We are in a sort of stalemate: what can you do? By a patriotic Ethiopian

October 2nd, 2011 Print Print Email Email

I believe enough has been said about the thugs ruling Ethiopia in the name of a government. In brief, they have helped part of the country to split from the rest, have made the country land-locked, divided the country along ethnic line to facilitate disintegration, given its land belongings to its neighbor, leased fertile lands to foreigners against the will of the people, plundered the meager resources of the country for personal wealth accumulation, and established the rule of absolute dictatorship and terror, among many others things. Nowhere else in the world such abnormal actions have been taken consistently by any ruling group of a country. The abuse of power and treasonous acts of the Ethiopian thugs are not only known by the Ethiopian people, they are also well recognized by the international community.

After two decades of bitter experience, most Ethiopians in the Diaspora are not at this time that surprised by what the thugs in Addis are doing to their motherland and people. They dismiss the problem simply as being the nature of the beast. What frustrates them more is rather the lack of concerted reactions of the opposition groups to the crimes committed by the thuggish regime. Without such reactions, it is unimaginable the regime will be weakened and stop its criminal acts. Contrary to expectations, most of the reactions of the opposition seem to be directed towards each other in a very destructive manner. They seem to team-up in groups, as football players in a wide field without a referee, to antagonize each other. Accordingly, I have categorized the present Ethiopian opposition in the Diaspora into five major groups.

1. Those who realize well the problem of divided efforts and work hard towards unity among Ethiopians to fight against the thugs in power. Examples include EPRP-D, Solidarity movement for a New Ethiopia (SNME), Andinet (UDJ)

2. Those who do not consider themselves as Ethiopians and reject any form of united action against the regime in the name of Ethiopia. Examples include OLF, ONLF.

3. Those who prefer to work with groups who do not consider themselves as Ethiopians, but rather antiEthiopia. Examples include Ginbot 7 and individuals like Dr. Getachew Begashaw.

4. Those who consider themselves as the only legitimate opposition group who can defend the interest of the Ethiopian people. The only known example is EPRP.

5. Those who consider that any group incorporating individuals above a certain age (may be over 50 years of age, whatever the criteria is) is part of the problem that cannot be trusted to bring change in Ethiopia. A well known example is the Ethiopian Youth National Movement (EYNM) established recently.

It is important to realize that the opposition is divided into some sort of the above categories. Given the Ethiopian reality, in most cases, this is an unnecessary. All of the groups listed strongly express their desire to remove the regime in Addis from power. However, most of them are unable to work together due to either minor differences or for absolutely wrong reasons. Major factors contributing to this unwise and unproductive scenario are the lack democracy and leadership competency within some of the opposition groups. Some political organizations are known to be controlled by dictators in leadership positions who are more interested in holding power rather than serving the interests of their members, the people they are claiming to represent or the country as a whole. These, through their influence, deprive freedom of expression to their own group members and supporters. Due to lack of competency, in most cases in these organizations, decisions are made haphazardly without appropriate background knowledge and understanding their consequences. These situations have placed most of the opposition parties in vicious cycles of stagnation and incompetency, in the meantime, building a wall of negativity and suspicion among each other. Thus, the irrational impulse ‘my way or the highway’ has become the norm rather that the exception. What can be done under this situation? How long can this be allowed to continue?

The majority of Ethiopians, including those who are supporters of opposition organizations of one kind or another, want their country to be democratic, peaceful and prosperous. So far, this dream of theirs has not been realized or not even close to be realized. More than sufficient time has elapsed waiting for this to happen. It is now time to ask why this is not happening. It is time to challenge constructively and boldly the leaderships and even the entire organizations to produce the long-awaited result without further delays. If this is not possible, it is time to consider organizational overhaul or shift of alignment and loyalty based on assessment of the individual organization’s track records and program policy. After all, the ultimate priority is the well-being of Ethiopia and its people, not the individual political organizations. Political organizations are only tools for achieving the former.

Always demand what is expected by the Ethiopian people!
Stop supporting groups blindly!
Stop opposing groups blindly!
Get ready to contribute your share and sacrifice!
Take control of your country!

God bless Ethiopia.

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