Update on UDJP activities. – Kinijit North America Association of Support Organization (KNASSO)

April 8th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

The CUDP has been an organization, with visions and principles, which attracted tens of millions of Ethiopians from all regions, religions, ethnic groups, classes and genders. Its legal, peaceful, ethiopiawi (Ethiopian) and civil politics has unmasked the ruling party inner undemocratic behaviors and showed how shallow the power base of the latter has been. (more…)

The CUDP has been an organization, with visions and principles, which attracted tens of millions of Ethiopians from all regions, religions, ethnic groups, classes and genders. Its legal, peaceful, ethiopiawi (Ethiopian) and civil politics has unmasked the ruling party inner undemocratic behaviors and showed how shallow the power base of the latter has been.

The ruling party, nervous about the new democratic movement of the people and determined to kill the spirit of freedom and democracy, unleashed its drastic measures against the CUDP by incarcerating its leaders for more than 20 months, closing its offices, detaining thousands of its supporters, and illegally awarding the CUDP name and election symbols to others.

However, in spite of heavy onslaughts against it, the CUDP showed its strength and resilience. It reinvigorated itself and came out as a more matured, experienced, strong, broad based and effective organization. It renamed itself Unity for Democracy and Justice, selecting from more than 125 suggestions received from supporters. To collect signatures and strengthen the party structures in all weredas (districts) and zones (groups of districts), It dispatched more than 70 high level officials consisting of executive members, members of the council, member of parliaments et others of UDJ, all over Ethiopia .

The National Board requires 1500 signatures from 4 regions to register an organization. Nearly 400% of the required signatures (5800), 1292 from Southern Region, 1924 from Addis Ababa , 1248 from Amhara region, and 1109 from Oromia region and 280 From Afar regions were collected. afar_500.jpg

The reactions of the people, from Durame to Basketo, from Dessie to Metema, from Assebe Teferi to Metu from Ambo to Jimma from Danguela to Jinka it have been phenomenal and very encouraging. It shows the grass root popular base the UDJ has, and the great commitment and desire of Ethiopians to see a democratic, peaceful, united Ethiopia where the law rules and where its citizens are respected regardless of their religions, ethnic groups, classes or gender.

The wereda and zone level grass networks have been strengthened so that the organization would function in an open, transparent and democratic manner even at the lower levels.

Delegates have also clearly explained to supporters that power belongs to the people and that each UDJ supporters ought to democratically elect their own representatives to the General Assembly of the party. (The General Assembly is the higher bodies that elected the UDJ council which in turns elect the executive committee.)

As of today, the UDJ delegates have completed 75% of their missions. Few remaining areas are expected to be covered in the coming few days.

The UDJ believes in the peoples power. As Ethiopians are organized and empowered their boldness to stand for their right and their determination to change the fate of their country will grow. The UDJ believes, together, we can achieve our noble goals to see an Ethiopia that we all want to see.

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