Our Insanity: Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different outcomes By Assegid Habtewold

April 20th, 2016 Print Print Email Email

After reading my recent articles, a colleague thought that writing about the leadership gaps and accusing of our culture as the root cause for our major troubles at this very critical moment is a distraction from the main thing. For him, the main thing is removing TPLF by all means with a sense of urgency. After a thorough discussion, we finally reached a common understanding. We agreed that these articles aren’t diversions but rather alarms and necessities if our desire is to quicken our struggle in bringing a regime change, and most importantly to enjoy a lasting peace, democracy, and the rule of law in post TPLF Ethiopia. Yet, it occurred to me that many other readers might have felt the same. So, I decided to write a couple of articles to clarify the need to reform our culture, and develop the capacity of our contemporary & future leaders before releasing my articles on bridging the leadership gaps, which I promised at the end of my last article. We all may agree that, while TPLF is in power and continuing to implement its faulty policies, it’s unlikely to bring true democracy and freedom in Ethiopia. Thus, in principle, I concurred with my critic that removing TPLF must be the first priority. But, it’s possible that we can carryout multiple synergetic efforts simultaneously toward the main thing. While some of us engage in fighting at the political battlefronts, the rest of us should participate in the change process in the areas of our passion and using our talents and experiences at multiple other fronts. When we engage in such a coordinated manner, that is when TPLF is unable to stand the pressures, and then give way to the change whose time has long overdue. Hence, we don’t necessarily need to abandon everything else and put all of our eggs in one basket, especially knowing that TPLF has been working hard day and night in changing our centuries old culture in order to divide and conquer, overcome resistance against its ethnic-apartheid style rule, corrupt our productive citizens, and effectively promote its own other sinister agendas.

TPLF has been waging wars at multiple fronts since its jungle days. Once it took power, it has been using state machineries such as the police, military, security apparatuses, economy, media, and the education system to maintain its dominance at every front. It invests hundreds of millions of dollars per year toward lobbying so as to silence international pressures. It wholesales not only our lands but also give away our national interests to appease, and in turn put neighboring countries in its pocket. It squashes its opponents mercilessly using every available means, and also do so many additional ugly things while busy reforming our culture to make it susceptible, and then, unable to withstand its menacing plots against Ethiopia and its people. Why then should we disregard all other facades and focus on one front? This approach is faulty at many levels. For one, it has been tried for decades and didn’t bring satisfactory results, and why then should we do it again and again and expect a different result? As Albert Einstein put it beautifully, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is insanity”. Second, TPLF continues to have a field day since it could easily squash our ‘one basket filled with multitudes of eggs’. Third, the problems we face are deep and multifaceted that requires manifold synergetic moves.

Thus, we should discontinue our insanity, self-examine, evaluate our past, learn some lessons, drop those things that haven’t delivered, and come up with new ones that could bring lasting transformation. The latter, however, cannot happen without reforming our culture. Culture is the god of its inhabitants. The ways we think, behave, communicate, decide, act, and interact are molded by our culture. So far, these couldn’t help us get ride of tyranny, bring lasting peace, stability, cooperation, economic and technology advancements. We continue to experience conflict, further disintegration, chronic famine, and corruption. We’re known worldwide as one of the poorest countries in the world regardless of our abundant natural resources, great people, and rich history and so many golden cultural attributes. Unfortunately, we keep doing the same things again and again that failed us overcome these dire situations. Shouldn’t we stop and ask ourselves why these vicious circles continue to exist regardless of our continuous efforts to change them?

Let me share with you one of the vicious circles that I shared with my colleague. Many patriotic Ethiopians in the Diaspora have done their best to contribute their share in bringing democracy in Ethiopia since the late 60’s. Some of them sacrificed so many things toward this cause and died without witnessing the realization of their dream. Many others are still fighting one regime after another in the past several years without any meaningful outcomes- one tyranny replaces another, and the struggle continues against the latest and worst tyrant. These patriots fought the feudal regime boldly hoping that its downfall would bring a lasting change including going back to their native country. Their dream cut short when Derg took power. They didn’t have any choice except to continue fighting. Their frustration turned into a nightmare when a racist and divisive- a more repressive junta- substituted the military regime. The fight is still on with a sense of urgency; more of our people are leaving the motherland and going to very volatile places, let alone those of us who are already in exile to return. The question is: what has been missing? Rather, first, what has been the constant? Fighting one dictatorial regime after another with laser-focused attention has been there but without any significant outcome. What has been missing was the ability to invest our talent, time, and resources to carryout other background things at multiple fronts so that dictatorship wouldn’t have any room after a regime change.

It shouldn’t be our destiny to continue fighting one tyrannical government after another throughout our life. We need to reform our culture so that it repels, starves, and punishes tyrants. The present-day matured democracies inherited a stable culture that doesn’t entertain dictatorship because they had configured their culture by adopting the right constitution and designing a governing system that has checks and balances at various levels. They made sure their education system nurtures the culture; their arts, music, and media promote those values that are pillars to their culture such as individual liberty, freedom of expression, and the rule of law. They formulated their legal system to protect these values. They also built their armies and law enforcement bodies in such a way that their loyalty is to the constitution, which is the embodiment of these values. We may not need to copy and paste everything from them but one thing we must learn, if our desire is to enjoy the freedom, liberty, and democracy they have been enjoying is to reform our culture one step at a time the way it fits our objective conditions on the ground. But, culture cannot easily be reformed overnight. It takes years, sometimes decades. The right place to begin the reform is raising leaders (rather, change agents), at all levels, in different industries (politics, business, NGO, religion, academics, art, media, etc.). We should raise, promote, encourage, and reward those that detest dictatorship; those who won’t be tempted to promote the domination of one group over the others; and those whose preoccupation is serving, not becoming parasites.

That is why, as much as the political front is important and urgent, so is working on our culture and leadership capacity building. Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Bridging the leadership gaps, reforming our culture, and other background works are like sharpening the axe, and are critical to chop down the bad tree- TPLF, and some elements in our culture that allow tyrants to flourish. After TPLF, we should make sure that another generation wouldn’t go to the jungle to bring regime change, migrate to save their lives, and pursue their freedom somewhere on foreign lands. This vicious circle must stop in this generation. As intelligent, hardworking, and God fearing people, we must reflect, learn from our past, take some lessons, continue to implement those approaches that worked and change those that failed us, and project into the future and make sure that the next change won’t be the same. While fighting at the political battlefronts, we must raise the capacity of, first, our leaders, and then our people. We need capable, empowered, and extraordinary change agents to lead the cultural reform. It’s possible but it takes humility, open heart, ready minds, and committed souls. Are you one of them?

We must stop doing things haphazardly (BeZemecha). Let’s also stop acting like a fire brigade . We’re good at coming out to tackle a problem once it reaches a tipping point. Once the threat subsides, we go back to our routine, and hibernate until another emergency situation awakens us. We need to wage deliberate, calculated, effective battles at multiple fronts, and measure our progress frequently and if necessary make amends quickly. Let’s have continuous, civilized, and inclusive discussions to have a shared vision, and a culture that is conducive to realize this vision. Let’s continue to engage in informative, participatory, and productive debates to shape the future of Ethiopia NOW. Let’s be open and entertain diverse ideas about the kinds of constitution, federal system, and development policies we need so that the shared vision may come to fruition. These and many other activities at multiple fronts should begin NOW. We don’t need to wait until TPLF is gone to do these things. Lastly, as Albert Einstein said, we must know that “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Whatever thinking, approaches, and systems we have had in the past brought us here. If we don’t like where we are NOW, we must change the former. If our genuine desire is to experience different kinds of results than what we have had so far, let’s stop doing the same things again and again. Most importantly, let’s stop the restlessness, and begin anew. Some of the activities that are running in the Diaspora are genuine. But, many of these are limited in scope while the rest are without wide array of support. Still others are staged and for the purpose of creating sound bites. What we need is broader, coordinated, and unscripted approaches led by change agents from various industries. That is when we begin to experience lasting transformation through cultural reform and leadership development. As promised, I’ll continue to write articles on these themes. My articles are aimed at provoking our thoughts, and igniting further debates (not to distract). My hope is that our community organizations may take these two things (reforming our culture, and raising change agents) seriously, establish institutions, design programs, recruit and train the trainers, arrange conferences, workshops, mentoring programs, and organize practical volunteer opportunities, and so on. Stay tuned!

  1. Adisu Abenezer
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  2. USA & UK are Sheer Hypochrites
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    ጎበዝ በቅርቡ በጋንቤላ የደረሰውን እልቂት አስታውሱ፡፡
    በውጪ ሃይሎች ዶላር እየተከፈለው አንድ ጊዜ ሶማሌ ሌላ ጊዜ ኮንጎ የሚዘምተው የወያኔ ሰራዊት የት ገባ?የአፍሪካ ሰላም አስከባሪ ነኝ የሚለው ወያኔ የራሱን ዜጎች ደህንነት መጠበቅ አቃተው ማለት ነው? ነው ወይንስ በተዘዋዋሪ ከጀርባ ሆኖ ተስማምቶ የገዛ እራሱን ዜጎች ማስጨፍጨፍ ጀመረ ማለት ነው?ለፖለቲካ ግቡ ሲል ሃውዚን ላይ የራሱን ዘር ጭምር ያስጨፈጨፈ ይህንን ማድረግ ለወያኔ በጣም ቀላል ነው፡፡መቼም ወያኔ ለሀገሩ ዜጋ የዝንብ ያህል አይጨነቅም፡፡ለነገሩ ከትግሬ ውጪ ያለው ሀገሩን ተቀምቶ ስለሚኖር እንደ ሙሉ ኢትዮጵያዊ ዜጋ አይቆጠርም፡፡ወያኔ የጋምቤላን መሬት እንጂ ህዝቡን አይፈልገውም፡፡ጋንቤላውን እየገደሉ እያፈናቀሉ በምትኩ ትግሬዎች በባለሃብት ስም መሬቱን ከሞላ ጎደል ተቆጣጥረዋል፡፡ይህንን የወያኔና የትግሬ የኢኮኖሚና የፖለቲካ የበላይነት ለማስፈን የሌላው ዘር በዘዴ መዳከምና መጥፋት አለበት፡፡ስለዚህም ይህንን አሰቃቂ ግድያ ከጀርባ ሆኖ የሚያስፈፅመው እራሱ ወያኔ ነው፡፡ወያኔ እንደሆነ እራሱ ከጀርባ እየተዋዋለ እያስጨፈጨፈ መልሶ የአዞ እንባ ማልቀስ ልማዱ ነው፡፡የመርካቶ ሌቦች እንደሚያደርጉት የሰረቀው ሌባ ከንፁሁ ጋር አብሮ ተደባልቆ ሌባ ሌባ እያለ እየጮኸ እንደሚያምታታው ወያኔም ይህ ታክቲኩ የለመደበት ነው፡፡ወገን ሆይ ወያኔ ከስልጣን መልቀቁ አይቀሬ መሆኑን ሲረዳ እኔ ከሞትኩ ሰርዶ አይብቀል እንዳለችው አህያዋ እራሱ ማድረግ ካልቻለ ከውጪ ሃይሎች ጋር ተመሳጥሮ ኢትዮጵያውያንን በባእድ ጦር አስወርሮ እንደሚያስጨፈጭፍና ሀገሪቱን ለመበታተን እንደሚንቀሳቀስ መገመት አለብን፡፡ምናልባትም አረቦችና ቱርኮች ለዚህ ተባባሪ ሊሆኑት ይችላሉ፡፡ይህ ሲባል ግን አረቡቹና ቱርኮቹ እኛን ሊወሩን የሚችሉት ከበላይ አለቆቻቸው የምእራባውያን መንግስታት ትእዛዝ ተቀብለው ነው፡፡በሶሪያና ሊቢያ ላይ የተደረገውም ይኸው ነው፡፡ወያኔዎች ታላቋ ትግራይን እንደ መጠባበቂያ መሸሸጊያ ሀገር አስቀምጠው ነው ሌላውን ኢትዮጵያዊ ሀገር አልባ እያደረጉት ያሉት፡፡እኛም ማነህ ባለሳምንት ተብለን የመታረጃ ካራችን ተስሎ እስኪዘጋጅልን ድረስ ፈዘን ደንዝዘን እየተጠባበቅን ነው፡፡መገንጠል መገነጣጠል መፍትሄ ነው ብለው ለሚያራግቡ በወያኔ ለሚደገፉ የዘር ፖለቲካ አራማጆች ይህ የሱዳንና የጋንቤላው ክስተት ትልቅ ትምህርት ነው፡፡ምስራቅ አፍሪካ በዘረኛው ወያኔና ሻእብያ አማካኝነት እየታመሰ ነው፡፡ኢትዮጵያም ወያኔ ባስቀመጠው አንቀፅ-39 እና የብሄር ፌደራሊዝም ከተበታተነች ውጤቱ የማያባራ የእርስ በርስ ጦርነት ነው፡፡ብቻ አምላክ ይጠበቀን ማለት ነው፡፡

  3. Niguse
    | #3

    ኢትዮጵያ በእርዳታና በብድር የቆመች ሀገር ነች፡፡በመሰረቱ የውጪ እርዳታ የሚባል ነገር የለም፡፡እርዳታ የሚባለው ነገር ዋና መርሁ አንድ መቶ ዶላር በአንደኛው ኪስ ሰጥተህ አስር ሺህ ዶላር ከሌላኛው ኪስ ውሰድ ነው፡፡ማለትም አንድ ሚሊዬን ዶላር ለሆዳም ሀገር አስተዳዳሪ ኤሊቶች በእርዳታ ስም በፊት ለፊት ስጥ ከዚያ አንድ መቶ ሚሊዮን ዶላር የሚያህል ሀገሪቱን ሀብት ከበስተጀርባ ዝረፍ ነው፡፡አንድ ሚሊዮን ዶላር ለአንድ ባለስልጣን ስጥ ከዚያ ፖሊስና ወታደር አሰማርቶ የጋምቤላን ወይንም የሌላ ቦታ ገበሬ አፈናቅሎ የመቶ ሚሊዬን ዶላር ለም መሬት ወይንም የተፈጥሮ ሀብት ይሰጥሃል፡፡ብድርም ከሆነ 500 ሚሊዮን ዶላር በሀገርና በህዝብ ስም ከተበደረ 400 ሚሊዮን ዶላር ለራሱና ለተከታዮቹ ይወስዳል በቀሪው 100 ሚሊዮን ዶላር ያለማል ከዚያ ለሀገሪቱና ለህዝቦቿ የ5 ቢሊዮን ዶላር እዳ ለመጪው ትውልድ ያከማቻል፡፡እንደ ወያኔ አይነት ባለ ታዳጊ ሀገር ውስጥ በውጪ ብድርና እርዳታ የሚገኘው ልማት የስራ ማስኬጃው( overhead operational running cost) ከዋናው ልማቱ (actual end-result work) በብዙ እጥፍ የበለጠ ነው፡፡ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ የ 20 ሚሊዬን ብር ፕሮጀክት ሲጀመር ቅድሚያ ሀ-ብሎ የ3ሚሊዬን ብር የቅንጦት መኪና በመግዛት ነው የፕሮጀክቱ ሪባን ተቆርጦ የሚጀመረው፡፡ይህ ደግሞ በአጋጣሚ የሆነ ሳይሆን እራሱ ስርዓቱ በውጪ ሃይሎችና በወያኔ ጥንቱንም ሲጠነሰስ በዚህ ስሌት ነው የተመሰረተው፡፡የእርዳታና ብድሩ ዋና ተጠቃሚዎች የስርአቱ ዋና አገልጋዮች ልሂቃን ናቸው እንጂ የተቀረው ብዙሃኑ ህዝብ አይደለም፡፡ጥንቱንም ሲጀመር የእርዳታና ብድሩ ዋና አላማውም እራሱ ይኸው ነው፡፡ሲጀመር የውጪ ሃይሎች እርዳታ የሚሰጡት ለእኛ አዝነው ወይንም አስበው ነው ብለን ማሰባችን የራሳችን ደካማ አስተሳሰብ ችግር ነው፡፡ብድሩም በወቅቱ ካልተከፈለ ይዞት የሚመጣው የራሱ ከፍተኛ መዘዝ አለው፡፡ብድሩን በወቅቱ ያልከፈለ ሀገር ወለዱ ስለሚከባችበት አንድ ቀን የተፈጥሮ ሀብቱንና ሌላውንም ልማት መልሶ በርካሽ ዋጋ ለአበዳሪው ሃብታሞች በርካሽ ዋጋ መሸጥ አለበት፡፡ስለዚህም በኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ በወያኔ ተመዘገበ የሚባለው እድገት ለኢትዮጵያውያን ከፍተኛ እዳና ችግር ነው፡፡ምክንያቱም አብዛኛው በብድርና በእርዳታ የተገኘ ነው፡፡በጋንቤላና ሌላም አካባቢዎች የሚደረገው የመሬት መፈናቀል እና በቅርቡ የተካሄደው ኢሰብአዊ ጭፍጨፋ ፖለቲካዊ ብቻም ሳይሆን ኢኮኖሚያዊም ጭምር ነው፡፡የመሬት መፈናቀሉን በገንዘብና በሌላም መንገድ የሚደግፉት የውጪ ሃይሎች ናቸው፡፡እነዚህ የውጪ ሃይሎች ለወያኔ ብድርና እርዳታ ያመቻቻሉ፡፡ወያኔም ይህንን እራስ ወዳድ ጥቅሙን ስለሚያስቀድም ልማት እያለ ሰዎችን ኢ-ሰብዓዊ በሆነ መንገድ ያፈናቅላል ያስራል የንገላታል ይገድላል፡፡ስለዚህ በወያኔ ዘመን ልማት የሚባለው ነገር ለወያኔና ለተከታዮቹ ከፍተኛ ፖለቲካዊና ኢኮኖሚያዊ ጥቅምን ሲያስገኝ በሌላ በኩል ደግሞ ኢትዮጵያን እና ኢትዮጵያዊነትን በቀጥታ ሳይሆን በተዘዋዋሪ መንገድ ለማዳከምና ለማጥፋት እየዋለ ነው፡፡በአንድ ድንጋይ ሁለት ወፍ ማለት ነው፡፡ወያኔ ልማት የሚለውን ነገር ከፍተኛ ቦታ ሰጥቶ የማያቋርጥ ፕሮፖጋንዳ እየሰራበት ያለው በዚህ ምክንያት ነው፡፡ወያኔ ኢትዮጵያንና ኢትዮጵያውያንን አዳክሜና አጥፍቼ ልማት አለማለሁ ነው እያለን ያለው፡፡20 ሚሊዬን ህዝብ እየተራበና ጥቂት የማይባለውም እየሞተ ወያኔ ግን ይህ የልማቱ ውጤት ነው እያለን ነው ያለው፡፡ጋንቤላዎች እየተጨፈጨፉ ለምን ሲባል ይህም ልማት ያመጣው ነው ይለናል፡፡ህዝብ በገፍ እየተሰደደ ለምን ሲባል ይህም ልማት ያመጣው ነው ይለናል፡፡መፍትሄው ምንድን ነው ሲባልም በዚሁ አይነት በፍጥነት መልማትና ማደግ ነው ይለናል፡፡እኛ ግን ይህንን ልማት የምንረዳው እንደ ቅኝ-ግዛት ነው፡፡ወያኔ ከውጪ ሃይሎች ጋር በድብቅ ተስማምቶ ኢትዮጵያን ቅኝ-ግዛት ውስጥ ከቷታል፡፡ስለዚህ ኢትዮጵያ እየለማች ያለችው ለብዙሃኑ ኢትዮጵያውያን ጥቅም ሳይሆን ለጥቂት ኢትዮጵያውያን(ትግሬዎች) እና ከእነሱ ውጪ ላለ ለሌላ አካል ጥቅም ሲባል ነው ማለት ነው፡፡ታዲያ የዚህ የዚህ በሀገር በቀል ጣሊያኖች በተዘዋዋሪ የውክልና ቅኝ-ግዛት ከምንገዛ የድሮው ጣሊያን አንድ ፊቱን አይሻልም ነበር?

  4. JOHN
    | #4

    Our intellectuals do please wake up even after 25 years.
    Ethnic politics is just the symptom.
    The main cause is as follows.
    TPLF Is a Zionist agent. The entire social, cultural, economical, and political and finally the spiritual architecture is designed and organized that way. Infiltration, perversion, deception, bribe, blackmail are the main tools to carry out this diabolical scheme. EPRDF is a cover for TPLF. Likewise TPLF is a cover. TPLF at the core is a Zionist agent. Only very few adepts are privy to this diabolical scheme. Ethiopians now tend to understand the general situation in Ethiopia this way.Ethinc politics is just a means to this end.As for addis ababa and oromia case the cause is Ethnic federalism.This is the big picture and we are all pawns in this big game.Addis Abababa master plan is intended to gradually evict non-Tigreans.It is a systematic ethnic cleansing.Greater Ethiopia has gradually diminished and changed in to greater Addis Ababa which is the result of thnic federalism.Ethnic federalism works for TPLF but does not work for Ethiopians.Do not worry to please every body but try to speak the truth and only the truth.

    Additional source TPLF is a Zionist agent

  5. Freedom
    | #5

    Author outstanding job. Keep up the great work. I whole heartedly agree with your article.
    You said,
    “We all may agree that, while TPLF is in power and continuing to implement its faulty policies, it’s unlikely to bring true democracy and freedom in Ethiopia. Thus, in principle, I concurred with my critic that removing TPLF must be the first priority.”
    I agree with you 110%. Setting priority is very crucial.
    One of the major casualty of TPLF’s divide and rule and ethnic based regions in Ethiopia is the break down of Ethiopian community organization and sense of community in diaspora. I can only speak about the Ethiopian community in America. However, it is probably the same in Europe. When I first came to USA and most new immigrants at the time seeked Ethiopian community for information, friendship, education, sense of community etc etc. It was a great thing. Unfortunately, most of the community centers all over America gradually dissolved after TPLF took power in Ethiopia due to ethnic division and lack of trust among Ethiopians in Ethiopia and usa. Consequently, diaspora Ethiopians became one of the most un united people in America. As a result, we got hurt in the economic, cultural, educational and political sphere as individuals and as people. In contrast, our misery and pain was great and a boon for TPLF gov because of the lack of united force to challenge and fight against them.
    Therefore, we need to rebuild our community organizations and design them to do great things to our people. It will be helpful to take a stock of how many community centers exist across USA and Europe. Which ones are doing well and which ones aren’t? What can we learn from those who are doing well and those who aren’t. Apply lessons learn when erecting new community centers.
    To be more practical all of us have to check out our community as ask the following questions.
    1. Is there an Ethiopian community center in my neighborhood?
    2. Is the community center serving the people or the elite running the center.
    3. If there is no community center, can I be one of the leaders to start one?
    My answer:
    1. Yes
    2. The community center is primarily a business enterprise for the elite running it. In actually, it is not a community center but uses a guise of community center to rip of Ethiopians.
    3. YES. Anyone can be a leader. IF THERE IS A WILL THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY. Infact, it can be a great opportunity.
    I agree with the author that community organizations can play a very crucial role in advancing the interests of all peace and freedom loving and law abiding Ethiopians.
    The problem is appropriate and genuine community organizations do not exist. We need to start ASAP building quality ethiopian community centers in every neighborhood and city in USA and Europe. It is always a good thing to learn from existing community centers that are excelling and adapting their ways in other centers.

  6. Dean Kebede Nigatu , Haramaya University
    | #6

    በመከላከያ ሰራዊቱ በደብረዘይት የመከላከያ ብረታ ብረትና ኢንጂነሪንግ ኮርፖሬሽን (METEC) የተሰሩ የእርሻ መኪኖች ጥራት የሌላቸው መሆኑ ቅሬታ መፍጠሩ ተነገረ፡፡-በአማራ ክልል የገዢው መንግስት በእርሻ ስራ ያደራጃቸው ወጣቶች እንዲሰሩበት የተሰጣቸው የእርሻ መኪና ጥራት ዝቅተኛ በመሆኑ ስራቸውን አቁመው ማህበራቸወን ለመበተን መገደዳቸውን ተናገሩ፡፡
    በክልሉ ልዩ ልዩ ዞኖች የሚገኙት ቅሬታ አቅራቢ ወጣቶች ከዩኒቨርስቲና ከቴክኒክና ሙያ ኮሌጆች ትምህርታችውን በመጀመሪያ ዲግሪና በዲፐሎማ ያጠናቀቁ ናቸው፡፡ ወጣቶቹ በእርሻ ስራው ለመሰማራት የሚያስችል ፕሮፖዛል አቅርበው ተቀባይነትን በማግኘቱ ገንዘብ በመቆጠብ ብድር ቢፈቀደላቸውም፤ባቀረቡት የሃሳብ እቅድ ዝርዝር (ፕሮፖዛል) ሳይሆን ንብረቱን ከመከላከያ ብረታ ብረትና ኢንጂነሪንግ ኮርፖሬሽን (METEC) እንዲቀርብላቸው መደረጉ ለችግሩ ዋና ምክንያት መሆኑን ይናገራሉ፡፡
    ትራክተሮች ከፍተኛ የጥራት ችግር ያለባቸው መሆኑን የሚናገሩት ቅሬታ አቅራቢዎች ትራክተሮች ሁለት ወር ሳይሰሩ በመሰባበራቸው ስራቸውን ለማቋረጥ መገደዳቸውን ተናግረዋል፡፡
    ለገዢው መንግስት ግላዊ ሃብት መሰብሰቢያ ሆኖ በሚያገለግለውና በሃገሪቱ ከሚገኙ አበዳሪ የገንዘብ ተቋማት በላይ ወለድ ከሚጠይቀው የአማራ ብድርና ቁጠባ ተቋም በ15 በመቶ ወለድ ተበድረው እንዲገዙ የተደረጉት ቅሬታ አቅራቢዎች፣ በመከላከያ ብረታ ብረትና ኢንጂነሪንግ ኮርፖሬሽን (METEC) የቀረቡትን ትራክተሮች እንዲገዙ መገደዳቸው ለችግር እንደዳረጋቸው ተናግረዋል፡፡
    የትራክተሮች ጥራት ዝቅተኛ መሆን ለስራቸው እንቅፋት በመሆኑ ማህበራቸውን አፍርሰው ለመበተን መገደዳቸውን የሚናገሩት ወጣቶች፣ በአሁኑ ሰዓት በየተመረቁበት የሙያ መስክ ስራ ቢፈልጉም ስራ በማጣታቸው በቤተሰብ ጥገኝነት ያለ ስራ በመንገላታት ላይ መሆናቸውን ገልጸዋል፡፡
    የመከላከያ ብረታ ብረት ኢንጂነሪንግ ፣ ከሀገሪቱ ሀብት እየወሰደ ራሱን ያስፋፋል እንጂ ለመንግስት ግብር ከፍሎ አያውቅም በሚል ይወነጀላል። ድርጅቱ እጅ ባጠረው ጊዜ በመንግስት እንደሚደጎም፣ የሚተዳደረውም በወታደራዊ ህግ በመሆኑ ኦዲት የሚባል ነገር እንደማይነካው እንዲሁም የአንድ ብሄር የበላይነት ጎልቶ የሚታይበት ተቋም ነው በሚል በተደጋጋሚ ይተቻል።

  7. anon
    | #7

    Dr. I thank you for your fresh look at the problem we Ethiopian faced and the self destructive or destructive behavior that we keep pursuing in the decades bygone. I also think you put your finger on the illusive issue when by stating it as follow.

    “Thus, we should discontinue our insanity, self-examine, evaluate our past, learn some lessons, drop those things that haven’t delivered, and come up with new ones that could bring lasting transformation. The latter, however, cannot happen without reforming our culture. Culture is the god of its inhabitants. The ways we think, behave, communicate, decide, act, and interact are molded by our culture.”

    Actually true behavioral change and transformation must come from the core of the person. And the only person who brings noble character out of the ruined and marred humanity ,by SIN, is the LORD and he alone. And this is possible only through REPENTANCE and personal relationship with our maker. Consider this. We as a nation and people wonder why we can not reach a consensus upon a commonly agreed principle to solve Ethiopia’s problem. Why is it illusive to come in to unity to do some thing about it. But do we really ask our selves if any individual or a nation is not willing to EMBRACE WHAT THE LORD commands what right do I have in the first place to expect Ethiopians will come in some kind of unifying principle. I make this to point out an essential principle. We should not expect to set a side UNIVERSAL TRUTH and still entertain an idea that a finite human wisdom will emerge ,some how and some time, to be a rallying point of national unity. Whether I know it or not, it matters little, GOD has eternal plan, and he is accomplishing his plan to consummate his purpose. Part of that plan is this. His Church is a living witness in the midst of a dark world, and his plan is that individuals come to repent and be added to his church. As the following word of GOD states it.

    “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

    To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

    According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:”
    Viewed from God’s point, for any of us to be blessed before any thing else I have to repent and be reconciled with him.

    Now coming to our conception and human point of view, I agree with you in that culture a nation is but a fancy word that displaced eternal truth for human wisdom. We have to be willing and practice changing it because for the simple fact it is not universal truth .Another thing is the young Ethiopians seem to be eager for a change with little thought for the consequence. This attitude is very dangerous,and it is counter productive for freedom advocates. some sits

  8. anon
    | #8


    Please if it is possible post the following article by Alemayehu Gebremariam. The reason I ask you to post it is this. His opinion is frequently posted on ECADF,and Ethiopian review. ECADF admin refuse to post any response to Almariam’s article. Ethiopian review does not accommodate comment section. At stake here is the opinion he propagate to the young Ethiopians. I believe ECADF committed to the promotion of G-7 supporting ideas with out debate on them than to the promotion democratic principles. I am fully committed for the promotion of liberty and democracy. As far as I know ABUGIDA is peerless when it comes to the promotion of principles of freedom and democracy.

    Please begin to post Alemayehu’s articles so that there can be full discussion on this forum concerning his topic. I believe the young Ethiopians can benefit from such discussion to draw their own conclusions.


  9. Freedom
    | #9

    Dean Kebede,
    Thank you for the information. Ethiopian soldiers certainly are not staying in their lanes. They are all over other peoples lanes. They are eating the lunch of the private citizen. Why they don’t leave the manufacturing of farming products to the private sector? Since the manufacturing of farming products is in the private sector lane, area of expertise, they are able to produce a cost effective, economic and quality product. Soldiers by stepping out of their lanes are producing junk/trash products. Their land is the protect the mother land and all Ethiopians first and foremost which they are failing miserably as was witnessed most recently by their failure to protect the Gambela people. The soldiers were busy trying to make money for TPLF when our people were getting killed and raped by foreign invaders. WHAT A SHAME.

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