Who Said What: Remarks of Jailed Opposition Leader Habtamu Ayalew on Press Freedom and Developmental State (Video)

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41 Responses

  1. Yoyo says:

    God bless you hatamu,,,,, woyanne have only big mouth don’t have ear

  2. Tesfalehulum says:

    Habtamu is an outstanding young man jailed by the fascist TPLF becuse he only says Ethiopians deserve better.

  3. Beza says:

    This guy is exactly copycat of Meles look how is moving his hands, even the way he hook his head. He was criticizing Zadig for his expression of the definition of developmental state. His speech is only accusations of the best government.

    He is criticizing the way the government handling the Cobble stone construction workers. By the way his party was criticizing the cobble stone construction by itself now he is talking to think positive about it. He is criticizing about Meles doctrine not sunk on the mind of the Party members, and he was the only one who understood the way Meles wrote.

    I have never seen anything mentioned by him, solutions by him to overcome the problems on the press freedom. The problem of the opposition parties is only to criticize by the words without putting any solutions on the table. Some people think because of this speech he was thrown to prison the guy was warning and try to scare people who are public servants by collaboration with G7 figure Andargachew Tsige. He stood for the manipulator merchants who are trying to exploit the consumers and the other interested groups. Of course the government should do something to make the market stable what is wrong with that?

    He finished his lecture only on explanation of Ato Zadig. He finished without being convinced by the conduct of the meeting alas. The typical achberbari kuchbelu style. He brought some of his supporters to laugh and beat a drum from behind. Did you hear the laugh behind when he was doing MASHMUATET. Is this the guy who was beating a drum and leading the demonstration at Bahirdar by insulting the public servant? Is this the way to measure the heroes in politics? It is better to keep him away far from politics. When I see this guy it reminds me the Derg cadres denfata. Compare Zadig and him the way they explain things. Education wise also their difference is big.

    • Limatawi Artist says:

      Shermutit (Beza) I hope this is gone be your last semester. I can see it clearly soon you will go to hell to join the parrot dictator Meles Zenawi at hail. You are gimatam shermuta capable of anything for money. I am sure no one with a clean conscious sleep with you, but since what all matter to you is money go and sleep with monkeys and gorillas and exhibit for tourists that way you can make enough money. Agasses

      • jo says:

        Limatawi artist, Asadagi yebedeleh balege neh. Lenatihm kibr yelehm. Wirgat

        • Limatawi Artist says:

          Enante woyanewoch gar fitih yelem, ewnet yelem, hager yelem, lualawinet yelem, mebt yelem, enante yemtayut hodachihun bicha new. Yemitallachihun firfari eskagegnachihu dires hager biwedim hager bitefa hizb birab woyim biseded min gid yilachihual. Shermutit beza lemsale woyane sigedil hulu shintwan getra new tikikil new yemtlew. Jo yimegebachihu kuankua ye chaka ena ye menged slehone be rasachihu kuankua lanagrachihu bye new. Asamawoch

          • Beza says:

            Limatawi Ar. You are an a**hole who can not think with brain. May be you have some kind of health problems so you better check it out. You are admiring Habtamu because he is discrediting the Government in which, you calling Woyane. EPRDF is strong government which led Ethiopia to the bright future in every aspect. In economic sector it has registered double digits growth, in military it has overrun the Militia of Derg like you and your master Shabiya. There are so many things it has accomplished so far. EPRDF is blessing of God and the present from almighty God. I am sure it is hard for you to swallow because, you are uneducated and low. I can tell from your writing you are Aram.

          • jo says:

            Yadegkibet menged yebedeleh. Betesebun asedabi

          • da says:

            Limatawi Artist

            I think you are new to Sedbo Ader Beza and Sedbo Ader Jo.
            Beza and Jo are not interested in politics or as you said they are not Woyanes.
            They are Sedbo Aderoch. They are hired by the government to insult people.
            They collect few coins per line of insult.
            So, there is no need to respond to them.

        • Beza says:

          Thanks jo. What do you expect from ignorant idiots. That’s why I like EPRDF. AT LEAST THEY HAVE RESPECT. KEZIH Balager Artist Gondere yemitebk silehone minim madreg aychalim. Thanks God EPRDF is tough government. They are admiring this guy because he is a De con and insult factory. I watched him on bahrdar self. Men he is a disaster. Denbegna yemender yesergbet zefagn.

          • Limatawi Artist says:

            Anchin ena Ewnetin hod ataltoachihu minim neger mayet yamtchiyi yetegedebsh denez ye mender shermuta nesh. You and truth are in constant fight. There is no way you can come to reasoning, because for hodam agases like you what really matter is filling your fat belly. You like it or not soon woyane will become history and arams like you will be thrown to the garbage bin a place where you should be held on. Agases Banda.
            MOT LE WOYANE

          • da says:

            Sedbo Aderoch Beza and Jo,

            Again insulting people.
            you write nothing important; but insult.

          • Beza says:

            Dawit, sedbo aderoch alk ferjeh motehal. Ahun degmo simihin asatireh metah. I know you are not capable of doing anything except writing two paragraphs at max.

            I have seen your comment, to correct my misspelled extinguisher, I thank you for the correction. But, asked you the question that on the day fire extinguisher was sprayed at you Shimgles, on 8th of December, the guy with banner “don’t intermediate the politicians” was not correct. You should tell him to correct that. I am commenting for few audience but, that guy appearing for the public holding that sign, it will make all of us. Thanks for Mesfin Bezu he posted it and let us know.

          • jo says:

            Beza, be endezih aynet abat emiadgu lijoch ayasaznum. Ke abatachew endezih aynet sidb eyetemaru mn kumneger ynorachewal.

    • Lemesa says:

      Denkoro silehonk eko new yalgebah. Muticha!!

  4. Sophoniase says:

    Wow great speech ever

  5. haftom says:

    He relly stupid How is speech ,…He don’t nothing vision he juston complain only against government….ahun agegahat Ezaw kalti tega keagoth ga yimechih

  6. Tatek says:

    In his State of the Union Address to the nation in 1987, President Reagan stated that many countries have written in their Constitution provisions for freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Assembly. Well if this is true, the President continued, why is the Constitution of the United States so exceptional? The difference is so small that it almost escapes you, but it is so great it tells you the whole story in just three words: WE THE PEOPLE. Reagan was telling Americans that in the US, whoever exercises public Authority does it within the limits of the power he or she was given by the people or risks being booted from public office. In Ethiopia though, as Habtamu rightly put it, the TPLF and its puppet Coalition partners dictate what power, if any, we Ethiopians enjoy as a people. They are right to tell us that the Developmental State policy of the regime whose foundation is built on the myths of Revolutionary Democracy is the only way to run Ethiopia. They are Revolutionaries after all, and they and not us, are the owners and engineers of everything the nation has to offer. And of course, it is crystal clear that if they are the ones to determine what freedoms we Ethiopians are entitled to, they can also take it away at a time of their choosing as they see fit. In the absence of Meles’ smart ability to maneuver, not to mention his masterful capability to read what’s in the opposition’s and the public’s warehouse, the regime was panicking and its nerves were getting the better of it. As one issue followed another in the continued public resistance to TPLF’s iron fist rule, the Govt could only be chasing ghosts in a house of mirrors: it keeps running in one direction only to find the apparition pop up behind it. Time and again we were told that the OLF was now a spent force and the nation should forget dreaming about being chased down by the separatist forces. And again, we were told ‘’wait a minute’’, they are still the single most threat to national security and nothing less than a tough legislation to brand them as terrorists could make Ethiopia safe. And then Ginbot 7, and now Andnet— and Semayawi, and then bloggers and the list goes on . God, how many more tough legislations do we need to keep us safe and stop dreaming by forcing the mushrooming opposition in line with the concept of ‘’Revolutionary Democracy’’? Only heaven knows the answer. Despite the regime telling us that it was registering a double digit growth for the last decade or so, a third of our National budget comes from donors and creditors and if that stops for a week or so, not to mention a skyrocketing public debt and the cost of servicing that debt annually which is about forty percent of our annual budget, the Economy will surely hit a wall.

    With a rapidly increasing population and exponentially rising cost of living, the nation could be headed to a financial crisis and the regime may find itself increasingly unpopular, even to its own hardcore supporters, but in any case is too much a victim and a prisoner of the patronage imperatives and its own Revolutionary democratic myth to be able to change its ways.

    • Ash says:

      The U.S. Constitution was formally adopted on Sept. 17, 1787. (226 years old)

      The Civil Rights Act of 1866 granted citizenship and the same rights enjoyed by white citizens to all male persons in the United States “without distinction of race or color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude.”

      Johnson not only vetoed the bill but he also attacked it as race legislation that would encourage a life of wasteful laziness for Southern blacks.

      Even so American constitution guarantee black right…it took almost 125+ years for black able to vote in 1964 cilivl right act..

      So pls don’t ever think we can perfect our in few years..

      My second point the opp. Party are former slave owner who lost a war to their slave …now the former slave have power the salve master try to be more demarcate the the salve and trying to hoodwinking the power from the slave hand only to slave him again..

      No normal people think opp. Party r more democracy then TPLF..

      They preaching about corruption, my question is if we get G/7 we will be free from corruption is that what they tell us.

      They preach about government control the business , so how in hell are we going to build dam do we have private business that can invest billion? How in hell we going to create billion dollars private business …if we don’t have one should we wait until we have those private business or we should math on until the economy create them

      They preach about why government doing retail what this people think about Walmart..they r big and doing retail …their is no shame about doing retail..until the economy create our Walmart otherwise we can’t give it it is not lottery the business must come from bottom

      They preach about individual and group right

      To be honest I don’t get it what the hell it mean individual right…if I come to American should American learn Amharic because I have individual right to speak Amharic … I remember when EPRP kill for saying wasza Adara ( day worker ) another saying Laba Adra

  7. Tagash says:

    One thing that this guy succinctly put which has never been done so, as such, by any opposition “intellectual” is the statement he made about the presence of poverty hand in hand with a development state. He rhetorically asked his audience to mention any country that has achieved double digit growth and yet still be in poverty.

    One thing you and your likes don’t understand is that we as a nation started the development state from a near Zero national asset base and a negative growth rate, we were dirt poor. It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist or a smart Wall Street financial guru to figure out that, unfortunately the effect of the double digit growth rate over the last several years on our bottom-line, on our national asset and on our poverty status would have been negligible, hence we would still have been poverty stricken. Even if by any miracle we have had a triple digit growth rate (that is, doubled our GDP every year) so far and if we continue to achieve the triple digit growth rate for the foreseeable future, sad to say, but mother Ethiopia would still have been dirt poor and with rampant poverty.

    But thanks to the wise leadership of EPRDF, we are biting away poverty a person at a time and hopefully if not in our lifetime, in our children’s life time Ethiopia will for sure reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Take my word for it!

    As usual, full of empty rhetoric. Nothing new has been said by this guy, nothing tangible. You and your likes have no better ideas to present as an alternative. Please stick to your real rallying cries of “tigre gezan,” “tigre bezebezen,” “Asaben aswesedubin,” “asrarat teklai gizatochin atefubin,“ “begosa kefafelun,” etc. Those used to be your most useful rallying cries that worked in the past. You guys used to be good at those. What happened this time? Don’t pretend to be concerned about the prosperity of our country and the wellbeing of the people, please.

    • Beza says:

      Tagash, well and articulated analysis if they understand. The guy is going nuts when ever he talk and to ridicule anybody the typical way of ignorance. Thank you for mentioning that Ethiopia was negative when EPRDF took the power. The capacity of hydro electric power was 300mw for the whole country now 4000mw. It might be enough at that time because people like Limatawi Artist were reading their books by Kuraz. Forgetting all this they are in front line to discredit the performance of the country. When you talk about the infrastructure of Addis, oh the plan was there when Hailessilasie and Mengistu were there in power. They will say this and that.

  8. Zellalem says:

    This is how looks like and behave someone when he/she brainwashed with something he has no idea what it is, how it works, for whom, by whom, who is behind and for what reason? It reminds during the Derge era when the dumps were shouting telling how important was Marxism and Leninism without knowing the ideology from inside out. However, the Ashkenazi Jewish creation Neo Liberal is worse than any form of political system/ideology the world have seen after slavery where the Ashkenazi Jewish were the main slave traders.

    only during the Jewish Holiday which is Saturday was slave market closed because of they are the one running the show which is selling and buying slaves for hundreds years. They were running the international slave trade more than they do today with International affairs, financial markets and stock exchanges in NY where at least some individuals around the world are participating in the game based on the Ashkenazi Jewish rule.

    So, does he know about the reason of neo liberalism birth, where, when and by whom? Does he know how it is going to work in Ethiopia for Ethiopians benefit by Ethiopians or is he their little head agent to hand over the country to the known criminals that are intensively working for these reasons for years now being in the country using different reasons for the same outcome.

    if any policy, way of life, culture, custom or anything has to do with the nation is directly copied from abroad without knowing what it is, who is behind, what kind benefit Ethiopia gets from and how it will work, is a disaster and suicide. Those things must come from inside out within. Or if it has to be copied, it must be copied not entirely but making it based on the Ethiopian situation and benefit.

    Look at the English Empire, USA and Even Israel. We are too different from them in many many ways. Therefore, the things they have are working for them but could be very damaging for us because we don’t know them and we cannot make them work for us the way they do for themselves.

    He also said “Alem yetelewotebet”
    1. What is Alem in his mind? Are they only the USA, England and Israel that are the master minders behind the neo Liberal merciless and greedy imperialism policy where the few gets the rights, possibilities, wealth and power while the rest have to be like herd of animals (their workers and consumers) for their huge profit?

    Inexperienced and brainwashed individuals must not get right, space or place to destroy the nation in the name of anything including the facked up corrupted western democracy where only the few are participating in the election and the very minorities are taking the nations as private properties. Look at USA, It is number one in the world with the Number of crimes and prisoners. More than 3 Millions of them are in jail where most of them are blacks despite they are the minorities in the country. Look how the system/police is shooting and killing blacks and go free as if they do worth nothing or they are in the slavery era. Look who owns the wealth, politics and everything good there?
    It is the same in Little England too. A tiny country in terms of territory (only 130.000KM2 which is 1/9 of Ethiopia) England is number one in Europe with the number of prisoners and poor people. Who is inside? Look how blacks are living there.
    And go to Israel and observe how the bête Israelis are living there and getting the treatments. They even intentionally and with well planned and executed policy are destroying them targeting their roots, history and belonging to make them shame and empty instead of proud and worthy.

    “It is not allowed to speak Amharic” is created and first started in Israel against the bête Israeli before this idea come to Ethiopia to destroy Ethiopian Children in their own place. Injecting and castrating without the knowledge of the Victims including in Addis Ababa and Gonder started against the bête Israeli before it planted and widespread affected the Highland Ethiopians. Not only that they reputedly telling them particularly the children from the start to grown with shame, hate and disassociation from Ethiopia telling them as if they were discriminated in Ethiopia and also telling them how Ethiopia is poor….

    All these is happening to make them grow with nothing for their own but being like animals to serve them as it was the case to the slaves. Then according to the plan they will use them as reasons and weapons against Ethiopia and Africa which is their main agenda and plan from the start, not really they do care about them and accept them as real Jewish with full right and…

    The truth is that the nastiest and evil racism is happening there. Russian Immigrants have own school, TV channel, Cultural activities and everything related to Russia. But not the Ethiopians. why? Because they worth nothing and is their plan to destroy anything they have for their own and make them worthy human. Instead they will use them like tools and animals to serve them while suffering the suffers they are facing.

    Neo liberalism is part of it. These inexperience and ignorant is also part of it to serve them. He knows nothing about the true nature of democracy let alone the Neo liberalism. One thing is clear, he can cry the way no one understands him because of he speaks a kind of language no one knows what it is poisoning Amharic with English while trying to hide his stupidity and ignorance.
    If he is a politician with his own brain, policy and worthy agenda, he needs to speak a clean, clear and pure language in order to make the people understand him. But what he is doing is making the people confuse because of they don’t understand him even the language he is speaking let alone the idea and agenda he has which is looks like implanted on him by the foreign specialists. .

    He needs to grow up.

    • Kebede says:

      this is the best and wise analysis ,for those who have the ability of seeing things in different directions.
      Well done sir…

    • Yuyazvisionary says:

      Zelalem I really appreciate the strong courage n initiation u took to brief each of us and of course z depth of ur analysis is good enough to be taught at a college level. Bzw z speaker(in z video) donot understand n will never understand wat u said as z gap between his knowledge in politics (ideology matter) and urs is as huge as something which I couldn’t imagine — I personally know z guy n his intellectual level

  9. ethiio says:

    He is a smart guy who knows what he is talking about but woyane doesn’t like and need smart people. Unless you are 5th grader, you have NO place in Ethiopia at ALL.Sad, very sad!

  10. Mills says:

    Beza, in all fairness,No one is denying Ethiopia has progressed massively from the times of Mengistu, But it has come at an Expense and that expense is Freedom of the People and press. In your comments your really oblivious and naive in that area and to be frank its the highlight of his speech. It feels like you hate to admit it. But hey, if i am impartial, Ethiopia needs an Authoritarian Government, the question is to what extent.

    • Beza says:

      Mills, I can’t differentiate whether you are female or male, according to your name. But, I like the civilized way of putting your thoughts in this perspective. I like peoples genuine outlook.

      When we come to this guy speech, I don’t think because of his speech he is in jail at the moment. You can refer the video of YouTube posted on his erratic rhetoric on Bahrdar self. They could have put him at that time when he was insulting public servants. That era has gone as long they don’t try to harm people and property they can exercise their constitutional rights. Don’t forget because of his erratic behavior he was expelled from EPRDF. EPRDF as far as I researched their history they have no stomach for such kind of behavior within, I want to remind you that, that erratic behavior was the reason for his expulsion. That kind of behavior might be helpful for the Derg era but not for EPRDF.

      Having that in mind , as you mentioned, the economic growth in its high time, but, there are people who deny that fact on the ground. You can not convince those people because they are in their daydream. This guy one of them. No one deny, to have genuine change but, who are those people on the scene to bring the change. What’s their policy? DO THEY HAVE CLEAR CUT ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND SECURITY POLICIES TO UPLIFT THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE TALKING AND BEATING TO START THE WAR TO RETAKE Asab. Is it really possible to do that in the reality we live now? If it is possible the government/EPRDF/ is capable of doing that right now. Militarily we can win but, can we win without having economic and diplomatic consequences? Think genuinely forget the comments of some delusional people like Tesfa bis comments. We have comparative peace all over the country, that’s why we registered double digits growth. I am not denying, the problems of the country like corruption, abuse of power , backward infrastructure and so on. But as a country where we were 20 years ago and where are we right now? That’s the question I want to throw it to you for now thank you for your genuine comment.

      • Mills says:

        Your more than Welcome.
        I understand it is easy to be critical without knowing the intrinsic background.
        firstly, the title of this video gave me the impression that he was arrested for the claims he made in this video, thank you for Educating me on that matter but the fact and matter is he was most probably prosecuted for these eye opening points he unleashed.

        Yes, Ethiopia has climed Great moutains under this government,Again No is denying that, hence why i appreciate your stance.

        Your points regarding the cabability of the opposition are only valid because this Government has not given them the opportunity to develop and actually challenge them, currently the authority of EPRDF is so enormous and deep that they will easy rule for next decade without a doubt.
        we here Political leaders and journalist here and there being arrested in the name of terrorisim, common Beza, lets be speak from Impartial grounds.
        In Ethiopia Awrambatimes will probably wont last a month, because promoting a differant stand does not fit the goverments agenda

        In real terms there is currently No oposition, without a real opposition how can a country really grow in the manner it should, like with improvents in distribution of wealth and standard of living.
        I feel a Real and undisrupted Oposition is neccessary.

        On a positive note, A lot of us Ethiopians we Take peace in Ethiopia for Granted. hence this leads to my point of having an Authoritarian Government, when i think of our diversity and think of a colapse in the government i think of Civil war, one which is worse than one we are witnessing in Arab World.

        • Beza says:

          Mills, I appreciate the genuine response of yours. There are differences between your ideas and mine but, that doesn’t mean we are enemies.

          When you see, the opposition groups, they are always swimming in blame game pool. This has been going on for the last 23 years. It didn’t work so, don’t you think to change the tactics to win?

          First, they have to make themselves free,from the Diaspora so called activists. I blame those people for being obstacle, in 2005 election. You remember how the opposition got a lot of seats in that election but, that victory vanished when they abandoned their seats. The cause is the Diaspora war monger group. The tantamount effort of the opposition went down to the drain at that time.

          The people who joined the Parliament were considered as traitors. This has created the fracture in opposition. That impact is haunting them still now. Some of the opposition groups were admitting that was their miscalculation. But that was too late because, the momentum has changed. Some of them are blaming the government for their failure, by mentioning their cadres played a role, by infiltrating, on their meeting with the people who elected them to the parliament. I suspect that, your ideas are driven from this perspective. The opposition groups, instead of using conspiracy theories all the time, it is better to bundle up, their acts together and make clear stand.

          Look, the remaining time for election is 4 months, still they didn’t decide to go for election, repeatedly they are talking about changing the government by people’s SUNAMI, which they can’t. Their followers are divided by their leaders fight for power with in. Their struggle is tainted with ugly and vigorous hit from every direction. Are you blaming this on the government? You can not mix violence and peace. You have to choose one unless and otherwise the disaster they are causing on themselves will be irreversible. Calling demonstration all the time is not the way to approach political arenas. Thanks.

          • Mills says:

            Interesting points you have mentioned, some commentators in this article sounds like their preaching and others go beyond what is neccessary and thus completely miss the point.

            Looking at your previous comments i really wouldnt have anticipated your humbleness.
            Despite our differant ideologies ,we had a civilised dialogue based on our love for Ethiopia.
            Thank you Beza.
            Long Live Ethiopia

            Million.

          • Beza says:

            Million, I have read your interesting comments about the contributors of this website. Well, that’s what democracy all about, I like this website Awramba and Nazret; because they are entertaining the views from both sides unlike, the Ethiopian people Ainina Joro ESAT.

            I know, your judgment about me, came out from the comments I was directing to some, senseless comment writers. I truly believe, these kind of people must be told who they are because, we are more than what they are trying to convince us to be, as Ethiopians.

            I am willing to have civilized conversation with any body, by respecting his or her beliefs. That core value of dialog is missing in our part. I am sure, some people on this blog are the age of my father. Some of them are using different names to disseminate their ill ideas. These kind of people must educate themselves. They start blaming the government for the burning of Taitu Hotel which doesn’t make any sense. If they want to destroy that kind of historical places Mengistu’s statue at Tikuranbesa hospital would have been the first one. Judge it by your genuine human way of thinking. Those kind of comments make me sick. Thanks Mills, for your civilized way of putting your thoughts.

            Bezawit.

  11. Mills says:

    Zelalem, that was a very through evaluation but what do you say about Economic growth that had little contribution from the private sector?, i am sure you that agree governments should not be competing with domestic firms instead they should facilitate the growth of private sector, this consensus stands in every part of world. Also, HE PROPOSED A DIFFERANT TYPE OF VIEW, RIGHT OR WRONG IS FOR THE PEOPLE TO DECIDE. Now, his in jail for the exact reason he said others were being prosecuted for Which is “PROPOSING A DIFFERANT TYPE OF VIEW OR OPPOSING VIEW”.
    Is that even morally correct letalone for country that claims to be DEMOCRATIC.

    Anyone, who genuinely disagrees with me please enlighten me of your thinking.

  12. Tatek says:

    Ash, I saw some interesting points that you put in something that appeared to be my reply, though you stopped short of stating so. You mentioned the US civil Rights Act, and if or not it was humanely plausible to claim Ethiopia could be fully democratic in few years. I never said and never expect Ethiopia to be a dancing democracy like the US in just two decades. I fully understand that building a democratic system is not an event; it is rather a process that could take decades—perhaps centuries. You attempted to make a case by saying it took the US more than two centuries to bring the Civil Rights Act to being, but that doesn’t change the fact that the founders of the nation always meant to leave the power to determine who holds public office in the US on the hands of Americans. Furthermore, Ethiopians just like their American counterparts want to be a free society whose building and sustaining is reminiscent to a three legged stool: On one leg you find a democratic GOVT, on the second a free market economy and on the third a Civil Society—the civic associations, religious institutions, voluntary efforts, NGOs and individual acts that together weave the very fabric of a democratic life. Whether you are a Govt official or someone so close to the regime as you call yourself WE, which I understand is to mean the Govt, Ethiopians see the TPLF/EPRDF as nothing more than a collection of like-minded groups who came together and cooked-up a dirty back room deal to circumvent the people’s will to govern themselves by electing their representatives at the ballot box. Where they saw an evil in Republican absolutism and the Democrats’ relativism, Americans depended on the free press and civic institutions to help them judge as to who could be trusted with public office. In Ethiopian case, your friends made sure Ethiopians couldn’t get that as the regime had been very heavy-handed on the free press; own the Military as we saw the Chief of Staff of the TPLF Defense forces saying recently in Tigray that he loathed the opposition; remote-control the Courts by subordinating them to the Minister of Justice (an appointee of the Executive), and control the Electoral Board by making the head of the Electoral Board a member of the cabinet and the list goes on. Heaven knows if any opposition is democratic than your TPLF but despite the Govt’s effort to try to make sure that even calling their name is a capital crime, the OLF still appears more popular than all the four Coalition parties combined that TPLF stooge Hailemariam Desalegn told the local press months ago that his regime may entertain talks with former OLF leader Lencho Letta should he enter the country but having him to participate in the upcoming polls is not, under any circumstances, what the regime is ready to countenance.

    The regime may try to preach that its core duty to Ethiopians is to try to register a double digit growth; even downplaying to the extent possible that inflation is under control and the cost of living is manageable but the reality is that inflation is much higher than what the Govt says it is, the Birr is becoming nothing more than the shillings of neighboring nations Kenya and Uganda and frustratingly higher debt-servicing cost is the main burden hanging on the neck of the Ethiopian economy.

    • ash says:

      Tatek, be honest with me do u think the opposition will be any better then TPLF?

      do u think they will keep the language right where the oromo speak their own language.

      do u think they will keep the flag right where other region have their own flag ?

      do u think the opposition must win to call the election fair or the opposition also can lose and accept lost or they are there only to win and they will never accept lose if they lose they will do demonstration and revolution to get back their lose vote or they go to court and fight their right which is it

  13. Beza says:

    Mills, I appreciate the genuine response of yours. There are differences between your ideas and mine but, that doesn’t mean we are enemies.

    When you see, the opposition groups, they are always swimming in blame game pool. This has been going on for the last 23 years. It didn’t work so, don’t you think to change the tactics to win?

    First, they have to make themselves free,from the Diaspora so called activists. I blame those people for being obstacle, in 2005 election. You remember how the opposition got a lot of seats in that election but, that victory vanished when they abandoned their seats. The cause is the Diaspora war monger group. The tantamount effort of the opposition went down to the drain at that time.

    The people who joined the Parliament were considered as traitors. This has created the fracture in opposition. That impact is haunting them still now. Some of the opposition groups were admitting that was their miscalculation. But that was too late because, the momentum has changed. Some of them are blaming the government for their failure, by mentioning their cadres played a role, by infiltrating, on their meeting with the people who elected them to the parliament. I suspect that, your ideas are driven from this perspective. The opposition groups, instead of using conspiracy theories all the time, it is better to bundle up, their acts together and make clear stand.

    Look, the remaining time for election is 4 months, still they didn’t decide to go for election, repeatedly they are talking about changing the government by people’s SUNAMI, which they can’t. Their followers are divided by their leaders fight for power with in. Their struggle is tainted with ugly and vigorous hit from every direction. Are you blaming this on the government? You can not mix violence and peace. You have to choose one unless and otherwise the disaster they are causing on themselves will be irreversible. Calling demonstration all the time is not the way to approach political arenas. Thanks.

  14. Tatek says:

    Ash,

    While I believe the judgment as to if or not the opposition is better than the TPLF exclusively belongs to Ethiopians—as it has been my firm belief that the TPLF are as Ethiopians as the opposition, party popularity assessments based on Public Policy Research show that none of the opposition parties in the country right now are any close to unseating the ruling party. As the regime rightly feared and sidelined, the biggest threats to unseating the TPLF/EPRDF are Ginbot 7 and OLF. If these two parties worked together and significantly improved their organizational tact and successfully seduced Ethiopians, they can unseat the regime in a landslide— even carrying parts of Tigray like Mekelle and Aksum. If TPLF was like a fish outside water without OPDO support, OLF and Ginbot 7 wouldn’t even need a Tigray vote to win a national election with a landslide victory. But to cut a big slack as a pay back to the TPLF, the OLF may still hatch a deal with certain elements from within Tigray with promises of prominent cabinet positions in a possible OLF/Ginbot 7 Govt and fat sweeteners from Addis Ababa to condemn the TPLF to a dustbin of history. As to if or not Oromo Language would be respected if the opposition won, that was an OLF victory after all, and as Ginbot 7 officials have put it themselves, they may even elevate Afan Oromo as an official language alongside Amharic. With issues of the Regional flags, the public in each region may decide as to what they want to do with them but the OPDO flag may surely go and possibly replaced by an OLF one— if the Oromo public choose so. The Ethiopian flag would be reinstated and public opinion looked into to see if there is any public appetite to change it—if there appears to be one, both OLF and Ginbot 7 have been very clear that they want a national public referendum on the issue. The other point you mentioned was if the opposition needed to win the election themselves to call it free and fair. To be honest, NO. This last Sunday I watched a downloaded Soccer Match between Manchester United and South Hampton at Old Trafford, UK. South Hampton won the match, their first win at Old Trafford in 27 years. I could see the euphoria and ecstasy in the eyes of crying South Hampton supporters in that historic day in the history of their team. Humbling as it was, United players and supporters accepted the defeat with grace. This, I think, is what our politicians will need to learn. But the concern on the part of the opposition is that the Electoral Board and the Courts should be trusted by all sides to referee the Election fairly—which unfortunately is a well-founded argument. The Govt’s argument was it was doing exceptionally well at the economic front and the opposition’s cry for political freedom wouldn’t fly, but it should be noted that economic prosperity and political freedom are very necessary partners in a complex nation like ours.

    Thanks to the opposition’s fractured organizational tact and reckless party discipline, the TPLF/EPRDF had dominated and run the nation as they saw fit for over two decades now, and whether they realized it or not, their continued grip on power is becoming a wasting asset; but once again Ethiopians would have to keep wandering between the Govt’s anxiety about an evil opposition and the opposition’s anxiety about a Govt ruling at gunpoint.

  15. Careless says:

    No one REALLY cares about this country any more….
    The Generation, Government, Oppositions,……everyone talks for some gain.
    I found all the above comments careless and , I even discovered my self as careless.

    Hulachinim Yaw new…
    80% of Habesha these days: Hametegna(53 Pc), Ashqabach(100 Pc), Belategna (sew) (56Pc), Emiyamulich (Siyizut) (54Pc), Shach (Hager) (76Pc), Hasetegna (Meskari) (76Pc), Asmesay (99%)

    Careless

  16. Bary says:

    It looks there are intellectuals in this discussion. What I have noticed is. When people are saying something related to ideology, politics,logic and conscious thinking those who are using trash words to blame each other disappear. If you see the trend when there are logical lengthy opinions from different perspectives, those who annoy us blaming each other disappear. Let us use this method to teach them to listen and learn more before speaking/blaming others. Who know they may change.

    Coming back to the speech and the opinions listed above, I think we are not learning from history. Sometimes just like the saying “Athamo besewe seyezute…” we from the corner don’t see the geopolitics issues that Ethiopia has always been influenced in terms of political ideology, head of state influence, religious impacts, economic and social systems. Who can surely say we Ethiopians decided by our the political ideology, head of state , top religious leaders, economic and social systems since early 20 century. It was all the geopolitics fire who catch us on the move. Then regimes play their role on the go. What we ask regimes to be are as fair as possible for the community. Otherwise it will take us many many decades to be as free as we want. Besides we are poor and incapable of dealing with our internal/external issues..when we open our hand for assistance all the influence will come triple or more times. What to do the every regime would like to stay for ever and the people/country needs assistance….there fore “Sanewode Begede Ke Leji Eyassu Jemerene Eske Ahune Be Geo-politics influnce enewatetalene…” Kechalene kezehe azurite lemewetate memokere ena ye hezebune neqate helina masadege endehume orginal taught yalewe social policy develop maderge newe enje….political ideology and economic systems are not in our hand…

  17. Bary says:

    Corrected
    It looks like their are a few intellectuals in this discussion. What I have noticed is; when people are saying something related to ideology, politics,logic and conscious thinking; those who are using trash words to blame each other disappear. If you see the trend in most forums, when there are logical lengthy opinions from different perspectives, those who annoy us/drag us down blaming each other disappear. Let us use this method to learn and see hings from different perspective and teach them as well to listen and learn more before speaking/blaming/disrupting others. Who knows they might change.

    Coming back to the speech and the opinions listed above, I think we are not learning from history. Sometimes just like the saying “Athamo besewe seyezute…” we from the corner don’t see the geopolitics issues that Ethiopia has always been influenced in terms of political ideology, head of state influence, religious impacts, economic and social systems. Who can surely say we Ethiopians decided by ourselves the political ideology, head of state , top religious leaders, economic and social systems since the early 20th century. It was all the geopolitics fire who catch us on the move. Then regimes play their role on the go. What we ask regimes to be is; Please be as fair as possible, as genuine as possible for the community. Otherwise it will take us many many decades to be as free as we want. Besides we are poor and incapable of dealing with our internal/external issues..when we open our hand for assistance all the influence will come triple or more times. What to do? every regime would like to stay for ever and the people/country needs assistance….there fore “Sanewode Begede Ke Leji Eyassu Jemerene Eske Ahune Be Geo-politics influnce enewatetalene…” Kechalene kezehe azurite lemewetate memokere ena ye hezebune neqate helina masadege endehume original taught yalewe social policy develop maderge newe enje….political ideology and economic systems are not in our hand…unless and otherwise we in/out of the country are not united to minimize atleast the influence of being a tool for others. I appreciate the courage of the speaker.

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