Ethiopia on the right path. By Yilma Bekele

January 22nd, 2016 Print Print Email Email

In a matter of weeks the progressive forces have achieved a lot in the pursuit of freedom in Ethiopia. So many individuals, Political Organization, Civic associations, religious leaders worked so hard and for so long to teach, raise conciseness and ultimately empower our people to demand freedom and democracy and to say no to tyranny. The little victories achieved came due to the works of all patriotic Ethiopians that have managed to give life, family, time, money and expertise to this noble fight.

All Ethiopians should feel proud of the accomplishments our people have managed to snatch out of Woyanes jaw. The protest by our Oromo family is a welcome addition to our arsenal of weapons against the mafia regime. We should all be proud of what is being achieved by the young educated Ethiopians in the Oromia Region and their fellow citizens that stood with them. Our young people engaged the ruthless regime gallantly and forced the TPLF to buckle down and announce the halting of the ‘land grab project’ for a time being some claim. One small achievement was paid by the life of our children.

It is only a few months back when Patriotic Ginbot7 Chairman was invited to speak in a EU organized hearing. Some Woyane financed and controlled fake media like EBC, Awramba Times, Horn Affairs and a collection of bloggers were out in force sneering and belittling the whole effort. The EU today passed a very over reaching resolution calling on the mafia regime to respect Human Rights and answer to the murder of our young students and their family. This is one small victory we have achieved today.

It is not long ago when Woyane was striking at each one of us separately and scoring victories and warning the others not to try anything. The ‘master Plan’ of naked land grab right under our nose changed the equation. We all felt the cry of our Oromo family and did not just sit back and watch like we have done before. That is what is different today. This time around we all felt the pain. We stood together as Ethiopians. I call this a big victory against the Kilil mentality the TPLF regime has cultivated for a long time. We have smashed another fake wall Woyane built to keep us apart. I put this as another victory against ethnic based philosophy.

The regime is trying to calm its supporters by pretending the “Oromo Uprising” has been squashed. The current theme by all their media is to show all is back to normal and EPDRF is healthy. There is never mention of TPLF the ringmaster. They are using every media to deny the tense and volatile situation in the country. Face book reaches such a minuscule number and even that they have an army of bloggers, paid cadres dedicated to inundating social media with posts and comments. ESAT and OMN are taking the truth to peoples homes. TPLF is spending millions trying to block ESAT and OMN and our smart Media Heads have checkmated Woyane and won. The Mafia regime today is using good old violence to tackle the problem. The TPLF regime is sending troops to remove dishes from roofs.

The Oromo demand for true freedom and equality is continuing unabated in all parts of the country. Road closings are making an impact. The Universities are closed and plenty of the young people have been taken away emptying towns and villages. Commerce is suffering. The people are also sharpening their methods of confronting the TPLF mafia including viewing TPLF/EFFORT owned and run businesses as fair targets. Selam Bus is fast coming in the crosshairs of our militants as recently seen in Nekempt. I record this as a qualitative increment of people power.

Targeting the regimes economic interest is not something new. All liberation movements practiced such actions and are considered a matter of self-defense. What is becoming obvious in Ethiopia is that the struggle is entering a new phase. The South Africans invented what was called ‘Necklacing’ where Apartheid agents when caught had tire forced down their shoulder filled with petrol and set on fire. They called it people’s justice.

Where are we at now? Is it true the question has been laid to rest and all is well in Woyane land? Is the attempt by the mafia regime to pretend the issue is behind us a correct interpretation of reality? Not so fast Dear Woyane is what the progressive forces are saying. The situation as reported both by ESAT and OMN paint a different picture. Oromia is under Military rule and the people have not stopped demanding justice. How could they go back quietly after their children have been killed, their learning institutions being destroyed and their loved ones taken to prison without being charged?

We got news for you Abay Tsehaye and the little gang around him – we are not done yet. In fact we have not even began to fight. We have a few questions we want answered.
1) Who ordered armed troops into our towns and villages?
2) Who gave the order to shoot to kill?
3) By what authority does Abay Tsehaye give order to OPDO officials?
4) When is an independent commission going to be established to answer people’s questions and hold individuals that killed our children accountable?
5) Demand that the regime cooperate with the European Union without conditions.

It is time Ethiopian families stop losing their loved ones to violence by the regime. It is time that self-serving and mentally deranged individuals like Abay Tsehaye that are answerable to no one are removed from the position of power and authority. The Ethiopian people are not going back to the good old ways of turning our head and pretending not to notice. This uprising knocked down the invisible wall. Things are a lot clearer today than yesterday.

I look at the bright side of our situation. Yes we still have plenty of problems but I would rather celebrate the victories and build on that. The quest for liberation is a long struggle. Today we are on the offensive. The trick is to stay on message and push forward. The enemy is weak with hard work we are able to break one of the chains that were holding us back. The enemy is concerned. The enemy is weakened but still standing. On the other hand our power has been enhanced considerably. We have become versatile. We are able to engage the enemy on many fronts.

There are still a few weak links in our collective struggle. One is the ever-present Kilil mentality that some are finding hard to escape from. It is empowering to see the letter to the Mafia regime signed by notable children of Tigrai. It is in the tradition of our forefathers to speak out when national interest is on the table. They fulfilled the promise. They told Woyane “Not in my Name!” It is another wall being broken. It would be good to see if more join the demand for national Salvation and usher a new day into our ancient land. Procrastinations and splitting hair syndrome only helps the mafia regime.

No matter we are addicted to little victories and we are going to milk that no matter what. It is a winning strategy and we ride this wave all the way. Liberation play requires audience participation. What is needed here is active actors to ensure quality product made with cutting edge formula. If you agree on the virtues of ‘little victories’ it is fair to assume you all are going to help with the Boycott of Woyane and its affiliates even when no one is looking. Admit it you ‘Love’ Ethiopia, then show it. Stay the course, we are breaking Woyane’s back.

  1. reda
    | #1

    oromo cannot achieve anything without working with other ethnic groups. tplf can whether the storm of ethnic based violence erupting here and there, BY MAKING A FEW CONCESSIONS AND BY BRUTE FORCE BY massacring protesters. . the current ethnic unrest is about protecting your patch , . opdo are testing their muscle and saying to tplf do not come to our ethnic killil. opdo has no other national interest other than protecting their ethnic killil which tplf established.

    To be effective ,opdo have to come out of their killil politics and ethnic politics and embrace the collective struggle of the Ethiopian people for freedom , democracy and justice for all. that is the only way forward. Killil based politics is bound to fail as it excludes and isolates the majority of the people.

    Killil issues can only be resolved under a democratic system. therefore it should be a priority for all people of Ethiopia to establish a democratic system where people are valued according to their merits and not on the basis of their ethnicity or political views.

  2. Haftom B
    | #2

    Still the guy is barking but EPRDF members are doing their tasks barking doesn’t serve the Ethiopian people interest

    I feel sorry for the death of civilians at any cost but I continue to ask why the people were burning ambulances & other public property which was theirs

    From Mekelle

  3. ዘውዱ
    | #3

    Differences solved by force do not bring lasting peace because when the defeated side gets a chance will surely retaliate.Hence the better way to solve existing problems is by friendly, fact-supported negotiations so that the agreements reached will be binding. This is what I wish for Ethiopia.
    Let us always remember the destruction civil war entails. It is enough to think of the countries that have chosen violence to solve their differences and reckon where they are today. They have been set back by complete destruction. In fact, it is these glaring facts of Somalia ,Libya, Iraq, Syria etc. that made me adopt the position I hold.
    We must push them to come to the table for the good of all sides and our dear country.
    May God help Ethiopia.

  4. haile
    | #4

    it is true that there are a few sheep in wolf’s clothing trying to hijack the revolt of the Ethiopian people around Addis ABEBA, by adding their own sectarian and narrow ideology of ethnicity. ethnicising politics has become the mantra of ethnocentric ethno fascist groups, neglecting the common problem we all face, and degrading the common intErest we all share.

    I must also say that democrats from the recent protests of the people have failed miserably by not coming out and condemning those sectarian elements who are trying to alienate the people from the common goal and hence the common struggle which we should fight by joining hands with each other.

    our struggle is the result of democratic deficit in our country,the absence of the rule of law, justice and total lack of freedom. this is a question for the hole of the Ethiopian people, (the amhara, tigre, oromo,sidama, afar etc)

    let’s not fall into the trap of those who want to ethnicise our struggle

  5. Kadiro
    | #5

    Reading Yilma’s article is refreshing and encouraging! The TPLF-led regime has reached the lowest ebb and has lost all its propaganda tickets. For the old timers who witnessed the fall of regimes, the ideological bankruptcy of the TPLF-led regime is much worse than what we observed during the end of Imperial Regime and Mengistu’s regime. The only power the TPLF has at the moment is control of the guns. TPLF cannot solely rule by guns-not sustainable. Power to the people!

  6. Boorriraa
    | #6

    yes, we are on the right path mainly because we are carrying out this historical struggle of the millions against our common enemy, the enemy that is for sure to be gotten rid of for once and for all. We must capitalize on the collaborative intelligence to accelerate the down fall of the enemy and rapidly work on building democracy for the betterment of all citizens and the country that deserves tranquility where all Ethiopians live in looking forward to seeing our children utilize their full capacity to make progress in social and economic life that certainly benefit all. Remember all, this enemy of our people and country is composed of blood robbers, mafias, murderers, thieves,bandas and the multidimensional nature of our ongoing struggle demands us to redouble our effort to chock the enemy on the pounding mighty feast of the millions. With our defined goal of democracy to achieve, we must keep in mind that justice also needs all citizens of Ethiopia to work hard and diligently execute our tasks of bringing the fascist woyanai, partners in crime, and collaborators to people’s court as soon as possible.

  7. Dawi
    | #7

    Yelma said:

    [[..Commerce is suffering....viewing TPLF/EFFORT owned and run businesses as fair targets. Selam Bus is fast coming in the crosshairs of our militants as recently seen in Nekempt. I record this as a qualitative increment of people power...]]

    It is not the first time Yelma advocating such behaviors. We have discussed this disgusting behavior of his in the past. Off course he is calling such things out from the comfort of his home.

    It is the hedonistic side of Yelma that desires such acts. Off course most anarchists are cool with this. Smashing windows of Selam Bus shall financially hurt EFFORT but, someone can get injured or suffer for missing a trip. If the business eventually closes the workers lose their jobs & average folks lose their means of transportation; EFFORT is going to be fine. What is up with that?

    Targeting capitalist businesses who ever owns them but, employ regular people who depend on their jobs to make a living is insane in my book.

    I don’t care the one who own the most are the 1% in the US who are not diverse, because I am far removed from that to worry about it. A person who rides a Selam bus or fly Ethiopian for that matter is far removed from the big wigs who can own them. Unless Yelma is trying to take us to a Socialist Revolution, a capitalist is a capitalist a capitalist to an average Ethiopian. I know, for the anarchists who like to replace the big wigs, it is a different story.

    Regardless, destroying useful property shall make ordinary folks support authority more so you’re the loser.

  8. yilmab
    | #8

    Dawi it looks like I hit a nerve. The question is how was that property appropriated? Think about that and all stolen property is open to arbitration and in the absence of law and order the mob rules the day.I am sure TPLF is aware of such practice. I say to you the chickens are coming home to roost. A few might have saved outside which we can go after in a legitimate way but believe me most are idiots.

  9. Dawi
    | #9

    Yelma,

    Prof. Menga had once suggested TPLF/EPRDF owned businesses to end up becoming share holder entities; so that they shall be publicly traded. It sounds a good idea to me. That can be done by EPRDF it self; it gives the entities better image, more accountable and gives them access to more capital to develop. We don’t have to fight on that much if you ask me because they are not foreign owned. Even if those who run it, as you call them “idiots” they are our “idiots”.

    BTW, two of the leading wireless manufacturers, LG and Samsung, got their start from Korean state-sponsored efforts to support industrialization in advanced technology.

    I say it is cool seeing the video of young people renovating in METEC org.- EPRDF won’t last for ever and regardless who started them, there is no reason to destroy such public properties is what I am saying.

  10. Fandulai
    | #10

    The door will permanently closed all the criminals in it; believe it or not, accept it or reject it. Dawi, you don’t care about the victims, murdered, looted, disabled, all about you is being joyous of TPLF’s killing spree; that is what is there in your mind and in book you peruse through. What will be life like when those woyanai criminals tossed into a jail and permanently locked up behind the bar for life, you bet us not sitting in a bar and gulping ice-cold vodka while you admired those criminals in piercing-cold cell being rotten to a perpetual death, eventually.

  11. Dawi
    | #11

    Dear Fandulai,

    Don’t take me wrong I don’t condone violence, ugly crimes and the killing of innocent people by government; those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals. I am with you on that. Even bad governance in general by incompetents should be dealt with severely.

    If you haven’t done it yet listen to Reyot Alemu’s interview on ESAT; the woman is smart and I have no doubt she earned the respect of the government and her jailers.

    Looking at your comment, I wish you gave us some real evidences of crime and less of the accounts of horror movies you watch.

  12. Samuael
    | #12

    @ Dawi

    You seem to be a very reasonable and articulated person. I wonder why you are wasting your time talking to the likes of Yilma – useless and clueless – people knowing well nothing will ever change them. Even the amount of snow from the current Snowzilla will never soften their rock hardened backwardness. It’s like trying pouring water on a black rock. Let them talk the talk while the people and government of do their thing. That is the best they know – Talk. In the scheme of things though they are as irrelevant as they were back in the days. Cheers!

  13. ho
    | #13

    I bet he wakes up seating & urinating because of bad dream about TPLF .
    TPLF is not one person .it is a collection of many millions . Try your best if u can defeat all !! Kikik

  14. Anonymous
    | #14

    you will learn as it reach Tigray

  15. ho
    | #15

    Why is our comment Picture dictated by the site ? Totally undemocratic dimocrat !

  16. wedi Tgray
    | #16

    The problem with you amara is that you are obsessed with power bit you want others to fight your war.
    Let’s say tplf is gone tomorrow, you think Oromo is gonna let Amara on the throne? Besaaaq!!!;)
    I believe amara had their time tire ruled for 24 yes so it should be fine if the Somali oromo or Afar want their share too. I would love to see an oromo muslim woman prime minister in her hijab ruling g that cursed land or showa.anyone but amara is fine with me.

  17. Freedom
    | #17

    Wedi Tgray,
    You are very sick, tribalist and narrow minded. The author is not advocating for the Amhara people to take power. Rather, he is advocating for WE THE PEOPLE, the Ethiopian People, to take power. The ethnicity of the future Ethiopian president, vice president or any other key leaders is a NON ISSUE. The only thing that will matter is their competence and content of their character (are they just, fair, honest, hard working, non tribalist, etc.) Therefore, the next president can be someone from Tigray, Oromo, Gambela, Afar, Somali, etc. In other wards from any ethnic group in Ethiopia.
    Please, no Amhara bashing. There is no evidence that the Amhara people are trying to rule Ethiopia by taking power from the current government. Also, there is no evidence that the Amhara people are incapable or unwilling to put some BULLETS into prostitute TPLF and company’s ASS. I BELIEVE SOME GONDAR WARRIORS ARE DOING SO AS WE SPEAK.

  18. Anonymous
    | #18

    [wedi Tgray]
    It sounds you are in panic over what Ethiopian over the action of Tigers. You must feel this way, provided you are one of those who have killed innocent Ethiopians, exploited Ethiopian treasure on the basis of your association with TPLF. You need to panic for believing TPLF instead of sharing Ethiopian national core value. One of these core values is. the fact All Ethiopians shed their blood,and gave their and died defending their country including At Adwa. We clearly Ethiopians individual differences and some of our unique features. But Ethiopians also know we have much in common amongst our selves. As to necessitate if need be in the moment of national emergency or when our survival is at stake to quash whether it be domestic bullies or foreign invaders.

    Therefore ,we cherish our differences o e following principles

  19. Densa
    | #19

    [wedi Tgray]
    It sounds you are in panic over what Ethiopian over the action of Tigers. You must feel this way, provided you are one of those who have killed innocent Ethiopians, exploited Ethiopian treasure on the basis of your association with TPLF. You need to panic for believing TPLF instead of sharing Ethiopian national core value. One of these core values is. The fact All Ethiopians shed their blood, and gave their and died defending their country including At Adwa. Clearly Ethiopians know the existence of individual differences and our unique features. But, we also know we have much in common amongst our selves. And, if need be in the moment of national emergency or when our survival is at stake, to rise as one and to quash be it domestic bullies or foreign invaders.

    Therefore ,we cherish our differences. But
    We will never again permit our differences to be as a primary base and as to lead us to a lose of sight
    to our common humanity, and need for survival. Most Ethiopians are aware of the fact deliberately chose to thread repressive path for financial gain. It took wisdom on the parts of the rest of Ethiopians to give TPLF chance and let her own sin ripe. By all consent we believe now the time has come for Ethiopians to remove TPLF and devise a political system that serves not just few rascals or only affiliation through one party alone, but to set up an inclusive political system. For this reason, the idea of birth place and ethnic affiliation will serve very little in Future Ethiopia. Perhaps the most important criteria citizens will be interest can be, among other thing, character, civility and education. My advice to you is don’t linger around if you are one of those thieves. You if you are surly you will face justice.

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