Why I chose to be a Kinijit supporter and why I will continue to be one – By Kuchiye

December 25th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

Why I chose to be a Kinijit supporter and why I will continue to be one

Like any other decent citizen I have always taken interest in the affairs and wellbeing of my country. An article I contributed to my high school magazine some forty years ago advocated the cause of human right and democracy and reminded me of the awareness level we had attained at the time. Yes, we had school magazines back then, and yes the memory of the 1953 coup and the inspiration of people like Germame Neway on our generation were still fresh.

Decades have elapsed since the 1953 coup-de-tat and though I maintained some degree of interest in politics it was somewhat in disconnected fashion. Politics seemed unrelated to my way of life and political activity was the exclusive domain of scoundrels and coldblooded murderers. Then 2005 happened. The period leading to the 2005 election was laden with hope and excitement. It was unlike any other in our lifetime for it sucked the most skeptics out of self imposed exile and the most indifferent out of centuries old slumber. Ethiopians for the very first time started to believe democracy was possible and that governments can change through the power of the ballot. This shift in paradigm was the making of several phenomenons, both national and international. On the national level the government dared to take a chance at democracy and scored some credit for without some degree of goodwill the ball wouldn’t have started to roll as early as 2005. It mattered very little whether the motivation grew out of conviction, national or international pressure. The largest chunk of credit, however, goes to those Ethiopians who despite the associated fatal risk dared to take chances, formed political parties, sparked national debates and managed to glue an entire population to the TV set, the radio and newspapers. How could one ever forget several events of enormous political significance and words like “Tsunami” that became part of the Ethiopian vernacular? That was when I also started to believe democracy was indeed possible and Ethiopians, who I believe are the most politicized humans in Africa, were behind this movement for real. In essence, I took the lead from the average Ethiopian. I lined up behind the “Yichalal” national wagon authored by no other than Haile Gebre Selasssie. Who could blame me for that? I can assure you my support for Kinijit did not spring out of a lottery draw or from previous association with its component parts which I had none. Due diligence was involved in my choice of Kinijit. Without going into what I do or do not like about the other parties, I will bullet my rationales for being a conscious Kinijit supporter and the basis for my continued support:

1) Kinijit is a decidedly multi-ethnic party. Take a look at the diversity of the leadership and the statistical result of the 2005 election which transcended ethnic and regional boundaries. No amount of negative propaganda aimed at portraying it as an ethnic party will change the fact.

2) Kinijit chose peaceful political struggle as the only salvation for a war and strife weary Ethiopia. Among other things, the path chosen considered the level of political consciousness in Ethiopia, the fragile nature of relationships and international political experiences.

3) Kinijit strongly believes Ethiopia’s democratic aspirations will forge ahead if and only if stake-holders breakout of their intransigent positions and discuss their visions and fears in a round table setting. Kinijit does not have enemies per se save bad ideas, as aptly put by its V/Chairperson Bertukan Mideksa.

4) Kinijit is unequivocal on an important core democratic value. Individual right forms the cornerstone of its political platform. A country that does not guarantee individual right cannot be trusted to provide group rights. This party is very much sensitive to the concerns of minority groups and is determined to put policy measures that will inspire confidence.

5) Kinijit subscribes to a market driven economy and recognizes individual ownership of land and capital as the engines that drive a vibrant economy and a great nation.

6) Kinijit is aware of Ethiopia’s current and evolving international responsibilities in a region that continues to originate numerous global challenges.

7) Kinijit does not believe in ethnic politics and submits that dividing regions along ethnic boundaries goes contrary to economic, social and international logic. Kinijit challenges the ruling party’s motive and is opposed to the policy as it restricts the unleashing of the full potential of human and national resources.

8) Kinijit is committed to the exercise of internal democracy as it, along with other parties, strives to cultivate democratic culture in Ethiopia.

9) Kinijit is a dynamic and vibrant organization, always cognizant of the ever changing nature of society, the changing priorities of our nation and of the world. It is adept and is determined not to fall prey to paradigm paralysis.

This, in short, is the Kinijit I chose to support and the basis of unwritten contract signed
between the two of us. As a side note; I am not overly concerned about the current
internal crisis for no organization worth its salt grows to be wiser and stronger without
enduring growing pain.

  1. isak
    | #1

    Kuchiye, I like the presentetion. You mentioned the main and crucial points that Kinijit stands for. That is why Kinijits struggle for democracy and human right gets many followers. Knowing the ideals of kinijit and following it saves us from dilemmas that will be created by anti-democracy elements.

  2. Azarya
    | #2

    Thanks kuchiye:

    Exactly the reasons why I also chose to support Kiniit. The progressive wing of Kinijit (I hate to mention there are wings, but what can I do?) should make not compromise on internal democracy, should distrance itself from demagogic politics and anti-deluvian politicians and move on. Our political overtures should be driven by principles and the dictates of real politcs.

  3. | #3

    Thank you Kuchiye. It is for the same reasons and more that I will support Kinijit. I hope we will eliminate the mindset of gunpower from the Ethiopian people. All Ethiopian will win and take their natural rights, freedon and democracy by peaceful means from dectators.
    Time will tell. I see the light at the end of the tannel.

    I was confused by a little bit by your mixing Ethiopian and European calander. 1953 would make me a little younger, if it reads 1960. Thank you for a good and convencing article.

  4. Zena
    | #4

    Dear Kuchiye?

    About which Kinijit are you actually talking? As far as we all can recall, there are at present about four or more Kinijit’s. And as far as I can follow events and developments, and much to my dismay, the Kinijit leadership, even those who came out from Kaliti prison in July 2007 are divided to the point that they can never be reconcile or see/talk to each other again. Moreover, each of our politically immature Kinijit leaders are persistently and tirelessly arguing that KINIJIT belongs not to anyone else but only to him or to her. The militant supporters of each Kinijit leaders are right now engaged, as they have always been, in waging an intensified Cold War against each other and in insulting the leaders of each group.

    Meles Zenawi has recently offered the divided four Kinijit leaders to participate in an urgently organized reconciliation conference to be chaired by himself – by Meles Zenawi. Melse is also working very hard and is planning to provide the radical Kinijit supporters with whistles, machetes, guns and tanks so that the Kinijit militants can root out or eradicate one another and so that Meles and his cadres can say to the world, “You see, I told you so! The so called Kinijit leaders, their supporters and the people those who voted for Kinijit are socially and culturally the same as Hutus and Tutsis. Thanks to God and to the measures under taken by my leadership, we managed to prevent an Interhamwe war in our country.”

    So, about which Kinijit are you actually talking, dear Kuchiye? Are you still talking about “One Kinijit?” as Engineer Hailu Shawel, Dr. Berhanu Nega and others, including their supporters who are insisting on hourly bases?

    Finally, I would like to wish you and all Ethiopians a very fine and pleasant Merry Christmas, a peaceful and productive 2008!


  5. Waynigus Debeb (my real name).
    | #5

    Thanks for this article. We need more of you.

    I am tired of reading all the trash, name calling about Kinijit leaders. They have sacrified a lot and they have laid a solid foundation and they don’t deserve all this bad mouthing. I hope the elected Kinijit leaders will call for a meeting soon, get rid of the trouble makers and solve the internal problems of Kinijit and start the peoples business. A better Ethiopia for all.

  6. Azarya
    | #6


    I know where u are coming from and do feel your pain. Realistically, was it fair in the first place to expect instant uniformity of purpose and strategy from people who came from four different organizations? Building a seamless organization and cultivating confidence between people takes time, even in a corporate culture. These people never had the luxury of time. They had to deal with the election on the run, with its sad aftermath and then of course with prison. When, for goodness sake, did they have time for strategy sessions and to build comraderie? I shudder to think of what took place for Meles and his party to reach single-minddeness of a scary kind. Surly, I don’t wish for that to happen in Kinijit. As Much as the drama within Kinijit frustrates us, we should also be comforted with the knowledge that best idea will emerge that will bless us for a long long time. As for Meles playing the role of grand mediator? That one tickled me a lot. Nagh!

  7. | #7

    The current Ethiopian situation is critical. I wish kinijit leaders reinforce their power(the people) and won the election again, because they stand for unity and democracy. This idea comes from God’s people and Ethiopiawinet not from apartaid.I don’t have enough word how I eppress my idea. Peace to ethiopia. “Unity is strength”

  8. moha
    | #8

    I want to be a supporter of kinicit en a member..
    any idea how?

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