Jama Qalib: The most influential Somali since independence dies in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI (SD) – Gen. Jama Mohamed Qalib died last night in Djibouti, were he was last few days for treatment.

Gen Jama Mohamed Qalib had a long history will be remembered for his accomplishments including but not limited to the following:

General Jama Mohamed Qalib, was born in 1933 in Dhoodi-gaban area of Sanaag region. He joined the Police in April 1955. From 1956 to 1957, he trained at the Sheikh Training Institute, then went on to train at the Metropolitan Police Training School, in the UK.

In May 1962, Jama Mohamed Qalib was appointed Head of Somali Intelligence and National Security. Jama Mohamed Qalib, was appointed Commander of the Somali Police Force in February, 1970.

Jama Mohamed Qalib held various posts during his tenure, including:

  1. Northern Regional Police Chief, 1960 – 1962.
  2. Head of Somali Intelligence and National Security, May 1962 – April 1966.
  3. Northern Regional Police Chief (Again), April 1966 – April 1969.
  4. Commander of the Somali Police Force, Feb. 1970 – Dec. 1974.
  5. Minister of the Interior, Dec. 1974 – Dec. 1976.
  6. Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Jan. 1977 – April 1978.
  7. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, April 1978 – Feb.1982.
  8. Minister of Transport, Feb. 1982 – May 1984.

After the collapse of Somalia’s central Government, he chaired the National Charter Preparatory Committee at the Arta Somali Reconciliation Conference in Djibouti in 2000. He also played a key role in the Somali Reconciliation Conference in Eldoret, Kenya.

The General was one of the Somalis who vehemently opposed to the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in 2006, and was a member of the Organization for the Re-Liberation of Somalia in Asmara, Eritrea.

In writing and archiving Somali history, Jama has authored six extra ordinary books: The Cost of Dictatorship (1995). Who is Terrorist? Written in 2005. Defending History written in 2005. Somali Phoenix in 2012. The Ogaden was written in 2014 and his last book, Somali History was written in 2020. He also wrote a number of topical op-eds.

Jama Mohamed Qalib, was a man of perseverance, self-discipline, self-taught, perhaps the most influential Somali in reason history.

May God have mercy on Jama Mohamed Qalib, he died In Djibouti last night in one of the holiest month in Islam, Ramadan.

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