Re: Two prominent Ethiopians join popular opposition UDJP – Robele Ababya
This is the most exciting news I have been waiting for. What is so unique in this breakthrough is the public apology expressed by Dr. Negasso Gidada, which apology is one of the rarest cases, if any, in Ethiopian politics. His concern expressed for Birtukan Mideksa portraying her in so many words as a political prisoner was music to my ears when I heard him on the VOA Radio broadcast yesterday, Thursday, 27 November 2009. I sincerely respect and admire him for the exemplary and courageous stand he took.
Ato Seye Abraha said “Birtukan Yegnam nat” (Birtukan is ours too” at a gathering in Awassa to the delight and enthusiasm of participants expressed with deafening applause which I could hear on the radio.
The duo, Dr. Gidada and Ato Seye, will greatly contribute to the progress of democracy in Ethiopia. The grand example that they have set will be glorified in the annals of Ethiopian history. One would be tempted to wish that Meles could emulate the example for it is in his power to change the political landscape with a stroke of a pen for the better.
Indeed, the UDJP is a national political entity standing for the rights of the individual regardless of creed and ethnic origin embracing all its members under this principle.
Yes, all genuine democrats are principle-bound set aside their minor political difference for the time being in order to ensure that there shall be zero tolerance for regimes that keep political prisoners in our motherland, Ethiopia.
The hallmark of democratic states is that they do not hold political prisoners.