The hypocrisy of the EPRDF and its surrogates! By Tibebe Samuel Ferenji

September 28th, 2011 Print Print Email Email

“Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty.” Raisa M. Gorbachev, the former first lady of the Soviet Union and Author said it right when she equates hypocrisy with evil, intolerance and cruelty. We see it clearly with the EPRDF and its merciless surrogates who are engaged in petty propaganda to discredit the opposition and those who are speaking out against the evil deeds of the regime in Ethiopia. Apparently, the EPRDF and its surrogates have forgotten that when they were at the receiving end, they were shouting about democracy, the absence of the rule of law and the human rights violation in Ethiopia. They screamed from the top of their lungs about unjust detention, political persecution, killings, and torture. They cried and run to Western embassies taking Amnesty international and Human Rights Watch reports with them. They spoke about freedom of speech, assembly, the press, and organization. They spread their propaganda and recruited youngsters in the name of freedom, justice, liberation, democracy and the rule of law. They were beating the drum in Africa, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America. Their supporters lobbied the US congress, European parliament and other congregations. They cried about Democracy, they sacrificed millions of people in the name of “justice, and freedom.”

When they took power in 1991, they told the world that in Ethiopia “Never Again” that the killing, detention and torture of innocent citizen will be repeated. They promised transparency, freedom, democracy and the reign of the rule of law. It did not take long for such promise to end up being an empty promise. The EPRDF dug the graves of thousands of Ethiopians massacred by brutal military junta and its agents to display the horrors of the Derg era. Today, it is the EPRDF that is burring innocent citizens in mass graves and hiding the skeletons of thousands of its victims.

When the military junta imprisoned, tortured and killed, its victims were labeled, as “Shiftas, Wonbedes, and Terrorists, and those who suffered from the nostalgia of yester years.” What changed today is the name of the party and individuals in Menlike Palace. Colonel Mengistu is replaced by another rebel Junta who is as brutal as the Colonel himself. The only other difference is Meles and his Surrogates are very good in propaganda war. Their surrogates are everywhere and do not miss the opportunity to undermine the opposition’s struggle and the struggle for freedom and democracy in Ethiopia.

What is ironic is that those who were talking about democracy, justice and the rule of law yesteryear are the one who are anti democracy, unjust, and above the law today. They were using Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reports when they were at the receiving end; today these human rights organizations are classified as enemies of the State.

In his September 22, 2010 appearance at Columbia University, once again Meles vowed not to repeat the brutality of the military regime. As he made that statement, his security forces were doing what they were doing best, imprisoning, abducting, torturing, and killing innocent citizens. More over, his surrogates were screaming on the streets of New York “viva Meles.” these delusional hypocrites see only what benefits them individually. They tell us that there is development in our country and we should shut up. They tell us that EPRDF is in the right path and we are nuisances who long the past rulers. The fact however is a lot different than the rosy picture that the EPRDF and its merciless surrogates are painting. It is true that roads, high rise buildings, schools, bridges, and clinics are built in Ethiopia. The fact that the EPRDF is building infrastructure with aids money in the country does not give it the right to violate human rights. Because there is a “plan” to build dam in the Nile, the EPRDF does not get the right to massacre our people. It is necessary to remind the EPRDF and its surrogates that Fascist Italian had built infrastructure during its five years occupation of Ethiopia. No one doubts that there was an enormous economic development during Nazi Germany; the Soviet Union was also in the development path when Joseph Stalin massacred innocent Soviet citizens by thousands; Chinas’ Mao Zedong also took China in development path while massacring thousands of Chinese citizens in the name of “cultural revolution.”

It is not surprising to read EPRDF’s surrogates comments and articles in various websites accusing decent Ethiopians as terrorists, chauvinists, and Dergists simply to distort facts and to undermine the struggle for freedom and democracy. As the Amharic saying “WESHA BEBELABET YECHOHAL” literally translated “A dog barks wherever it is fed.” The EPRDF kings and king makers, and their surrogates care less about the suffering of the people of Ethiopia. They care more about lining up their pockets and protecting their interest. Certainly, their interest is no longer the democracy, justice, and the rule of law that they claim that their comrades have died for. Today, journalists like Eskinder Nega, political activists and leaders are jailed simply for exercising their God given rights. This is what the Ethiopian Constitution permits. The EPRDF and its surrogates do not understand what is in the constitution; after all, they copied and pasted it in the “constitution” simply to please their Western bosses without understanding its ramifications. It is because they lack a clear understanding of what the true meaning of democracy that they display their ignorance in every website. For them, imprisoning journalists and political activists is a victory; however, it is clear for the rest of the world that it is a sign of their defeat. Because they can not compute with ideas, they use force to crash any dissent that threatens their power structure and expose their arrogance and ignorance. They are dwarfs before political giants; hence the only thing that they know is to use force like a petty neighborhood bully. Because they are unable to handle any true challenges, they distort facts; they lie, and engage in evil deeds to destroy those who challenge them. When their political impotence, and their incompetence to govern is about to be exposed, they create chaos, so they can have an excuse to kill and spill blood in the name of “national Security.”

What is amazing is when the EPRDF leaders crime was exposed by the Weakileak, the surrogates were quick to defend their bosses. The fact that this brutal regime exploded bombs in the middle of the city and killed innocent citizens did not bother them. The fact that Mr. Meles wants to destabilize Ethiopia intentionally unless the EPRDF continue to rule, as Mr. Yamamto stated, does not bother them. The fact Mr. Meles is putting the country’s national security at great risk by interfering in Somalia, Sudan, and failing to consult with Egyptian prior to building the Nile dam is no interest to them. For these hypocrites what is important is the perception of victory; for them victory is the detention, and the suffering of innocent citizens. It is a shame that these individuals are not learning from what they are seeing in the world stage today. Ben Ali and his surrogates felt that they were safe, they were wrong, Mubarak and his surrogates thought that they were safe, they were wrong; Gaddafi and his surrogates thought that they were safe, they were wrong; today, people like, Yemen’s Saleh, Syria’s Assad and their surrogates, Meles and his surrogates believe that they are safe; but history proves that they are wrong.
The people of Ethiopia are tired of this brutal regime. It does not matter the kind of rosy picture that the EPRDF and its surrogates are painting, the bloody and brutal picture of the dictator and its surrogates are displayed in public for the entire world to see. Yes! We will scream wherever we are; we will ask the Ethiopian people to rise up against this ‘Rebel Junta” that has been ruling the country with an iron fist the last 20 years. Yes, we will ask the opposition to organize a civil disobedience in the country. We are not asking for any one to die; we are not asking the poor children of Ethiopia to die for any one. What we are asking is for the children of Ethiopia to be tired of the government that is keeping them poor; what we are asking is for the people of Ethiopia to stand up for their rights, dignity, and liberty; what we are asking is the people of Ethiopia to exercise their God given rights to say Enough is Enough. We know that this brutal regime and its hypocrat surrogates have told us time an again that they will kill innocent citizens for exercising their God given rights. Ethiopians in Ethiopia have a choice, either to die a slow and brutal death at the hands of these brutes, or to fight for freedom and get rid of this evil regime that knows nothing but violence. No one, I mean No one, will bring freedom and liberty to the country except the people of Ethiopia. As Dr. Negasso said, God will not come from the Heavens to save the nation; it is up to the Ethiopian people.

Yesteryear, the EPRDF and its surrogates were calling on the people of Ethiopia, specially the youth to rise up against the military junta in the name of justice, democracy, and freedom. Despite the sacrifice, what we got is another brutal dictator who is a little shrewder than his predecessor. The call for freedom and justice is as valuable as it was in the past. Hence, we are forced once again to call on the Ethiopian people to rise up against the “Evil” that is strangling our nation. The Ethiopian people must rise up for true democratic change and for justice. The people of Ethiopia must say enough is enough to the EPRDF junta and its surrogates. Let us not allow them to saw the seed of discord among us. Let us unite for one purpose, and one purpose only, to free our people from these brutes who are enjoying life at the expense of the suffering of our people. Let us move beyond rhetoric to action. Let us say, ATENESAM WEY ATENESAM WEY- YEGEF AGEZAZ AYEBKAHEM WEY!

  1. Death to Woyannies
    | #1

    Amen to that! Is this the same Samuel Ferenji? Praise the Lord, finally you came to your senses. I believe, TPLF is the main problem in Ethiopia than EPRDF.

  2. Wolde Haile
    | #2

    The blind followers and supporters of the fascist and racist ethnic leader, aite Meles Zenawi are devoid of any capacity for reasoning and compassion. Most of them are pre-occupied with getting their share in the looting spree organised and led by their ethnic leader. The Four star or dollar cadre using the alias Getachew Mequanent is a typical example of Meles Zenawi`s ethnic cadres. This ethnic cadre and his likes are among the ones who worship their fascist leader and try to tell us that Meles is turning Ethiopia into a green pasture for all. They define economic development in terms of the amount of money they loot or get from their paymaster, Meles. I hope that the ethnic cadre Getachew Mequanent will not respond to this comment by using his usual tirad ” the Vocal Amhara Diaspora”. For aite Meles and his ethnic cadres,all who oppose fascism and racism in Ethiopia are the `vocal Amhara Diaspora”.

  3. Dawi
    | #3

    [[...failing to consult with Egyptian prior to building the Nile dam is no interest to them. ...]]

    Wait a minute~ am I hearing you right?

    Egypt has created many lakes with billions of cubic water out of Nile river. She has projects losing billions cubic water meters of water every year. The Aswan and other lakes are placed in deserts exposed to immense evaporation. All this without “consulting” non of the reparation countries.

    And you want the Meles Dictatorship to consult Egypt for building a Dam on Ethiopia’s river that supplies over 80 % of the water Egyptians not only use but abuse?

    By you writing such such nonsense makes everything else you say about the Dictatorship suspect.

  4. Alex
    | #4

    Dear writer it is good article.
    However, I have such a big big big question regarding ATNESAMOY(አትነሳሞይ መፈክር) When will we come out of this vicious-circle and puzzle we are trapped and entangled with and that has been becoming the modus-operandi of Ethiopian politics. Dear writer, from time to time the very understanding and conclusion that I happen to grasp in mind is that any society can not achieve its real sustainable freedom, dignity and justice through this ATNESAMOY(አትነሳሞይ መፈክር).Unless a society is making its own evolution in that it makes its own enlightenment and awakening based or rational thinking and consciousness raising I am afraid that the puzzle will never get unraveled.
    Unless a society is honest and responsible for all its actions and thoughts then this puzzle will never unravel. What I happen to understand from time to time is that most of our premises,understamding of existing realities and the responses we deliver as solution are all incoherent with the very existing realities at the ground. That is why we still say ATNESAMOY(አትነሳሞይ መፈክር).The same song and motto had been advanced during the fall of last Emperor and the fall of Derg regime as well.
    I am even very much laughing and surprised how it took as this all 20 solid years to understand about Ato Mleles and TPLF and naively and gullibly expect democracy from such thug. So many naïve and gullible Ethiopians intellectual had been blindly condemning the past Derg regime and praying for its fall as if the coming one is a saint from heaven. Here it is not to mean that I am supporting the Derg regime.
    The most surprising thing for me is that how comes we trust the swing from Derg to TPLF and EPLF? It has been really pity and nonsense that those naïve and gullible Ethiopian intellectuals expect a saint from the jungle of Dedebit that wears the banner of ethnically driven name called TPLF. When we Ethiopians as society, especially the one that is deemed as intellectual, happen to be honest and responsible for all our thoughts expectations and actions? While those honest and responsible guys like Abirham Yayeh already informed and warned us about the heinous nature of TPLF and gave him deaf ears then after 20 solid years we talk about democracy and human rights abuse about this same TPLF. Dear writer I am still pessimistic in that Ethiopia and its peoples will achieve their true emancipation with words like ATNESAMOY(አትነሳሞይ መፈክር).I do not understand when we will stop swinging like a pendulum from one extreme end to the other extreme end and also from the prevalent way of polarized thinking.We always expect to reap what we did not saw already.
    Still today we want to naively and gullible indulge in words like democracy that is inconsistent with the existing realities. The Ethiopian society is like a plebs of sheep surrounded and confused by wolves. Many of those naïve and gullible selfish stereotypical politicians who had been dancing around the silly music of democracy that had been composed and orchestrated by Ato Meles and TPLF when at some point started to understand that it would not sustain any more any longer are now again trying to demonized the same TPLF wearing another mask and banner of freedom and democracy fighter. Hey fellow Ethiopians democracy and freedom can not be as such simply installed overnight from top to down by simply toppling the then incumbent regimes in power. Unless we are guided by rational thinking and reason at a grass-root level we majority Ethiopians will never get true emancipation from the shackles of misery and oppression.አፄ ሃይለስላሴን ውሻ ውሻ እያለ ሲያዋርድና ሲሳደብ የነበረ ወጣት ትውልድ በደርግ ዘመን የገጠመውን ምን እንደሆነ ለማየት ችለናል፡፡ደርግንም እንደዚሁ አምባገነን ጦረኛ እያለ ሲያወግዝና የዲሞክራሲ ዘፈን ሲዘፍን የነበረ ትውልድ ዲሞክራሲ እንደ ህብስተመና ከሰማይ ይወርድለት የመሰለው ተመሳሳይ ትውልድ ዛሬ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ላይ ወደቀ፡፡
    ዛሬ ደግሞ የተለየ ተአምር ፈጥረው ዲሞክራሲን ከሰማይ እንደ ህብስተመና የሚያወርዱልን የሚመስሉን ብልጣብልጥ የዘመናችን ፖለቲከኞች ወደፊት ምን ይዘውልን እንደሚመጡ ብዙም ግልፅ አይደለም፡፡ንቃተ-ህሊናው በቅጡ ያልዳበረና በስሜትና በመፈክር ብቻ የሚመራ ህብረተሰብ ሁልጊዜ ነፃ እናወጣሃለን በሚሉ ብልጣብልጥ ሃይሎች ለዘመናት ሲታለል እንደኖረ ታሪክና ፈጣሪ ምስክር ናቸው፡፡
    ንቃተ-ህሊናው በቅጡ ያልዳበረ የዜግነት ሃላፊነት የማይሰማውና ያልዘራውን ለማጨድ የሚፈልግ ህብረተሰብና ትውልድ ምን ጊዜም እውነተኛ ነፃነትን ከቶ ሊያገኝ አይችልም፡፡እንዲያውም በዲሞክራሲ ስም ዘላለም በባርነት ውስጥ ሲዛብቅ ይኖራታል እንጂ የሚመኘውን ነገር አያገኝም፡፡
    When we will stop ATNESAMOY(አትነሳሞይ መፈክር)?When we will stop a decent job of awakening and enlightening our society at a grass-root level any time any where whether we are oppressed or not. When we will stop the motto of ATNESAMOY (አትነሳሞይ መፈክር) every time we happen to reach the climax of oppression and misery? We slip a deep comfortable one the rest of the times we think things are normal and by the time things change gradually the worst way and reach a certain climax where our very survival basis is at risk then we just wake up suddenly from our deep asleep and do what ever we think is right just emotionally and through mottos like ATNESAMOY (አትነሳሞይ መፈክር).We topple one regime and when things go the wrong way again we will do the same modus operandi.
    However every time slick politicians and powers take the power and always lead things the way it is suitable to advance their own interest and their masters who help them take the power. My question is when will a society get out of this vicious-circle and achieve its true emancipation? But one think that I happen to understand from time to time is that a society full of a plebs of sheep surrounded by wolves unless it gets its true shepherded then slick stereotypical master politicians and their naïve and gullible followers who sing democracy like a parrot shall never bring true and sustainable freedom and democracy to a certain society.
    I strongly support to topple the incumbent by any means possible and appropriate. But who comes next? Another Meles but with a different face???
    Does this modus-operandi of Ethiopian politics should continue in same trend? I trongly believe that those who sing the song of democracy today and demonize and condemn Ato MEles for not bringing democracy to Ethiopia are those who are prepared to bring about for another phase of disaster to this country. All those honest and innocent Ethiopian intellectuals who stayed for so long outside of the scene of Ethiopian politics join hands together and fight for TPLF as well as slick politicians who do not have a different aspiration other than toppling the incumbent and bringing another phase of misery to this poor country and its peoples. Let’s stop trusting, and relying on slick politicians who do not as such understand the realities of this complicated world in depth but who cheat us time and again just because they juts happen to monopolize the political scene stage and always talk freedom and democracy like a parrot.
    Let all innocent and honest intellectuals different from the domain of the normal way of politics join our hands and discuss and bring solution to this troubled country and its peoples. Most stereotypical politicians do not bring sustainable solution to any country.
    They have already failed and that is why the whole world is in such chaos.
    Let’s stop our beloved life and fate decide by such mere slick politicians who do not have heart to be loyal, respectful and loving their people except their own advantage.
    The whole political stage at this time is messy in that there are different forces behind every political party. And hence the ultimate solution is that the ordinary mass, especially the intellectual society has to stop the unwarranted indifference to Ethiopian politics. Whenever we think that politics is for others we are paving the way for stupid and slick politicians to take undeserved power to decide our fate.
    Therefore the Ethiopian politics and situation with its deep-rooted and multifaceted problems can not be as such solved by mere motto like ATNESAMOY(አትነሳሞይ መፈክር).Because the society is not very conscious and very clear about what to do and about what to come next it is indirectly giving slick politicians a silent treatment.
    Slick politicians are systematically planning to take advantage of the mass by simply saying ATNESAMOY (አትነሳሞይ መፈክር) to take power for their advantage.
    It is can be some how nonsense to say ATNESAMOY(አትነሳሞይ መፈክር) while there is no even a single credible united force that the mass can trust. The mass this time is only having trust on God and God alone. Ethiopia politics is so dirty, bizarre and untrustworthy. The usual known or known political parties have lost credibility from the society because they are so disorganized and incoherent and untrustworthy.
    Therefore that is why the mass, despite these all misery and oppression, keeps quite and stays passive. Most of the political parties are very confused and in turn want to confuse the mass. Their focus is mainly in removing the incumbent.
    ብዙዎቹ ብልጣብልጥና ተራ-ፖለቲከኞች ከስልጣናቸው ውጪ ለህዝብና ለሀገር የሚበጅ ዘላቂ መፍትሄ ለማምጣት አይችሉም፡፡ህዝብ በእነዚህ ብልጣብልጥና ተራ-ፖለቲከኞች ላይ እምነት እንዳያሳድርና አንዳይታለል፡፡ህዝብ የራሱን ንቃተ-ህሊና በይመለከተኛል ስሜት ሊያዳብር ይገባል፡፡በተለይም የተማረው ወጣቱ የህብረተሰብ ክፍል በአዲስ የፀዳ አእምሮ እየተመራ የሀገሩንና የዓለምን ተጨባጭ ሁኔታ በጥልቀትና በስፋት ከተለያዩ መረጃዎች እያነበበ እራሱን በእውቀት ማነፅ አለበት፡፡ንቃተ-ህሊናው ያልዳበረ ህብረተሰብ ዲሞክራሲን ነፃነትንና ፍትህን ከተራ ከፖለቲከኞች እንደ ስጦታ በገፀ-በረከትነት አገኛለሁኝ ብሎ ተስፋ እንዳያደርግ፡፡አሁን ባለው የኢትዮጵያ ተጨባጭ ሁኔታ ብዙ ምስቅልቅል ችግር እየፈጠሩ ያሉትም እነዚሁ ከኛ ወዲያ ላሳር የሚሉ ብልጣብልጥ ተራ ፖለቲከኞች ናቸው፡፡
    እነዚሁ ብልጣብልጥ ተራ ፖለቲከኞች ናቸው ላለፉት 20 ዓመታት የአቶ መለስንና የወያኔን የውሸት ዲሞክራሲ ግብዣ እውነተኛ ግብዣ እንደሆነ አስመስለው በመረዳት አብረው ሲያሽቃብጡ የነበሩና እንደ በቀቀን የዲሞክራሲ ነጠላ ዜማ እየለቀቁብን ሲያዘናጉን ቆይተው ሲያበቁ ለዚህ አሁን ለገባንበት ውጥንቅጥ ችግር የዳረጉን፡፡ እውነትና ንጋት እያደር እንዲሉ አሁን እውነታው ሲገለፅ ጥንቱንም አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ከደደቢት በረሃ ዲሞክራሲን ጭነው የሚመጡ አስመስለው እንዳልሳሉልን ይመስል ዛሬ ከዚህ ቅዠታቸው ሲባንኑ ደግሞ አቶ መለስን ዲሞክራሲ ያላሰፈነ እያሉ ሊወነጅሉ ይፈልጋሉ፡፡
    እነዚህ ተራ ፖለቲከኞች በዚህ የቅዠት አለም ውስጥ ስላሉ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ስልጣን ቢለቁ ደግሞ እንደዚሁ እውነተኛ ነፃነትና ዲሞክራሲ ወዲያውኑ ከሰማይ እንደ ዱብ እዳ እንደሚወርድ አድርገው እየሳሉ ዛሬም ይህንን የዋህ ህዝብ ሊያታልሉ ይፈልጋሉ፡፡የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብ ከምንም ነገር በላይ የሚፈልገው መልካም አስተዳደርን በሰላም በአንድነት በፍቅር በመስማማት እውነተኛ ልማት የሚያመጣለትንና ማንነቱን የሚቀበልና የሚያከብር ለሀገሩና ለህዝቡ እውነተኛ ፍቅርና አክብሮት ያለውን ቀናኢና እውነተኛ መሪ ብቻ ነው፡፡አበበ ወይንም ግደይ ወይንም በቀለ ወይንም ቶሎሳ ወይንም ኡባንግ ወይንም ጠንክር ስልጣን ላይ ቢወጣ ግድ የለውም፡፡ትክክለኛ እውነታው ይህ ነው፡፡
    አሁን የሚታው ቅጣ ያጣ የፖለቲካ ሀይሎች ፍጥጫና ትርምስ ዋነኛ አለማው በዋነኝነት ከግለሰባዊና ከቡድናዊ ስልጣንና ከጥቅም ጋር የተያያዘ ስለሆነ እንጂ ያን ያህል ለህዝብ ጥቅምና ፍላጎት ከመጨነቅ የመነጨ አይደለም፡፡ለህዝብና ለሀገር ያን ያህል የሚጨነቅ የፖለቲካ ሀይል ቢኖርማ ኖሮ የአሰብ ወደብ ከኢትዮጵያ ኢፍትሃዊ በሆነ መልክ ሲወሰድና ከዚያ በኋላ አቶ መለስና ወያኔ በፈጠሩት የማታለያና የማዘናጊያ የዲሞክራሲ ድግስ ላይ መሳተፍ አይገባም ነበር፡፡ምክንያቱም የሀገርን ብሄራዊ ጥቅም አሳልፎ ከሸጠ ሃይል ጋር ምን አይነት ቀጣይ ዲሞክራሲና ሰላማዊ የስልጣን ሽግግር የሚባል ነገር ይኖራል ተብሎ ይታሰባል፡፡ለዚህም ነው ብዙዎቹ ተራ ፖለቲከኞች ከግለሰባዊና ከቡድናዊ ስልጣንና ከጥቅም ውጪ ለሀገርና ለህዝብ ዘላቂ ጥቅም የሚያስብ አእምሮ የላቸውም ያልኩት፡፡ትናንት የሰሩትን ጥፋት ይረሱትና ግልብጥ ብለው ሌላ ጭንብል አጥልቀው በሌላ ስም ደግሞ በሌላ ጊዜ ተቆርቋሪ መስለው ይቀርባሉ፡፡የኢትዮጵያ ህዝብም አንድም ፊቱን ወደ ፈጣሪ ያዞረውና ለተራ ፖለቲከኞች ጆሮ ዳባ ልበስ ያለውና እምነት ያጣው ለዚህ ነው፡፡በእርግጥ ህዝብም እንደ ህዝብ የራሱ ብዙ ስህተቶች አንዳሉበት ለመካድ ግን አይቻልም፡፡
    ዞሮ ዞሮ ግን ሃሳቤን የማጠቃልለው የሚከለውን በማለት ነው፡፡ፀሃፊው አትነሳሞይ የሚል የተለመደ መፈክር እያሰማን ነው፡፡የአቶ መለስና የወያኔ ውሸታም መሰሬ ዘራፊ ዘረኛና ጨቋኝ መንግስት አገዛዝ ህዝብ እንዳንገፈገፈው የሚታወቅ ፀሀይ የሞቀው አለም ያወቀው ነገር ነው፡፡ነገር ግን ህዝብ ማንን ይመንና ለትግል ይነሳ?ከአቶ መለስ በተከታይ የሚመጣውስ ነገር ምን ይዞ እንደሚመጣ በምን እርግጠኛ ይሁን?ሀገሪቱ ሁልቆ መሳፍርት በሌላቸው ነፃ አውጪና ታጋይ ነን ባዮች ከተለያየ አቅጣጫ እንደ ብራና ተወጥራ ነው ያለችው፡፡ፅድቁ ቀርቶ በቅጡ በኮነነኝ እንዲሉ ብዙዎቹ የፖለቲካ ሀይሎች የየራሳቸውን የውስጥ ችግር ወደጎን ትተውና ህብረትና መስማማት ፈጥረው ሀገርን አንድ አድረገው አረጋግተው ለመምራት እንደሚችሉ በህዝብ ዘንድ ብዙም እምነት በሌላቸው ሁኔታ እንኳን ብዙዎቹ ዲሞክራሲን ልናሰፍን ነው የምንታገለው ሲሉ እንዴት ነው ሊታመኑ የሚችሉት?ነው ወይንስ እነዚህ ብዙዎቹ በውጪ ምእራብ ሀገራት ያሉ ተቃዋሚና ታጋይ ነን የሚሉ ሀይሎች ዲሞክራሲን በሳምሶናይት ከዚያ ጭነውልን ይሆንን የሚመጡት?የኢትዮጵያና የኢትዮጵያዊነት አንድነት ማንነት ደህንነትና ህልውናና ብሄራዊ ጥቅም ከምንጊዜውም በላይ በአሁኑ ወቅት እያጣጣሩ ያሉ ከፍተኛ የሆነ አደጋ ውስጥ ናቸው ያሉት፡፡ይህንን ከአደጋ መታደግ የሚችል ማንም ሃይል ስልጣን ላይ ቢወጣ ማንም ኢትዮጵያዊ ያን ያህል ግድ ያለው አይመስለኝም፡፡ደርግ ስልጣን ሊለቅ ሲል ባለበት ዋዜማና አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ስልጣን ላይ ሲወጡ የኢትዮጵያና የኢትዮጵያዊነት አንድነት ማንነት ደህንነትና ህልውናና ብሄራዊ ጥቅም አንድ ደረጃ ወደ ታች ሲወርድ ብዙዎቹ ተቃዋሚ ሀይሎች ያስቡና ያሰላስሉ የነበረው እንዴት አድርገው በሰላማዊ መንገድ በአቶ መለስ የዲሞክራሲ ስጦታ አማካኝኘት ስልጣን ላይ በአቋራጭ እንደሚወጡ ነበር፡፡ማለትም አቶ መለስና ወያኔ ምን ያህል አደገኛ ሃይሎች እንደሆኑ ማሰብ አልፈለጉም ነበር፡፡ታሪክ እራሱን ይደግማል እንዲሉ ዛሬም ይህንን የፖለቲካ ምህዳር የተቆጣጠሩት ሀይሎች የተለያየ ጭንብል እያጠለቁ በዲሞክራሲ ስም እያሰቡ ያሉት በተመሳሳይ ስሌት ነው፡፡ስለዚህም ዛሬም የኢትዮጵያና የኢትዮጵያዊነት አንድነት ማንነት ደህንነትና ህልውናና ብሄራዊ ጥቅም ከፍተኛ አደጋ ላይ ባለበት በአሁኑ ወቅት አሁንም የሚያስቡት ስለዚህ ስለመከረኛ ዲሞክራሲ ነው፡፡
    ስለዚህም አትነሳሞይ የሚል መፈክር ዘወትር ሲያሰሙ ህዝቡ ተነስቶ ወዴት አቅጣጫ አንዲሄድ የቱን አቅጣጫና መላ አስቀድመው አስቀምጠውለት ነው?አሁን ያለው የሀገሪቱ አጠቃላይ ሁኔታ እኮ በተራ የፖለቲካ ስሌት ብቻ ሊታይ የሚገባው አይደለም፡፡ለዚህም ነው ያለውን የመጨረሻ አማራጭ ተጠቅሞ ህዝቡ በየእምነቱ ዘወትር ለፈጣሪ ልመናውን እየተማፀነና እያቀረበ ያለው፡፡አብዛኞቹ የኢትዮጵያ የፖለቲካ ምሁራን ታሪካዊ የዜግነት ድርሻውን በአግባቡ ተወጥተዋል ለማለት እጅጉን ይከብደኛል፡፡
    ህዝብን እየመሩ ያሉትም የተለመዱ ተቃዋሚ ፖለቲከኞቻችንም እሳት የማጥፋት አይነት ስልት ነው እየተከተሉ ያሉት፡፡የኢትዮጵያ ፖለቲካ ደግሞ ከጥራዝ ነጠቅ ፖለቲካ ማለትም በውሸት ምርጫና በውሸት ዲሞክራሲ ላይ ብቻ ባተኮረ ከሚሽከረከር የፖለቲካ አስተሳሰብ እስካልተላቀቀ ድረስ ከገባበት አዙሪት መቼም ሊወጣ አይችልም፡፡ብዙዎቹ ፖለቲከኞቻችን ለዚህች ሀገር ያልችሁ የመጨረሻ ራእይ ምንድነው ተብለው ሲጠየቁ ምርጫና ዲሞክራሲ ከሆነ ምላሻቸው በመቀጥል ስልጣን ለመያዝ የሚመጡትም ሊሰጡን የሚችሉት የመጨረሻ መልካም ነገር ሰልፍ ተሰልፈን የምርጫ ካርድ እንድንወረውርና የተወሰነ እንድንለፈልፍ ከማድረግ ውጪ ከዚህ የዘለለ አይሆንም ማለት ነው፡፡
    ሀገርና ህዝብ እንደዚህ አይነት አስተሳሰብ ባላቸው ተራ ፖለቲከኞች ቅጥጥር ስር እስካለች ድረስ ደግሞ ሀገርና ህዝብ ዘላለም በድህነትና በጭቆና እየማቀቁ ከመኖር ሊወጡ አይችሉም ማት ነው፡፡
    ስለዚህም ቅስቀሳዎች በተራ ስሜት ላይ ብቻ የሚመሩና እረጎራው በማለት አትነሳሞይ ብቻ የሚሉ ሳይሆኑ ተነስተን ወዴት አቅጣጫ እንሂድ የሚለውን መሰረታዊ የህዝብ ጥያቄ መመለስ የሚችል ጭምር መሆን አለበት ማለት ነው፡፡
    When we will really stop being agitated and guided by such mere and emotionally driven mottos like አትነሳሞይ???
    Unless the Ethiopian politics is freed from the monopoly grip of slick, hypocritical and stereotypical agent politicians and transferred to bold, genuine and wise politicians who have due respect, love and loyalty to Ethiopia and its peoples then the motto “አትነሳሞይ” will never take us to the desired direction and destiny of the mass it aspires.
    Unless the Ethiopian politics is freed from the monopoly grip of slick, hypocritical and stereotypical agent politicians and supported by the active participation of enlightened and awakened mass and citizenry at a grass-root level then the motto “አትነሳሞይ” will never take us to the ultimate desired direction and destiny of the mass it aspires.
    And for the above two things to be effective it is my strong believe that there has to be a well organized, responsible and loyal think-tank intellectual civil society at a grass-root level that serves as a an intermediate medium to link the upper and lower class society and political system that is free from any sort of outside intervention and influence that has ample power to make a significant influence in the cultural, social, political, and economic sphere of this country.
    Otherwise under the name of liberation and democracy the political system will continue to be perpetually hijacked and manipulated by minority politician agents who advance hidden interests other than that of the interest of the mass.
    And hence Revolution will become perpetual revolving around the vicious-circle of toppling X by the motto “አትነሳሞይ” and then installing Y that are almost same nature except external appearance. And in this process of vicious-circle some minorities with a special interest group Y want to utilize the power of the mass by the motto “አትነሳሞይ” for their own interest in order to topple special interest group Y.
    This is what history tells us. That is one of the main reasons why the mass is very reluctant and suspicious to react to the motto “አትነሳሞይ” and keeps quite until things becomes clear what to do.
    Finally when I say slick politicians I do not directly mean the writer of this article!!!
    And I am saying all the above not with the direct intent of totally condemning the motto “አትነሳሞይ”!!!
    I am just saying possibilities and realities behind the motto “አትነሳሞይ”

    God bless Ethiopia and its peoples!!!

  5. T. Samuel
    | #5

    Dear Alex:
    You have said a lot but there is no substance in what you are saying. First of all, the people of Ethiopia have managed for thousands of years practicing democracy. Democracy is not a new concept, nor it is a Western idea. Our people managed their affairs in their community by electing elders and by sharing power. Even today, this is true in every community. In fact, dictatorship is more of a modern greedy concept than democracy. No one gives democratic rights nor do we expect democracy from the top. What we are fighting for is to get back what has been taken from the people. The people of Ethiopia are capable of electing their leaders. It is true that they never had the opportunity to elect their leaders in a national level, but they have practiced it and lived it in every local community. In fact compromise, power sharing, and dealings, have been our traditions. Please do not preach about history without understanding what history is. The people of Ethiopia always respected the elder leaders they have elected to lead them. I would like to remind you that Meles and company have been challenged but progressives prior and since taking power. No question that they are in power with the barrel of guns. However, through peaceful struggle, Meles and company have been forced to change their political discourse. the regime that was telling us that Ethiopia only had a 100 year history is now talking about 5000 year history; a regime that was telling is what is Axum for Guraghe, is now campaigning about Nile. The regime that degraded Ethiopian nationality and Ethiopian flag is now preaching about Ethiopian Nationality and waving the flag more than anyone else. It is because it is forced to change course now it is fighting to keep the statuesque; it is because it is challenged day in and day out, it has resorted to force and brutality. The people of Ethiopia never sat back. They fought hard, and they continue to fight. may I remind you the regime used its security force in Addis Ababa, Gonder, Showa, Wolayta, Somalia Region, Oromiya Region, Gambela, Harrar, to name a few. What do you think the people were protesting about? The people revolted time and again. The more visible defiance and resistance was after the 2005 election. The people of Ethiopia are protesting every day silently. It is true that we lack true leadership in the opposition camp; despite their short comings, however, every politician that opposes tyranny is a hero. You may call them slick politicians, for people of Ethiopia they are heroes who fought back and continue to fight back against all odds. You may have misunderstood what we have been fighting for against the Derg in the past and against the EPRDF today; it is not about changing g individuals, or parties, it is a system of government. The people may not elect the right leader, both they have the right to make that mistake. We want a system of government where the governed are governed with their consent. We want a system an institution that is democratic. The struggle is not and has never bee about Meles or EPRDF, it is about establishing democratic institutions. Yes it is from the grass root level that we need to say ATENSAM WEY. What we want is a collective resistance, and organized, collective and effective resistance, not individual resistance. You need to open your eyes and see what is going on in North Africa and the Middle East. It is because the people said ATENESAM WEY that they are successful in taking power from parasites that have been sucking their blood. What we are fighting for is for the people to determine their own destiny. Power to the people. That is what we want, not to an individual or one party. It is not about “slick Politicians” as you call them, it is about people, yes Mr. Alex it is about democracy and freedom. No one gives these to the people; the people achieve it through their struggle. I am sorry that you feel like you have to demonize those who have struggled for freedom. I honor them; because of their struggle, the country has been saved from disintegration. What do you think would have happened to the people of Amhara if Professor Asrat and his comrades did not stand up and fight the persecution against the Amharas? People like Dr. Taye fought for proper education policy; people like professor Mesfin fought for human rights. These are heroes and we owe them a great deal. Please learn, and think before you speak.

  6. Bikila
    | #6

    Please? I suppose one has at least not to contradict him/her self.The prose of yours seems to me emotional ‘አትነሳም ሆይ’.

    Dichotomies in Ethiopian political discourse and realities on the ground.

    Dichotomies first:
    1. The old Ethiopia vs. the new Ethiopia (after 1991). I bet many of us understand what the present day governing political party of Ethiopia is doing, i.e. trying to create a new Ethiopia (Renaissance project, I am not refereeing to the dam but the country). The concept of the new Ethiopia stands on premises that the historical record was flawed, its foundation not agreed upon and representation was not fair or dictatorial etc. To be noted, the new Ethiopia recognizes and accepts the territorial integrity based on the old Ethiopia except the ceding of Eritrea. If I may, the way the ruling party is trying to implement the new concept is the underlying cause for the political stalemate we are in, if any.

    2. Unitarists vs. federetionists based on ethnic or language boundaries. This dichotomy emanates from the first one and it presents our nation the most divisive and sensitive debates, confrontations and disagreements.

    The realities on the ground,

    1. Crumbling society and economy
    2. Diminishing political discourse among the elites but widening differences, possibly leading to another turmoil

    solutions:
    1. Understanding our goals, i.e. democratic and prosperous Ethiopia. Land of equality, opportunity and self actualization in any possible ways. This require us to leave behind the concept of the old Ethiopia to historians, libraries and museums and the society at large and come to terms with our diversity and going forward under the guide of universal ideologies. People from south to North and East to West can unite under ideologies not languages or ethnicity. Let parties align themselves on ideologies to unite people from all sorts of creeds, ethnic and language groups. The mindset of 1960′s & 70′s should retire and the concept of ‘Ubuntu’ should come to the driving seat!
    2. Economy, economy, economy, there is no simple way to come out of poverty and underdevelopment but hard work and intelligent policies both to encourage creativity locally and attract investment into the country.

    Finally, I think it is wise to debate, criticize and argue but we should learn to stick to civility.

    @Alex

  7. toto
    | #7

    EPRDF is a cover up name for the Tigre People Liberaton Front, to give itself a legitimacy to plunder and dismantle Ethiopia.

    All of the other so called liberation fronts or parties that make up the EPRDF are TPLF’s own creation. The TPLF dismiss or choose any body who is willing to serve as a TPLF stooge to run these organisations.

    I am surprised when people condemn EPRDF for this and that.

    Point your struggle against the Tigre People liberation Front who are tormenting our country, looting everything, murdering people, inciting inter ethnic violence, and starving people to death under the cover of natural disaster.

  8. Anonymous
    | #8

    The so called EPRDF are nothing but the properties of Meles and his boss Bereket Simon. The whole party had been for sale for the past 20 years or so and that includes to foreingers like the west and at the lowest price ever out of the whole continent of Africa.

  9. Dawi
    | #9

    [[...My question is when will a society get out of this vicious-circle and achieve its true emancipation?...]]

    Alex have answered his own question but if I may add some on top of that.

    If you look at other countries experiences, when a country is going through a soft civil war or internal tension as you said “Slick politicians” or “{Another Meles but with a different face???”

    want to take turns.In such situation, working with the devil we know which is the existing dictatorship can resolve this conflicts in a more definite way than anything else or even in democracies. Because under a democracy the minority can wait until the conditions are met for them to come to power and once they do, take revenge on the other group, thus escalating the conflict between the factions.

    However under a dictatorship, the ruler has total power and hence, there are no more power quotas to fight for anymore. The Latin America example of Venezuela where a long political instability ended by the Dictatorship of Juan Vicente Gomez 1908 and 1935.

    Among poor nations, there are studies conducted on this that shows political competition/democracy actually retards the developmental rate rather than improve. In other words, Dictatorship increased the rate of economic development while Democratic style system is a “Luxury” that hinders development.

    The other historic experience as we know is that richer, more educated and more equal countries are more likely to be democratic. Countries which once reached a level of development and social maturity will then seek to be liberated from the restrictions imposed by the dictatorship using from passive resistance to insurrection against the system; transitioning from dictatorship to democracy.

  10. aha!
    | #10

    Bikila has the indepth perception of the root cause to the humanitarian, political crises in Ethiopia, to day and what toto is alluding to eprdf being used as a cover for TPLF Politbeurro. When you compare TPLF/eprdf with (Tigrai-harena)/OPDM/Medrek/fdd/fdre, with ethnic agenda, one gets the description in terms of ethnic rule (minority or majority) minus autocratic rule which has never yet materialised, since it has not yet taken power. All these anomalies refer back to the constitution, not what the author blames eprdf for, as the operating system/the supreme law of the land and the subsequent laws that TPLF/eprdf regime uses to justify its incarceration of tens of thousands of Ethiopians in a concentration camps, as compared to the Derg regime, which outrightly kills Ethiopians without the judicial proceedings, which nevertheless equals or surpasses the Derg regime in Human right violations.

    It does not matter they promised when they came to power in 1991, the contentious point is that these government was formed with liberation movements, whose economic and political models based on the constitution of ethnic and seccessionist politics and/or policies with underlying totaliarinism that is built into the constitution, creating a havoc with the constitution TPLF crafted towards the disintegration process, rather than maintaining the original provinces in tact to form a federated states along with the secessionist right as the case was with the Eritrean province, and with their economic development model of “Developmental State theory/State capitalism in East Asian Style, run by TPLF and TPLF affilliated style with its underlying totaliarinism in tems of property ownership and Central /comand control economic planning and economy in the East Asian style with funding from the western democracies.

  11. aha!
    | #11

    Basiclally the prevailing constitution does not allow for capitalism and and democracy for silent majority of Ethiopians, let alone freedom and liberty of the individuals, while TPLF and TPLF affiliated enterprises have access to land and capital and foreign corporations have access to land as the means of production available in capitalistic and democratic societies of North America and Western Europe, funding Ethiopia in budget support, long term aids, and non-humanitarian aid.

  12. Mesfen
    | #12

    I want to say thank you very much for the writer, it is the time to rise up against the 21st century narrow minded arrogant dictatorial regime once for all.

  13. Lucy in America
    | #13

    DearTibebe samuel, it is good you come back to your mind and decided to stand by your counrty and your ppl against those idiotes weyanes who are living most of them with HIV and canncer. Your stand before made every bdoy crazy. same agames became the arab’s dog. Anyways, I hope you will re-correct “EPRDF” TPLF. TPLF is directly responsible for all crimes against our country and our ppl. even TPLF is responsible for HIV’s infection of almost all odds like addisu L, mesfin sey–, samoraw, kemal B, Bereket, tesfaye mengesha, and others, arkeb is bussy with his canncer treating. so thank God will end up soon with their stupidity and crimes against this greate nation. With meles , it is the matter of time. he is very sick, and lost his stupid credibelity from tegeres, that is why he is gathering eritreans arround him self.

  14. Anonymous
    | #14

    TPLF are using EPRDF as a scapegoat. It is a mystery why the writer failed to mention TPLF even once? I’m sorry but I’ve a hard time trusting Samuel Ferenji.

  15. aha!
    | #15

    Furthermore, there is no hypocracy about what TPLF/eprdf is doing/implementing, the constitution and the laws made subsequent to that to make make the regime appear following the law and the constitution, which an upper hand to charge any politician for treason and tresspass of the laws following it passed by non-independent pariament and to be adjucated by non-independent judiciary, what some observers in the past as the knagaroo court.

  16. Birtu/can
    | #16

    Alex:

    I have reservations to comments like yours because woyane stooges have opened up a highly sophisticated campaign to undermine the opposition while pretending to be supporters of the opposition. The adage “it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck,then it must be a duck” doesn’t necessarily work in this case. In other words, they speak our language, throw-in half-truths for good measure, sugarcoat their opinion to suit their purpose and wham! attack the opposition from a blind side. I am not sure if you fall in this category of smooth woyanes, but your bottom-line sounded like–until the people are awakened from the grass-roots level, leave Meles Zenawi alone. Your argument we failed twice–dergue and woyane–and the next one could turn out to be the same doesn’t hold water. My friend, there will not be a next time if Meles is allowed to rule 20 more years. And whoever replaces woyane can not be worst by any standard. Remember, Meles is hell bent to destroy Ethiopia; as they say the proof is in the pudding.So, we should work hard to topple Melese’s regime by any means necessary.(ATENESAM WEY included).

    There is no question the opposition leadership failed us big time. Just look at Mr.Samuel’s comparative observation about woyane’s journey to power and our struggle up to now. Woyane’s leadership was stacked up with high school drop outs and a few college fresh men. Woyane’s ragtag army succeeded in grabbing power and the Ethiopian people have been suffering ever since. Meanwhile, the opposition leadership stacked up with educated scholars (PhD’s, masters& bachelor degrees) can not find the cure to a disease called woyne for 20 years and counting. They lack vision and are constantly bickering with each other on daily basis. They refuse to work together giving woyane ample time to destroy mother Ethiopia. Sooner or later, they will overcome this problem.We hope, in time, they will come to their senses and lead us to victory. “The people are not ready for democracy” is a subtle message for Meles to stay in power indefinitely. And that kind of message can only come from woyane’s corner.

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  17. Bikila
    | #17

    If we envision the new Ethiopia as a land of opportunity and equality, democracy and peace, civility and tranquility, then we need to address issues of significant importance. That is bridge the dichotomies within the circles of the elites. It is not an exaggeration to say the elites of Ethiopia are behind every evil that country has faced and is facing. Coming to terms with the spirit of Ubuntu, humanity, we can align ourselves along ideas that unit us; let the liberal Oromos join with the liberal Amharahs and so does the conservatives or socialist or communist. Then we will address the problems of our economy, environments and assert our place in global affairs not as representative of the poor nation, to beg on behalf of the poor, but as equals to try to solve the global threats we face as humanity; terrorism, climate change or natural disasters.

    Let us also understand the rules of the game, the Ethiopia constitution, and in time we can amend, change or add onto some of the argumentative articles we have. I am not trying to mediate for middle ground, for such thing doesn’t exist in my understanding, but let us work toward leveled playing ground standing on the rough ground we have. It benefits no one to say let us build a house in the air, there is an oral (now written) legend about a queen called ‘Akkoo Manoyee’ in Oromo culture who ordered her subordinates to build her a house in the air. Her subordinates tried several times and they failed, finally a wise man told her subordinates to invite Akkoo Manoyee herself to put a corner stone, which she couldn’t against the law of gravity, thus accept a house on the ground.

    All problems of us lies in one group trying to build a new Ethiopia in a way it thought is wiser and another group trying to stop it or opposing the method being followed. I think we should all move beyond that.

    I personally hesitate to say that the people who are leading the country want to destroy the country and loot its resources, if that was the plan, they shouldn’t take that long time and waste all their energy and youth years just for looting. As some commenter’s are saying, these people are not in good health so when will they ‘enjoy’ the money they were looting for 20 long years? In my mind, staying on power for such long time is not a prestige but the opposite thus not attractive place to be. If one ask ‘what is the point?’ then it is not very hard to understand what I mean.

    Thus we really need an honest discourse, leave behind the old mentality and embrace brave, bold and new ideas.

    1. All I say is, this dichotomy is not helping, let us bridge it!
    2. The current course will not lead us to where we want to be simply because it has all sorts of caveats. If pushed further, we will end up in another turmoil, which will drag us backward again.
    3. Accept the rule of the game, who esle in his/her right mind set a rule for a game in its disadvantage? But push for level playing ground
    4. Get prepared for murky democracy, which will clean itself up in time and with wise guidance, no other way than democracy, nothing really!

    @aha!

  18. Alex
    | #18

    Dear Dawi How are you.
    I really agree with the concept of stabilized nation state where developmental state takes power and takes the nation gradually to come a stage where a society can take responsibility and accountability to decide its fate actively through democracy. By the way what I want to remind you is that let’s not get lost for words only and we have to also emphasize and check on the actual practically applied events in contrast to what is being theoretically claimed and preached. For example developmental state is not as such a new concept that is miraculously formulated and applied by Ato Meles only.If history has to be recalled let me remember that Colonel Mengistu killed his close colleague Atnafu Abate just because Atnafu Abate asserted that what is best for Ethiopia, and in fact for even for the whole Africa, is a Mixed-Economy.
    Mixed-Economy means where socialism and capitalism are designed to coexist peacefully and cooperatively in a certain nation state. However, this brilliant guys was mercilessly killed by the Mengistu just because he expressed and recommended this wonderful idea. Because, Mengistu that time was very naïve and gullible fanatic politician under the umbrella of only socialism illusion.
    However,what happened at the end of the fall of Derg was that Mixed economy was again raised retrieved from its thrown dust bin. For me developmental state means some how related to mixed economy on the economic side and on the political side it is a one party rule like that of previous derg ኢሰፓ.There is as such nothing new under the sun as King Solomon already said it.
    And hence if we seriously follow up the past history global political economy there is as such nothing new with developmental state as is claimed by Ato Meles.
    However, the very difficult situation arises from the very vital question that deserves the trustworthiness and the titles of being a developmental state? A developmental state has to be with a better past history and better track record to claim it self as developmental state. A developmental state has to be free of slick politicians and has to be controlled with a more of genuine nationalist, loyal, respectful and loving personalities who have such inherent values for their citizen, society and nation.
    A developmental state has to be more loving and respectful for the dignity of humanity in general. Unless we view politics and economics combined through political-economy then we can not talk about developmental state and a sustainable solution for our country and its peoples. Those most Ethiopian politicians in the current opposition camp who usually reiterate and preach democracy like a parrot usually forget the economic spectrum or economic aspect of a certain society. And when they usually talk about democracy and freedom, knowingly or unknowingly it is mainly misleadingly targeted at the political-right or political-power. However, political-rights and Economic-rights are inseparable entities that are two sides of the same coin. There is no such a thing in that this one comes first and that one comes next. Just because the word development catches the attention of the impoverished and famine stricken developing world like we Ethiopians, it does not just mean it is automatic for acceptance. That is how the slick Ato Meles and TPLF wants to get advantage of it under the disguise of developmental state. Whenever we talk and agree up on about a developmental state it is with the assumption or provided that certain a priori or in advance agreed up on political conditions are fulfilled and established. What sort of such a priori or in advance agreed up on political conditions are fulfilled and established by Ato Meles and TPLF? Prevalence of unwarranted Ethnocentrism and ethnicity? Killing of innocent civilians? Arresting innocent civilians under the mere pretext of terriorism? Respect love and loyalty for the diginity and integrity of Ethiopians ,Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopia? Nationalism feelings degeradation due to ethnicity? Or any national reconciliation to cool down the political turmoil and tension that is escalating from time to time?
    In fact to the contrary all the above negative demerits of Ato Meles and TPLF prevailing for the last 20 years can be deemed as a precondition or a priori or in advance agreed up on political conditions fulfilled and established by Ato Meles and TPLF to decree and claim self as a developmental state.
    Therefore existing realities determine which one to come first and which one to come next and which one to be sidelined for a certain time frame with regard to very necessary vital issues.
    Therefore, the claim of Ato Meles as developmental state, with regard to the interest of the mass, is very bizarre and ridiculous under the current conditions of such political turmoil. And under normal conditions, the current conditions of such political turmoil shall not abruptly or automatically end just after the fall of Ato Meles, if we take in to consideration the disorganized and disharmonized situations observed in the opposition camp.
    If we are really honest and responsible the problem of the current situation is very scary not only because of Ato Meles and TPLF but also more of due to the problem that arises from the inherent weakness and disorganization, disharmony of the opposition camp.
    Therefore, sidelining the economic aspect for a certain period of time, the political solution has to be given priority for a certain transitional period of time after the inevitable fall of Ato Meles and TPLF. As I said before the problem in this country and other similar 3rd world countries is mainly dues to slick agent politicians who are not loyal to the national interest of the society and the nation as a whole. Because such slick politicians create artificial havoc in order to take their share from the political process a certain period of political fight among different factions is inevitable before the essence of developmental state can be reliably realized in this country.
    Though theoretically I agree with the essence of developmental state, the very phrase is not as such very descriptive in itself to contain the very deep-rooted and multifaceted problems of this troubled and poor country. That is why I said let’s not simply stick and get lost only for a specific word like democracy or developmental state, or free-market economy or capitalism or socialism or what ever there exists terminology and understand the very deep-rooted and multifaceted problems and what is really going on not only locally but also globally. We need a paradigm shift and a holistic broad spectrum approach based on different perspectives. And when we do so we do not as such make unnecessary quarrel and disagreement based on terminologies. In my belief a single terminology can not as such fully express or address our deep-rooted and multifaceted problems we are entangled with as Ethiopians and as a human being in general. In my belief a single terminology can not as such fully express or address what is rally going on and the existing realities on the ground. Dear Dawi the concept of developmental state though good it is, but is just a one package that can be applicable provided that a certain a prior condition already exists in advance.
    In my little mind I have dreamt of my own package of ideas for my poor beloved country Ethiopia as follows.
    1) We at least have to come to a certain a priori common consensus in that the integrity, Identity and unity of the current Ethiopia and Ethiopiawinet has to maintain uncompromised at least for a certain period of time. This is very vital and reasonable thing even related to what is currently happening globally and what is happening in East Africa where a stateless Somalia exists and two Sudans realized after secession of South Sudan. Where this sort of balkanization in the horn of Africa does really leads us to if the addition of another balkanization that takes place in Ethiopia is realized? How is the current nature of global geopolitics and global political economy and its direct and indirect influence on the identity, integrity and unity of Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopia as an Ethiopian survival issue?
    2) For a certain period of time till a certain secessionist groups based on ethnicity come to their conscious and heart to realize existing realities, the issue of ethnic agenda can be and has to be handled through individual freedom and individual right as a human being and through the identity, integrity and unity of Ethiopiawinet and Ethiopia. Rather than testing the fulfillment of ethnic interest and agenda through the evil way of achieving secession why not it is tested the above way.እዚህ ላይ በሃይማኖት ሰዎች አንድ የሚነገር ትምህርት አለ፡፡እንደሚታወቀው ያሁኑ ክፉውና የተረገመው ሳጥናኤል ድሮ የነገደ መላእክት ሁሉ አለቃ ነበር ይባላል፡፡ታዲያ እንድ ወቅት ላይ ፈጣሪያቸው እግዚአብሄር ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ተሰወረባቸው ይባላል፡፡ይህንን አጋጣሚ ተጠቅሞ ሳጥናኤል ነገደ መላእክትን እኔ ነኝ የበላይ ፈጣሪያችሁ ሌላ ፈጣሪ የላችሁም ብሎ በፈጣሪው ላይ ያልተሳካ መፈንቅለ-መንግስት አደረገ ይባላል፡፡ታዲያ አንዳንዶቹ ነገደ መላእክት የሳጥናኤልና የዚህ ያልተሳካ መፈንቅለ-መንግስት እኩይ አስተሳሰብ ተባባሪና ደጋፊ ሲሆኑ ሚካኤልና ገብርኤል ግን እውነተኛው የቀድሞው ፈጣሪያችን እስኪገለጥን ድረስ ቢያንስ ባለንበት ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ፀንተን እንቆይ ብለው በሳጥናኤል ላይ በተቃውሞ አመፁ ይባላል፡፡ታዲያ ፈጣሪም በባህሪው ቀድሞውኑም ሊሻር የማይችል አልፋና ኦሜጋ ፈጣሪ ነውና ከፈጣሪነቱ ስለማይሻር ከተወሰነ ጊዜ በኋላ ተገለፀላቸው፡፡ ታዲያ ፈጣሪያችን እስከሚገለፅልንና እስከምናይ ድረስ ባለንበት እንፅና ብለው በእምነታቸው የፀኑት ሚካኤልና ገብርኤል የነገደ መላእክት አለቅነትን ስልጣን ሲቀዳጁ ሳጣናኤልና ተከታዮቹ ደግሞ አሁን ከፀጋና ከእምነት ወደ ወደቁበትና ወደተረገሙበት ሁኔታ እርግማን ውስጥ ገቡ ይባላል፡፡ይህንን ያነሳሁበት ዋና ምክንያት ጊዜና ሁኔታዎች እጅግ አስቸጋሪና ፈታኝ በሚሆኑበት ወቅት አጉል በከንቱ ከመወራጨትና የማይሆን ነገር ከማድረግ ይልቅ አንዳንድ ጊዜ ዋነኛ መፍትሄው ምናልባት በትእግስት ባሉበት ሁኔታ ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ተረጋግቶ መፅናት ሊሆን ይችላል ማለት ነው፡፡ስለዚህም የብሄርንና በተያያዥ ያለውን የመገንጠል ጉዳይ የሚያቀነቅኑ ሃይሎች ሁሉ እስኪ የተረጋጋችና የሰከነች ኢትዮጵያ ዳግም እስከምትመጣ ድረስ ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ታግሳችሁ ባላችሁበት ፅኑ ለማለት ነው፡፡የቆጡን አወርድ ብላ የብብቷን ጣለች እንደተባለው አተርፍ ባይ አጉዳይነት ሊመጣም ስለሚችል እዚህ ላይ ወደፊት ስለሚመጣው ነገር አርቆና አዙሮ ማሰብም ግድ ይላል ማለት ነው፡፡ስለዚህም መሰረታዊ የሆኑ ሰው በመሆናችን በተፈጥሮ የሚለገሱን የግለሰባዊ ነፃነቶችና መብቶች እንዲከበሩልን ሰው በመሆናችን ብቻ ከዘርና ከቋንቋ በፀዳ መልክ አንድ በሚያደርገንና ዘላለም በማይለወጠው በሰብዓዊነታችን ላይ ተመስርተን በየበኩላችን በጋራ እንታገል፡፡ይህንን ከላይ ያለውን መብት ደግሞ የበለጠ በተሻለ ተግባራዊ ለማድረግ ደግሞ አሁን በመሬት ላይ በተጨባጭ ያለውን ነባራዊ ሁኔታ ለማየትና ለማመን እውነትነቱ ድፍረቱና ብቃቱ ካለን በዘርና በቋንቋ ከተመሰረተው ማንነታችን በይበልጥ ይብዛም ይነስም ከፋም ለማም አሁን በተጨባጭ በመሬት ላይ ያለው ኢትዮጵያዊነታችን የበለጠ ሚዛን የሚደፋ ይመስለኛል፡፡እንደ ግለሰብ ልሳሳት እችላለሁኝ ነገር ግን ለጊዜው ጤናማ የሆነውና በቀና ልቦና ሊታሰብ የሚችለው ቀናው አካሄድ ግን ይህ ይመስለኛል፡፡እንደ እኔ አስተሳሰብና አመለካከት ከዚህ መንፈስ ውጪ ባፈነገጠ የሚሆነው ነገር ለዘለቄታው የሚበጅና ለመልካም የሚሆን ለመሆኑ በጣሙን እጠራጠራለሁኝ፡፡I do not understand how some opposition camps who advance the mentality of “Let’s first topple the incumbent common enemy without settling this critical issue and then we will settle it afterwards in the future.” failed to learn from past history. Though slick politicians dare to ignore it history remembers the political disparity and disarray at the eve of the fall of Emperor Haileselassie and also at the eve of the fall of same Derg and the tragic aftermath. How is the recent experience and history of TPLF, EPLF and OLF all that ends with Fs whose formation of temporary alliance to topple Derg ends with tragic aftermath that we witness as live today? Even though there can be negotiations and discussions, how ultimately a unitary view supporter camp temporarily unites with an ethnically driven secessionist camp just for the sake of toppling own country regime? This is what I can say it serving own personal anger or own self-prophesy that has no bright vision and long lasing ultimate destiny. That is why I asked how we can come out of this sort of vicious-circle that targets and aims mainly at toppling X and installing Y that happens every term based on the escalation of poverty, misery and oppression to the climax.

    3) There has to be a law that restricts the number of political parties like let’s say 3 to 5.What sort of politics and governance it is after all where such number of proliferation of political parties, that is even difficult to remember by name, like that is seen today that much worthy for the betterment of a certain society or nation? The very existence of such proliferation of political parties where in a country there is even a dominant party and dominant man that claims as developmental state. Is it not some how ridiculous and bizarre? Is it after all the very essence of democracy? And this is what I call fantasy and illusion and its undeserved indulgence about democracy in such country and in such society. And it reminds me the verse in bible in that every thing can be permitted but it can not be for ultimate good. And under the disguise of democracy such ridiculous and bizarre act of such political party proliferation has to be some how discouraged by law. So many politicians who just establish a new political party forget that democracy is not only a matter of whatever you want but also a matter of also what you take responsibility. And hence political parties have to be responsible for all acts and moves and hence also for ridiculous and bizarre acts that abuses the essence of democracy to the extent of prevalent disharmony, lack of solidarity and lack of order and discipline to existing realities and prominent and vital established systems and norms of a certain society or nation.
    4) A system of a certain social order has to be brought for dialogue discussion and common understanding so that it will be established and accepted to some reasonable degree of consensus by almost all political parties. While most of the political parties organize mainly under the banner of ethnicity or the banner of unity none of them are mainly established based of the ideology of which social order we will undertake or follow. For example fortunately or unfortunately Ethiopia has experienced both socialism and capitalism. Though both of them are imposed directly or indirectly by force, none of them are properly questioned, discussed and digested before approval based on rational thinking and scientific methods among different classes and parts of the society. When Derge came to power socialism was imposed just by mere indoctrination, emotional motto and compulsion. The same is true when TPLF came to power. And what will be the next? In my view it is such a very crucial and vital issue or agenda, both locally and globally, that all political forces and the intellectual society and others have to think over it again and again. Beyond the usual trend of mere political games really a thorough study, exploration and examination has to be carried out by a certain influential and intellectual think-tank group from different profession and aspects of life that have no real and immediate interest for political power or self interest. The current global political-economy has every thing to do with this sort of the nature of social order. It is an agenda and intricate issue related to the fate of humanity in general more than game of mere party politics for political power.
    5) Ethiopia has the necessary credible moral, legal and historical basis to reclaim and possess the ownership of port Asab. Therefore, this issue has to be reinvigorated again and has to come under any of credible and appropriate possible means. Therefore a prior peaceful negotiation with peace loving Eritrean peoples has to be immediately embarked on.

    6) Ato Meles, TPLF and other related close authorities, affiliates and followers have to be made accountable and judged under a free and fair judiciary system for all the crimes and plunders they have committed for the last 20 or more years. A certain commission has to be established to investigate and scrutinize all the wealth and economic sector they illegally and corruptly have accumulated and monopolized for the last 20 years. And all wealth and economic sector that is seized illegally and immorally has to be immediately and automatically nationalized and transferred to government to be run for the public service.

    7) Atrocities and revenge based on ethnicity has to be totally avoided from Ethiopia. The problem and stalemate mainly arises from our being human creature and not mainly from our ethnic identity. However, the primary inherent internal conflict and confusion with in our human individual nature or self manifests itself externally through various means of other conflicts based on other secondary identities like race religion and ideology. Therefore, the hatred has to be mainly targeted on those evil thoughts and actions that are against humanity and not on the very individual human being that advances those evil thoughts and actions. And hence the accountability, judgment, punishment, hatred and revenge have to be mainly targeted against those evil thoughts and actions so that they will not prevail again. When we mainly focus and talk about those evil thoughts and actions rather than the identity of the one who practices them, then without ethnic or other artificial differences or we realize it clearly and precisely that it is time that we all come together in solidarity to fight and achieve victory against our common evil enemy that exists in abstract rather than physical reality. Therefore, our fight is not only with Ato Meles and TPLF thug but also with blindly driven ethnic hatred.
    Our hatred and fight with Ato Meles and TPLF thug is not with their humanity but rather with their evil thoughts and evil acts. And what we have to punish and revenge is mainly their evil thoughts and evil acts. When we do so this, all supporters of evil acts and evil thoughts realize that it is time to depart from such forces of evil and then becomes alliances with forces of the goods.

    8) The sheer monopoly of the stage of political scene by the usual slick, hypocritical and stereotypical politicians has to be stooped. Our meaningful life and humanity should not continue being mainly controlled and maneuvered by such personalities. Therefore life and this whole world is by itself politics. There is politics at home, at office, at church, at business and every where. For me politics means interaction and the way of handling of different interactions!!! Therefore, we have to be part and parcel of it in our day to day walk of life and it is not something that others the so called politicians only decide it for us. And it is when we naively and reluctantly say the usual proverb “politics is for politicians” that others slick individuals utilize this ample opportunity that arises from our indifference and irresponsibility to grip power and then abuse, oppress, impoverish and decide our way life and fate. Therefore, the check and balance has to be not only implemented with in the structure of a certain governance structure at the top of the pyramid but also between that top governance and the governed mass at the base of the pyramid at a grass-root level. That is why representative democracy mainly implemented through mere elections every term does not work as such effectively without the active participation of an a priori awakened and enlightened civil society at the grass-root level that feels responsible and accountable. Unless we deeply understand the intricate nature of the social fabric of a certain country or nation then it is very difficult to bring a certain sustainable solution only through the mere usual collective words like freedom and democracy.

    Therefore we usually better use such forum for a decent and civilized way of intellectual discourse rather than a blindly emotionally driven hate mongering and sheer propaganda.

    God bless Ethiopia and its peoples!!!

  19. Birtu/can
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    Bikila:

    The global financial integrity report commissioned by the UNDP exposed the illegal transfer of funds, 8.4 billion dollars out of Ethiopia between 1990 and 2008.These funds were transferred to banks and offshore financial centers in western and far east countries.EFFORT woyane’s business empire is looting billions of birr right now. Your hesitation in this matter can be clarified with a little research.Woyane is in it for the money and power along destroying Ethiopia altogether.

    FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN ETHIOPIA!!!!

  20. Bikila
    | #20

    Birtue/can,

    I am fully aware of the report, I have read it. If not with data, but with my own observation as I grew up, I have witnessed corruption in every single sector in Ethiopia. I am disgusted by the depth and magnitude of corruption, nepotism, cronyism and blatant power abuse by many. Yet I am 29, which will definitely make me naive enough to assume what I am assuming I recognize. If greed and hunger for money and power is behind every single problem we as a country are facing, we should rise up to the challenge and take away at least the power from these people.

    It is only for the weak, who are not trained or brought up to earn their living that abuse and squander the power and privilege bestowed on them by the mere fact of assuming that office. If that is the case, we are in big, very big trouble. That is where my hesitation begins, I prefer at least for now until I understand or come to know the other angles, to stay away from focusing on lesser important issue. The main thing how can we make our country a better place to live, to work, and to enjoy?

    @Birtu/can

  21. aha!
    | #21

    I lost Bikila/bakela in the second round since he did not ground himself in the most contentious ideologies of ethnic federalism, secessionism with underlying totaliarinism, which he considers as the basis for “New Ethiopia”, which is in contradiction to ” Restore of Ethiopian Nationalism, and the Sovereignity of Ethiopia and its national interests along with the sovereignity of the individuals”, as the “Old Ethiopia”. I will accept if “old” connotes ancient, civilized and a great nation state. The “New Ethiopia need to be looked at from the bench mark of Ethiopian naitionalism, and the sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, because a democratic institutions, a party, and a government is formed only when the individuals are free from ethnic ansecessionist politics as well the ideology totaliarianism. This replaces ethnocratic rule, majority or minority ethnic rule as it has been in the past and is up to continue with the secenario with Ginbot 7 and the alliance with OLF and others in the armed struggle, if and only they succeed, if they can topple the current regime supported by the Army, the Federal Police and the security and Agazi forces, with armed forces on the opposition side not having merged over the goals for unity, territorial integrity and sovereignity of Ethiopia and Ethiopians, hinging on the constitutional frame work, that needs to be dismantled.

  22. Dawi
    | #22

    Greeting Alex,

    I agree with the “there is nothing under the sun” notion however, what made Developmental States arise in East Asia is in most cases the uprooting of traditional elites and “tradition” in general. That happened by the Japanese Colonization, invasion of Taiwan by Kuomintang, Chinese revolution, US Vietnam war and other shocks. These created high level of equality among societies at the beginning. Consequently, a political leadership committed to Development to catch up with the West took off from that foundation.

    We can say same with our own; “uprooting tradition” from the starting point of “land to the teller” to today’s Developmental State inspired Meles Dictatorship at the helm of power.

    As an opportunist who survived several turmoil, Meles didn’t create the theory but, has proven to be capable of adapting to new phenomena in a dime. The present Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) is exactly that.

    The developed countries have used the developmental state model to get to where they are now. From the UK and the US to France, Germany, Japan and the current giants like China, India, South Korea and Brazil, the developmental state was the main driver of their development.

    It is also important to realize that Meles has aligned himself with the donor community who are engaged in state building efforts to help “weak states” overcome poverty. That is why “opposition” cry is not heard by donors in general and even when they do, like the BBC recent expose, it won’t go anywhere because the Meles Machine is in tune with Donors.

    Supporters of Meles tell us that Ethio-GTP can be built in a democratic way unlike the East Asian success stories however, the 1997 election and the following debacle has proven otherwise.

    You are right, there is no single model of a Developmental State. As long as there is a firm commitment to transform the country it can be driven by nationalism (ex. Tigray Nationalism/Ethiopian nationalism), regional competition, socialist ideology or a combination of all.

    I say the Meles Dictatorship having Ethiopian Student Movement tradition that has “uprooted” tradition so to speak, with a communist orientation certainly qualifies to do the job.

  23. Bikila
    | #23

    @aha!
    I am fully aware of those issues my dear, though I am wondering why you put ‘bakela’next to my name. Call me Bikila, I have a beautiful name, which I like really. I only prefer to stick political positivism and opponent politics instead of opposition politics. We should engage in discourse and test our ideas ahead of opposing. Any way reach me at bekumsa@gmail.com for further discussion.

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