The Ethiopian Diaspora’s Clashing Viewpoints on the Mounting Economic and Political Agonies of Ethiopia-By Maru Gubena

December 18th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

Many of us – particularly the political activists of the Ethiopian Diaspora – are firmly convinced that the basis for Ethiopia’s everlasting, multiple and mounting economic problems and the political repression by successive regimes lies exclusively with bad leadership and bad policy/governance. Other Ethiopians, however, attribute the prolonged agonies facing Ethiopians, including their longstanding dependence upon foreign handouts, to a collective conspiracy of outside powers, working through the provision of immeasurable financial and military assistance to our repressive and divisive regimes. This is thought to be a direct retaliation for the gallant resistance to European colonial powers and their defeat by the early Ethiopian nationalists during the scramble for Africa in the closing years of the 19th century, when Ethiopia was the only African country to maintain its political and territorial independence. A similar account has also been provided by a few members of the Ethiopian Diaspora community in response to questions about why Ethiopian Diaspora political activists have remained unable to effectively expose and weaken, perhaps even to defeat, the tyrannical regime of Meles Zenawi, despite having the necessary tools, including economic resources, educational backgrounds, political vision and extensive work and life experience. They see their inability to weaken, if not defeat, the Meles regime in the political and money powers of the regime itself: that is, the regime as the primary, undisputed role player in their divisions and the source of the eventual failure of the entire resistance, achieved by using its money power and political agents, mixed among the Diaspora’s political community members of the opposition.

Understandably, one might wonder which among these three categories of thought I support. The answer is that though I tend to agree somewhat with the first, I believe in none of them: in fact we Ethiopians both are the causes and are, or can be, the solutions. The reason Ethiopia is still unable to free herself from the entangled chains of economic poverty and from the yoke of political repression is that from time to time we Ethiopians often lend support to a given regime or political group, however cruel and ugly it may be, if it has the required political and economic power – so long as the regime or a political group belongs to us and we can share in and enjoy the fruits of its inhumanity and corruption.

Maru Gubena
Readers who wish to contact the author can reach me at info@pada.nl

  1. Ababilawa
    | #1

    I have never seen or at least has never been in the open any, I mean any positive vision in the guys so called diaspra. What I see is very different. You are hate mongers, divisive, unwilling to be engaged in positive dialogue, But most of all, you diaspora are never found deffending your coutry as any citizen should do. You side with proven enemies of the country as long as you think it could hurt the exixting Government. Hence, you never have any political vition. OR in other words, you guys are totaly blind with no hope of treatment for you disease, that is hate!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous
    | #2

    Dr Maru is afraid to say what we all say in the back door that is because of the TPLF/EPLF almost all tigians are supporting the repressive government . Another example is this when the military junta was in power, all the army from the simple solider to the general felt they were rulers and one can not talk about that barbaric regime . If one daringly tries, the luckist ones will be imprisoned and the unlucky one got killed on the spot . That was then . Now one hardly crticizes and talks about the TPLF/EPLF cruelity in the presence of tigrigna speakers because they easily get ofended . There is one more . I met this guy and said selam and he said akam . And I said Amarigna atichilem and he said afan Oromifa endubektu? I said I do speak but I am not fluent . This guy said he graduated from Haile silasie I university majoring Amharic . Finally, we get common ground and talked a little bit about the TPLF/EPLF government . Waht was amazing was our conversation didn’t go that far because I asked the guy how OLF was doing? He got very upset and he said OLF is the next ruler . What is the moral of the story? Whether we benefit or not we Ethiopians have the habit of supporting one group unreasonably . What I don’t agree with Dr Maru is that we never share a dime from the repressive regime, but we blindly support it because no one openly tells us the right from the wrong . Besides, we always believe that our group is right and fight for it .Look at the “CUD” and where is it now? I think I read my mind too much and this is enough for now . I want to thank Dr Maru for your article years back titled ” mother Kinijit is dead .”

  3. Iphigenia Mukanta
    | #3

    Though interesting presentation, the article is extremely short which is unknown from the author.

  4. Maru Gubena
    | #4

    Selam, selam Anonymous and all!

    Thank you for your critically important comments and kindly worded statements. Thank you, especially for reminding me one of my articles, “Holding Back Sobbing Children at their Mother’s Untimely Death and Not Explaining what Happened is both Wrong and Unfair”.

    As can be seen, the article with the above title was written and published in late summer 2006, when both the actual climate in the western world and the political temperature within the Ethiopian Diaspora community were too hot, either to engage in the much desired work or to interact positively and freely with our politically active Diaspora compatriots. Consequently, even though the issues discussed in this article are educational (and remain current), it was not widely published when it was originally written and did not receive the attention the paper deserves. Now, as more opportunities seem to have been created, I feel fortunate to be able to once again present this historically important article to my readers.

    The same is true to my other article, The Clash of Generations, published in mid December 2006. Presumably, the article, The Clash of Generations might be interesting to Anonymous, and hopefully, to others as well. I would therefore be glad to know your views.

    Finally, my unreserved thanks to Abugidainfo.com, for providing me the unrestricted space/access and limitless opportunities to publish my articles whenever my mood, energy and time allow me to produce one.

    Maru Gubena

  5. Maru Gubena
    | #5

    Selam, selam Anonymous and all!

    Thank you for your critically important comments and kindly worded statements. Thank you, especially for reminding me one of my articles, “Holding Back Sobbing Children at their Mother’s Untimely Death and Not Explaining what Happened is both Wrong and Unfair,” http://www.sudantribune.com/Ethiopia-s-Kinijit-Diaspora,17433

    As can be seen, the article with the above title was written and published in late summer 2006, when both the actual climate in the western world and the political temperature within the Ethiopian Diaspora community were too hot, either to engage in the much desired work or to interact positively and freely with our politically active Diaspora compatriots. Consequently, even though the issues discussed in this article are educational (and remain current), it was not widely published when it was originally written and did not receive the attention the paper deserves. Now, as more opportunities seem to have been created, I feel fortunate to be able to once again present this historically important article to my readers.

    The same is true to my other article, The Clash of Generations, http://www.sudantribune.com/Ethiopia-s-most-tragic-nightmarish,19306 published in mid December 2006. Presumably, the article, The Clash of Generations might be interesting to Anonymous, and hopefully, to others as well. I would therefore be glad to know your views.

    Finally, my unreserved thanks to Abugidainfo.com, for providing me the unrestricted space/access and limitless opportunities to publish my articles whenever my mood, energy and time allow me to produce one.

    Maru Gubena

  6. WAKA
    | #6

    anonymous your justification to support this repressive regime with out looking left right and your thoughts about kinijet only shows that you are short sighted individual,and very simple question for you is who killed 200 Ethiopians on the streets of addis is not the one who thinks it has killed the kinijet spirit?by putting 30000 thousand Ethiopian youths and used the same razor to cut their hairs purposely to distribut disseases as part of killing the peoples uprise which is now in millions and millions waiting for the right moment for the next action.You might be fearful of empty propaganda or ego centric to think brighter for the
    well being of the nation (like a donkey said ene kemotku serdo aybekel)all the comments are cos you wrote you dont get a dime from the shifta
    group like many of their supporters and sympetheisers denies the truth in a daily basis even it is not other with the woyanne appointed abuna
    aba g/medhin.

  7. Kemalyy
    | #7

    The author forgot to mention the third point, the prolonged agonies facing Ethiopians are, how about the misguided political activities who think they know the problem of Ethiopia and Ethiopians but they opposes Everything Ethiopian including the interest of Ethiopia as long as it came from the government of Ethiopia from the present or the previous governments. how about opposes the bad one and appreciation the good one, Ethiopian peoples already learn to call wrong by it right name, but the so called opposition way behind to understand this simple facts.. they need to call wrong by it right name…Hell with them

  8. What
    | #8

    What do you expect when you put a beggar in power..or rather, when a beggar banda takes power?

    To Ababilawa, if you’re not in the “diaspora” then I assume you are in Ethiopia. If you are in Ethiopia chances are you are eating and drinking off what’s being sent to your ass from the “diaspora.” Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

  9. Anonymous
    | #9

    Ababilawa,

    አላየህም እንዴ ዳንኤል ዮሃንስ የገንዘብ አገሩን አሜሪካን እንዴት አድርጎ እንደሚከላከልላት? ለዚህ ተግባሩም አመሪካ ታመሰግነዋለች
    እናት አገሩን ኢትዮጵያን ሊከላከልላት ቢሞክር ኖሮ ግን የእናት አገሩ looters ስሙን በማጥፋትና በማስጠፋት መግቢያ-መውጫውን እንደሚያሳጡት ስለሚያውቀው “እነ’እሱ” ብሎት አለፈው! ስለሆነም ወቀሳው ውጭ ላለነው ሳይሆን በቅድሚያ እውስጥ ለሚገኙት ዘራፊዎች አቅርበው!

  10. Idiot dictator
    | #10

    No offense to the opinion of the writer but small or narrow mind people think Ethiopia’s problem lies only within Ethiopia. Others believe the country’s problems come from foreign aggressors. The wisest minds know that our country’s problems come from both outside and inside forces. There is no consiracy or whatsoever on this matter. It is real. This writer wants us to believe it is only either from outside or inside. There is no one choice in it Mr.Gubena. It is obvious. Actually to believe that diaspora Ethiopians are the problem is even more absurd and not a practical reason.

  11. kush-kush
    | #11

    No # 2 comment was written by me and when I submitted, my precious, beautiful, sometimes makes some uncomfortale name disappeared . A short time later, I saw my comment was by anonymous and I was very upset about it . Please post my priceless, and funny name next #2 comment if it is possible . Other wise don,t bother . Selam Tena Yistigne .

  12. Ethiopian Jew
    | #12

    The three reasons described above are not the main cause of Ethiopia’s ecnomic or political problem but the lack of education and collective political culture of the Ethiopian people as a whole. Here is why I rejected the above three reasons articulated by different people as Dr. Maru had put it in a netshell:(1) BLAMING SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENT is one of the worest political opinion that Ethiopians adept where such political cultur is not common in any of the civilized world. By “BLAMING” the past, you can not bring change unless you show “BETTER RESULT” in the work of the present. But the present is not (and should not be)without the past specially to continue building what was started from the past. As a result such ploitical culture, each successive governments nullify the past and start their own version of law or ploicy as seen from Haile Selassie to Col. Mengistu and to Azeb Gola aka Azeb Mesfin. Col. Mengistu’s regime completely declared the consttitution and formed his own just as much as Weyane did the same. No ethiopian successive governments build from what was already established. See for example, the constitution of the U.S. Constitution which was amended 27 times in more than 200 years. In view of this, we should hold reponsible ourseleves for not building from what was stared instead of accusing every predecessers that had passed with time and history. This in turn bring upfront our hidden weakness and shame, namely being “uneducated” as well as the belief of power ONLY by force, which is also another example of uneducated/uncivilized
    “person/personality” and culture. (2) The second reason people propound as an exampelery of Ethiopia’s problem is foreign involvement and conspiracy on Ethiopia’s interest. Reasoning this some also alleged that such conspiracy against Ethiopia is because Ethiopia had humiliated the European white race(the Italians).This has little merit on Ethiopia’s current problem even though Italians defeat was undeniable fact. Ethiopia receieved substantial foreign aid from her former enemies be it from Italy or that ally with her during W.W II – Japan. Why then, only in the ETHIOPIN mind ONLY such recollection of bitterness persist while we do not see such political culture from Japan against America, Austria against Germany and….the like. The true conspiracy of all, to state it clearly, is not much outside Ethiopia but within Ethiopia against Ethiopia itself. True or false? Who partitioned Eriteria from Ethiopia? who sold the Western part of Gonder to Sudan and who annexed Wolqayet, Tsegede, Setit Humera to Tigray just as much as such same act was commited on Eastern Wollo?. (3) The third point mentioned as Ethiopia’s economic and political problem was the Diaspora’s WEAKNESS and failure to cause change in Ethiopia. It is true that the weakness and failur of the Ethiopian dispora, wherever they live, are less effective and should not be expected to act better, because the battle field is and the actors (then KENEJET or what other name it may have come with later)reside in Ethiopia where success or failure can be measured. Therefor, the Ethiopian diaspora in practical term, can not be more than the source of finance for those who struggle in the home front and no more. Sadly enough, the diasporas’ effort in raising fund for the just cause had ended feeding the family of dogs such as Mesfin Woldemariam who denied the very existance of ethnic Amhara within the Ethiopian social fabric.

  13. teodros kiros
    | #13

    What we need now is crystal clear, and I simply cannot emphasize more, diaspora Ethiopians must unite, under a single umbrella, Ethiopianity; I wish to invite Dr. Berhanu himself to join us.

    United, we will never defeated; divided, we will all die in exile, without saving Ethiopia, from the venom of Ethnocracy.

  14. teodros kiros
    | #14

    What we need now is crystal clear, and I simply cannot emphasize more, diaspora Ethiopians must unite, under a single umbrella, Ethiopianity; I wish to invite Dr. Berhanu himself to join us.

    United, we will never be defeated; divided, we will all die in exile, without saving Ethiopia, from the venom of Ethnocracy.

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