said (Former Teacher, Kismayo City Schools)
9. Abdullahi Ahmed Kheyr
10. Aden Mohamud Suldan Baqow
11. Abdirahman Shire Mohamed
12. Ali Said Haji Ali (Ali-Dheere)
13. Abdullahi Haji Ari (Jumayd)
14. Abdullahi Ali Basse
15. Ahmed Shire Ali
16. Hussein Sheik Ahmed
17. Ahmed Jamac Xirsi
18. Abdullahi Deer
19. Abdihakim Ahmed Mohamed
20. Adan Issa Ali
21. Adan Ismail Ali
22. Farah Hirsi Mohamed
23. Osman Mohamed Ali
24. Osman Ciise Caro
25. Ali Farah
26. Mohamed Cali Mohamud
27. Dahir Ali
28. Mohamed A. Mohamed
29. Sheikh Yusuf Omar
30. Fadumo Ali
31. Mohamed Osman (Manjimo)
32. Asad Shane
33. Dahir Nuur Dheere
34. Tarabi Abdirahman Jama
35. Mohamed Keynan