Since time immemorial, justice has surpassed man’s expectations. Inequality of all life aspects has also been in existence for a long time. Waves of jubilance and jolliness shaded human as justice existed. Justice is a stringent strut of life; it backs up the smooth flow of life through progressive developments and achievements. For a country taste the ebullience of life, live in trustworthy, stay calm and comfort with vigilance, all the political and non-political institutions should stick on keeping the justice. It is justice that flourishes and rehabilitates a country; it is the justice that bets a well-developed country with the highest good expectancy. The concept of not having justice causes intractability problem that no one can deal or cope with. In assessing a country’s development, a major clue which is considered is the justice – if the prevailing conditions come to be viewed as unjust by enough society members, rebellion or revolution may ensue. This may cause a shifting power as a result of the oppressed who is more likely to rise up or flare up in revolt. No country is a country without laying the justice of its nation very accurately. Lack of justice tend to be intractable so its avenue should strictly be sustained. As a matter of fact, if this not tackled, it paves the way for dehumanization and violence.
Nevertheless, when it comes to nation-building or structuring the state, for example, Somaliland, the so-called three branches of government must be found. They are the legislative branch, the executive branch and lastly the most imperative branch which I want further explain – the judicial branch.
With the indispensability of all branches, yet the judicial branch tops number one. The society is in dire need of getting just judicial system that is within reach of all Somaliland citizens. The judicial system requires a profound consideration and there must be a zero-tolerance on government espousal. Likewise, the government should allocate their budget. This may lead the best environment for the citizens of Somaliland at large.
For a long time, there have been many complaints from Somaliland Judicial System. The citizens felt more than a bit of disgruntled with the unfair Judicial System. There was another problem – their complaints were not worked out for them and the government was even negligent. Somalilanders felt they were not treated with respect or courtesy. Somaliland people followed the complaints procedure but they saw their demands unfulfilled and got disappointed. Governmental institutions did not listen up to those complains but rather turned them down and blew them off.
Times of gloominess passed the country – I still remember law students were not convinced with Somaliland Judicial System – they rebuked how the system worked at that time. Consequently, many law students changed their mind and sought a better place for work while others joined a different field for their Further Studies. Further, I used to pay visits to the Supreme Court, District Court and Regional Court – cases accumulated without not solving a solemn one. Plaintiffs and defendants streamed up in mornings without their complaints fulfilled.
On May 5th , 2016, Somalilanders one time chanted justice mantra. Short after the appointment of Prof Adam Haji Ali Ahmed as Somaliland’s Chief of Justice, all Somaliland citizens rejoiced at the news of Prof Adam’s appointment. There were jubilant shouts throughout Somaliland.
Who is Prof Adam Haji Ali? A dedicated, educated, young professor who has been teaching Somaliland’s most renowned university, University of Hargeisa. Prof Adam was the committed Dean of The Conflict Resolution Department. Prof Adam was not only an academic figure but he was an expert who has been undertaking this task for many years.
Hope revived; justice restored; merry was its way to come and misery was to leave sooner rather than later. As a law student, our hope and aspirations have come back again; our ambition seems real. Not only did he restored the hope of his people, but also Professor Adam restored the dignity of this beloved nation. During his short time in office, Prof Adam has attained tangible achievements.
Last, but not the least, Professor Adam Haji Ali, together we can excel; united we stand divided we fall – the point I am driving home is to support Prof Adam and get in touch with him. The Judicial members, advocates, Attorney General should work and cooperate with the talented professor. May Allah ease him for the work! Ameen.
Written in Somali by Farduz Mohammed Ahmed
Translated in English by Gulaid Dalha