|H.E. Nick Kay
Here are some examples: During the Jubaland Addis Ababa agreements at the end of August 2013 (and I was present in the meetings there in Addis), international community members were openly forcing the signing of an agreement because on the first week of September 2013, there would be the “all important” New Deal conference in Brussels. Note that the targeted object of the forced agreement was not aimed at resolving the complex, emotion-laden conflict in Jubbaland involving human antagonists on the ground, but at a Donor Conference in Brussels that would supposedly pledge money for Somalia. As you would learn subsequently, this was the warped thinking of Nickolas Kay and his partners within the international community: Exhibitions, pyrotechnics and fireworks for the benefits of project management reporting that have nothing to do with corresponding realities on the ground.
Two years after the signing of the Jubbaland agreement in respect of a Brussels clock, the real Jubaland peace process is underway now thanks to the courage and political smartness of Ahmed Madobe who reminds us in every speech that we are working on the time lines of the IC and not our agenda. Without the prodding of the clock of Nick Kay and company, President Madobe is engaged in sustained political outreach to his adversaries and aggrieved communities to soldier a peace deal; Two years after Brussels and his own!
Similarly, on November 17, 2014, a shot gun type wedding was orchestrated which proclaimed the South West State of Somalia without peace building ground work. Why, because in a few days, there would be a High Level Partnership Forum conference on the New Deal on Somalia in Copenhagen. As a matter of fact, the Copenhagen Communiqué dated November 20, 2014 states, among other platitudes, “We welcome progress towards the formation of interim administration in South-West.”
In addition, the Galmudug debacle of 2015 and continuing is all too familiar where HSM stole a sham election with the complicity of Kay and company. Why the complicity? Because within a month of that, Nicholas Kay was handing his last project management report to the Security Council in September 2015.
In each of these Rushed regional states of Jubaland, South West State and Galmudug, the regional leadership sadly has control over only the putative regional capitals and do not have their writ extended to the rest of the region; hence respective administrations control only Kismayo, Baydhaba, Cadaado. In each of these states, Kay helped leave behind political land mines that need to be attended to carefully through settlement of political issues and his actions have contributed to hundreds of lives lost in Kismayo, in Baydhabo, in Guriceel and most recently in Galkayo.
That is essentially the legacy of Ambassador Nicholas Kay and his time line and clock driven agenda, which were not designed to serve the interests of Somalia. His lack of political judgment may set the cause of Federalism and devolution some lightyears back because of the conflicts/grievances his decisions have left behind. He may also have potential blood on his hands when History is re-examined and properly interrogated. But to paraphrase a famous saying, Nick Kay may have had the clock, but as he leaves, we Somalis have the time and there is a difference between having the clock and having the time.
By Abdurahman Hosh Jibril
The author [email protected] is a former Minister of constitutional Affairs and Reconciliation and a current member of Somali parliament.