We tried to find out from Somalis what the solution to our problems as a nation and we were amazed by their responses. Most people are quick to say the government should provide steady power supply, good roads, healthcare and affordable food. The other school of thought that there is a need for orientation and re-orientation of the attitude of Somalis to the governance while the last school of thought is that corruption is the main problem of the country and must be fought vigorously. The views of these Somalis are only an expression of the problems in the country but not the solution. We humbly wish to submit that our socio-political and economic problems, power supply,unemployment, socio-healthcare, infrastructural decay, militia-groups, crime and other forms of criminalities are a result greed and corruption. This is made possible as a result of deliberate actions and in-actions of past and present government administrations to weaken our institutions.
The lack of strong institutions in Somalia encourages corruption that has bred our numerous problems. These institutions include not limited to the following State/National Assemblies, Somalia’s police and other law enforcement agencies, Judiciary and the Public Service. We cannot develop our beloved country with the crop of corrupt and self-serving people in our various institutions. The attitudes of these individuals are reasons why some Somalis believe that except we re-orientate and change our attitude we may never combat corruption. We, however, need to understand that human beings are “animals” and that they can only be told by the rule of law and environment they find themselves.
Somalia migrated to many countries in the world particularly a large number of these immigrants are in UK, USA, and other developed countries and they conform to the laws of the land, the pay their taxes, queue up, obey traffic laws, account for their actions and they treat their wife with dignity and respect. Failures to comply with the rules of the land will automatically lead them to jail. The law does not respect anyone including Mr. President /Prime minister. Unfortunately, same Somalis return to their country and do the direct opposite. The reason they behave like that is the fact that our institutions are weak and corrupt. They are either able to buy their way or speak to someone within the government or institution to help circumvent the system. It, therefore, implies that if we want to change our attitude to one another and governance; we need stronger institutions that are independent and incorruptible. We need Institutions that cannot be influenced by Mr. President, Political party, groups or individual. Institutions that will uphold the integrity, dignity and sanctity of our constitution as a nation