By: Yusuf M Hasan
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – It is official, Hagaltosie has exchange militia uniform with a political gown
Hon Suleiman Isse Ahmed ‘Hagaltosie’ has officially assumed the office of minister of Rehabilitation and Rural Development at a colourful ceremony witnessed by hundreds of people among them Traditional leaders, legislators, opposition party bosses and senior public officials at the Civil Service Commission Hall in Hargeisa.
While handing over the outgoing resettlement minister Hon Abdirazak Ali Osman briefed on achievements garnered during his one-year tenure among them construction of three resettlement areas for refugee/returnees as well as construction of 75 permanent houses for vulnerable persons in Burao the Togdheer regional capital.
The immediate resettlement minister was recently appointed Industry minister after the appointment of Hagaltosie to the resettlement portfolio during a mini-reshuffle effected by the president H.E Ahmed Mahmoud Silanyo last week.
Upon receiving official documents and keys to his new office Hon Suleiman Isse Ahmed ‘Hagaltosie’ the new minister of Resettlement and Rural Development thanked the president for appointing him as well as the entire citizenry for the support accorded him since signing of the Buhodle peace accords.
“I promise to repay the president’s and citizens confidence in me by working diligently and honestly in pursuit of availing Somalilanders at all corners of the country with effective services that pertain to my portfolio” Said Hon Hagaltosie.
The incoming resettlement minister is the former Sool, Sanaag & Cayn (Ain)-SSC militia commander who rehabilitated his Buhodle people back to the mainframe national life after signing a peace accord with president Silanyo.
The peace accord that entailed disbanding of the SSC militia and their subsequent assimilation into the security forces, cessation of hostilities, return of escaped residents, appointment of area residents into senior government positions and provision of public services etc. is in full implementation with the Hagaltosie appointment cementing the accord.
Since the accord was signed and implementation effective initially with the release of SSC members from Mandera maximum prison, residents of Buhodle region are enjoying life devoid of never ending skirmishes between militias and the national army.