Ethiopia – Why are EPRDF cadres afraid of CUD/UDJ? – By Girma Kassa (Chicago), Muziky68@yahoo.com

March 19th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

“It was CUDP then it is UDJ now! The slippery road continues.” Wrote Ato Zeru on the TPLF sympathizing Aiga forum. Didn’t Ato Zeru once write that the CUD is dead? These inconsistent stories that are posted on this website show how nervous and uncomfortable some of the TPLF cadres have become. (more…)

“It was CUDP then it is UDJ now! The slippery road continues.” Wrote Ato Zeru on the TPLF sympathizing Aiga forum. Didn’t Ato Zeru once write that the CUD is dead? These inconsistent stories that are posted on this website show how nervous and uncomfortable some of the TPLF cadres have become.

What I don’t understand is why these cadres are so much hateful towards the CUD/UDJ? Why are they afraid? Why do they keep beating up the drum day and night declaring the death, the weakness the “slippery road” …of CUD/UDJ? If they truly believe in democracy and the political programs of the party they support, then how would they miss that a strong CUD/UDJ would be good for Ethiopia and the democratic process? It just puzzles me.

The EPRDF leaders unconstitutionally incarcerated the CUD leaders for more than 20 months hoping they would put an end once and for all to the CUD phenomenon. They found out that they cannot jail the spirit of freedom and democracy. They found out that the CUD is a movement that has engulfed millions of Ethiopians within and outside Ethiopia.

Then part two continued. The ruling party robbed the name of CUD and election symbol of the CUD and gave it to individuals. They may have hoped that the CUD is only a name.

To avoid unnecessary back and forth with the regime, a new name was proposed by the CUD executives. As is custom, the CUD/UDJ requested for a standard letter of support to collect signatures. (Something that is commonly done). Per the instruction of its masters in Minilik palace, The National Electorate Board of Ethiopia again renegades on the request and refuses to give CUD/UDJ what it has been giving to others for years.

What is impressing is that , without the paper of support from NEBE, already the Ethiopian people from Ras Kassar to Moyalle, Welwel to Assossa have known about the new name and are enthusiastic about it. Ethiopians are showing that they have an organization that passed through many internal and external challenges and is still standing firm on its ground. Quiet amazing!!!

Ato Zeru et others have been consistently trying to associate the CUD/UDJ with individuals. I don’t blame them for the ruling party they support is a Marxist organization where powers lie on few individuals. If Ato Meles or Ato Sebhat Nega or the few other clicks are gone, they know the TPLF would probably collapse. (As the Derg collapsed when Mengistu Hailemariam left the country for good) Well, the CUD/UDJ is not like the EPRDF. It has shown to be an organization of the people that is based on democratic principles and where power lies at the grass root. We have seen some leaders who were putting themselves above the rule of law being held accountable. The CUD/UDJ is not Ato Hailu or Dr Berhanu or any other leader. The CUD/UDJ is more that a single or groups of individuals. Few may jump of the wagon, but the journey to democracy will not be interrupted.

Some suspects that the EPRDF cadres do not want to see democracy and accountability in Ethiopia for fear of loosing some of their illegal benefits and privileges, which they have had under this regime. They are fighting to keep the status quo because they do not want to be exposed should good governance is established in Ethiopia.

Anyway, Ato Zeru et folks can say and write whatever fantasies they may have; the people struggle for peace and democracy will continue. Whether they like it or not, the Ethiopian People will be the only owner of its destiny. And the CUD/UDJ is in the middle and at the heart of this struggle.

Already this movement of democracy and Ethiopiawinet has brought many groups together. The Spirit of KINIJIT/UDJ has also penetrated within the EPRDF. Sources from within the EPRDF are saying that intense internal discussion is currently taking place within the ruling party and that good elements of the ruling party are more and more determined to assert themselves to take back the organization from the hand of the few, and change the direction of the country towards the right path. I hope and pray these individuals will prevail for many the sacrifice paid by former EPRDF fighters would not be in vain.

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