Why I continue to be an ardent fan of peaceful struggle. – By Kuchiye

March 13th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

I want to get some facts straight. The EPRDF of today is the EPRDF of yesteryear – repressive, divisive and corrupt. The entire Kinijit leadership including Hailu, Bertukan, Mesfin, Berhanu, Berhane, Andargachew championed peaceful democratic struggle as the most appropriate for Ethiopian conditions. They earned the support of millions only because the party’s vision and the chosen mode of struggle stroke a chord across the length and breadth of the Ethiopian public. (more…)

I want to get some facts straight. The EPRDF of today is the EPRDF of yesteryear – repressive, divisive and corrupt. The entire Kinijit leadership including Hailu, Bertukan, Mesfin, Berhanu, Berhane, Andargachew championed peaceful democratic struggle as the most appropriate for Ethiopian conditions. They earned the support of millions only because the party’s vision and the chosen mode of struggle stroke a chord across the length and breadth of the Ethiopian public.

Strip peaceful struggle off Kinijit and you will end up with an entirely different animal with awfully different set of values and strategies. If the leadership decides to revisit the party’s ways, as it should from time to time, then the place to do it is its own board room and, I might add, in Ethiopia. When individuals who are in the top echelon of the party trigger public discourse over some core values without first having discussed them internally, it becomes a case of recklessness. When it is done from the safety of thousands of miles it even becomes a case of outrage.

Whilst ordinary citizens and the general public have every right to start discourse on any particular topic, the standard, unfortunately, is quite different for party and government officials. With the acceptance of public office, one actually surrenders a little bit of that “personal right” to brag and say what ever one wants. No matter how well crafted a statement an official makes claiming it is a personal view, it will always be construed as the position of the organization. That is why we see responsible politicians walk unenviable fine lines in the public arena. That is also why we should demand people we put in leadership position conform to generally accepted standards of leadership behavior and organizational codes of conduct. It matters very little whether the organization is a blue chip corporation, a democratic party or a communist party of bye gone years; ethical, moral and operational standards are what differentiate our way of life from that of animal kingdoms.

Personally, I am not in a position to declare that peaceful struggle is a failure since we have not even tried a quarter of its potent tools. On the other hand, our entire history, more so the recent one, is replete with examples of armed struggle that resulted in hundreds of thousands of lives being lost with nothing to show at the end. EPRP, OLF, TPLF, EPLF, ELF, ONLF and several others can be cited as examples. When armed struggle reached the finishing line, like it did in Eritrea and Ethiopia, the population ended up with the short end of the stick and worse of from where it started. I hate to speculate there are people among us who are still enamored by the guerilla fighting years of Mao Tse-tung and Che Guevara. Pardon me, but we live in the era of helicopter-gun-ships and satellite communication that could make the life of a guerilla force down right miserable if not devastating. Besides, how does a society that is war-weary factor into the call for armed struggle? Judging from the obscenely unpopular nature of EPRDF, couldn’t one make the case that the inherently subtle, colorless and silent ways of peaceful struggle are working?

As much as I resent armed struggle, I also resent the continued loitering in the arena of individuals who lack the patience and the skill to see a strategy succeed. It is disheartening that the very same people who advocated peaceful struggle and pleaded with millions to follow them are now hoodwinking the party and the movement at their leisure. The fabric that holds Ethiopian society is much weaker today than it was yesterday, all the more reason to exercise caution when we make choices. Choices shall never be made from the dictates of frustration and despair. Let’s be firm, let’s be resolute.

‘……but screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail.’ Shakespeare in Macbeth

  1. mere
    | #1

    Kuchiye,

    Thank you for telling Andargachew and the likes about their irresponsible act. we all know he is trying to build case for his friend Berhanu Nega, Ethiopians will never fouled again by this Arada politicians.

    We support peaceful struggle under the leadership of Birtukan Medeksa.

    Ethiopia will prevail.

  2. Azarya
    | #2

    Thank you Kuchiye, for yet another inciteful and grounded view. I am a great fan of Macbeth and loved your choice of quote.

  3. mohaaz
    | #3

    Mere;
    why do you have to resort to inflamatory rhetorc. What Andargachew and Kuchiye did is debate on issues that are being thought of by many Ethiopians both at home and abroad. Kinijit Ethiopia is clear on its firm stand on peaceful struggle. It is possible that some of its former memebers may think that there is an alternative approach to the struggle. these people are not doing this in hiding. They are writing in lengthy pages their views. To be fair, they are also getting responses from every corenr in similar fashion. This is normal and healthy for the struggle and for Ethiopia. Your name calling does not help anybody.

  4. diddil
    | #4

    Mohaaz:

    As far as Andargachew is a high level cud official, he should be very careful in choosing words. If he wants to talk about armed struggle then he can do it joining EPPF or EPRP and not while he is still kinijit.

    Dil Le Ethipia

  5. yilma
    | #5

    Why so much anger and condemnation because a discussion was opened on a legitimate subject. It should be enough to state your position with supporting evidence. There is no need to question others motives. I believe we are intelligent enough to listen to all sides and make our own informed conclusion. A plethora of adjectives and and high sounding phrases do not make an argument. Let us not forget that the force we are struggling against is not some pacifist outfit but rather a highly armed group of die hard individuals who have refused to listen to reason and accommodation. In my opinion revisiting the subject of peaceful resistance is wise and an intelligent debate will help us in the long run. There is no need to be hysterical about the issue. Chill!!

  6. Paltalk guy
    | #6

    Dear Kuchiye
    what you dont undrstand is woyanne will still
    continue on power for 100 years if we continue to struggel with peacefull means . unless you are woaynne and do some bussnies with
    them you should not write this type of garbage Artikel . i know you can eat 4 times a day but your brothers and sisters in Ethiopia they can not even eat on meal a day .and you say this Shame on you .

  7. Robele Ababya
    | #7

    Ethiopia has for centuries been a victim of repeated external aggression coupled with costly internal civil striffes unleashed by dictators to grab power by force through bloodshed. This trend has to stop by replacing it with succession to power through the ballot box.
    The spirit of KINIJIT must be kept alive for it offers a lasting solution to war-torn Ethiopia for the last several decades. Peaceful struggle for democratic change is an idea whose time has come for Ethiopians weary of civil striffes of the past and present. Coordinated massive civil disobedience will bring the TPLF to its knees – unity in diversity is surely the potent weapon to do that.

  8. sam
    | #8

    Let every one struggle with his or her own means against TPLF . Armed or bare handed. With carrots or sticks. Every one has a God given right to protect himself/herself from tyranny. That right is nether limited to armed struggle nor bound to peaceful demonstration. The choice of one’s means of struggle should only be a headache to TPLF. Not for the opposition.

    Internet blog is my means of struggle.
    Peace out

  9. Dani
    | #9

    You can not add 2 and 3 to get 7 in the ordinary addition operation.Had you been understanding the real position of peaceful struggle in Ethiopia,you would have argued to the contrary. With due respect, either you are from TPLF camp or some one failing short of knowing the dice and slice politics of Ethiopia. Here is just a very simple and straightforward question for you,
    what do you do if peaceful struggle does not work in Ethiopia? Any peaceful struggle has been treated like a crime in Ethiopia. It has absolutely been no less of it!

  10. koratu
    | #10

    Dear mere
    I read your comment and I can’t help it but to smile when ever i see the KIC clan jumping up and dawn when ever they smell theorical dividion within the true Kinijit Leaders.

    You could have simply stated your idea without insulting Mr. Andargachew or Dr. Berhanu. Keep in mind that Andargachew and the likes are true Ethiopians who never betrayed their people and the strugle unlike Hailu Shawel or his clan.

    Keep Moving

  11. From Windsor
    | #11

    Windsor Ontario, Canada

    Windsor Onario is one of the worst and ugly Ethiopian community compare to all Ethiopian communities in North American. even Our orthodox church is devided by tribe, and the house GOD becoming the house tribalism and narrowism. The Amara radio that is broadcasting once a week also filled with filth of hate propoganda by attacking and insulting oromos and Tigrean Ethiopians.

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