Opinion: Is Al-Shabab Making Gains and bigger Influence in the Political and Clan Context of Galmudug State of Somalia?

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    Opinion: Is Al-Shabab Making Gains and bigger Influence in the Political and Clan Context of Galmudug State of Somalia?

    By: Garad Yusuf Mohamud

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By: Garad Yusuf Mohamud


Al-Shabaab presents part of the puzzle of the solution to the problems faced by Galmudug State and its territory. This is not to deny that the organization has committed acts of large scale violence or to paper over its claims of seeking a global war against the all, Al-Shabaab is a successful social movement in both aspects of praxis, thought and action, while expertly framing the Somali conflagration in such a way as to maximize its mobilization efforts.



Galmudug forces and Alshabaab has been fighting south of Mudug region such as Fah and Qosoltira villages late in 2005, also Galmudug forces liberated Al-shabaab from Amara village near the border of Mudug and Galgadud Region without accompanied other foreign troops such as Amisom Forces during the conflict, the resistance within Galmudug framed the crisis as a battle "between Galmudug forces and the Al-shabaab Militia and the welcome Galmudug Population.


However, the group is emerging as a new voice with a new message in the clan context of Somalia, putting forward a plan for change that includes an emphasis on youth and a cross-clan ideology as the group proves as a movement of indigenous to the emotional response of Somali people adapted to the history and desires of the people in its society.


Utilizing social mobilization literature sheds some light on the success of al- Shabaab and its current high level of influence within Galmudug. This is a direct consequence of the masterful way that al-Shabaab apportions its resources so as to exploit them to the fullest amount, as well as an attribute of the superior framing performed by the group in order to recruit sympathy for its programs from the people of South-Central Somalia.


Its successful framing is the key to the proliferation of al-Shabaab. To understand this, it is important to examine how al-Shabaab came to interpret the national psychology of Somali society by explaining its own movement dynamics and in apportioning blame for the problems faced by Galmudug today and Somalia at large, because that the large parts of Galmudug territory controlled by Al-shabaab Group.


From this, we can see that al-Shabaab is making a transition from an ideological, dogmatic court militia consisting of a hardened core of true believers backed by mercenary guns to a widespread political organism, hydra-headed and willing to negotiate a power-sharing agreement to maintain territory without wastefully deploying its resources.


It may be that in the coming months, it will become an inaccuracy to depict al-Shabaab as a single movement at all. Instead, it could become a youth-based, anti-clannish avalanche of multiple voices and manifold visions.


Given the specific nature of framing in context, it is best to examine this practice by way of a specific example. Roland Marchal selected the February 2006 invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia as a key moment in the establishment of al- Shabaab as an important factor in Somali politics.


This intervention was repelled by a variegated mixture of forces, including al-Shabaab which points to the group’s willingness to participate in coalitions when such behavior is in its self-interest.


Finally, al-Shabaab is a movement indigenous to the sensibilities of Galmudug State, attuned to the history and desires of the people in its society. Al-shabaab will continue the challenge while there is clan political desires, al-Shabaab provides a viable model for the solution to the catastrophic recent history of Somalia.


Garad Yusuf Mohamud is Member of the Parliament of the Galmudug State and a Researcher and Author of Politics

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The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Horn Observer’s editorial policy.



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