ETHIOPIA: OPEN CALL FOR A TPLF LEADERSHIP CHANGE
By TechTsegai Tesfai (PhD)
The people of Tigray have been exposed to all sorts of attacks and name callings for many years now. During these attacks, the people of Tigray chose to follow their age-old character – to stay patient and let the storm pass.
The party that was meant to represent their interest, a party that was supposed to protect them by all means necessary, did absolutely nothing and chose a deafening silence even when tens of thousands of individuals were displaced and their properties were looted in Gondar and environ. The party decided to do so most likely because it thought it had a special responsibility in the government and did not want to disappoint the EPRDF member parties by reprimanding them for not protecting Tigrians in their region.
THAT WAS A WRONG MOVE!
If the party could not represent the interest of its constituency during their worst times, what good is it for the people to be represented by this party then?
TPLF has NOT protected its people.
The age-old Tigrian patience is not paying off.
Attacks and name-callings are coming from all sides – including from EPRDF’s top leadership.
TPLF is weak and confused. TPLF is still led by the same people who have been leading it since the days of struggle agains the Dergue. TPLF is now powerless and it is being seen by its sister parties as a TOOTHLESS OLD LION-KING. If the old lion-king denies that it is dying, the first one that will get hurt is itself – its legacy is at stake. The Lion-king’s legacy, a legacy that is written by the blood sacrifices of tens of thousands of Tigrians, is already being tarnished thanks to the messy leadership of the dying lion-king.
The Lion-king may still be thinking it will try one last time to correct the wrongs. However, it needs to know that it is already TOO LITTLE TOO LATE!
It is high time for the old dying lion-king to choose its successor before it is forcefully kicked out from the already small territory it still controls.
Metaphors aside, I am openly calling for TPLF to hold an emergency meeting and make a REAL, MEANINGFUL restructuring in its leadership and bring many new blood to its CC.
The only new blood in its CC that many of us know is Getachew K Reda. Getachew has already TREMENDOUSLY served TPLF as a result of his inclusion in the CC.
Had there been 5, 10 Getachews in the CC, the dynamics would have been totally different by now.
Today, Getachew is quoted by many of us more than any one of the other CC members. WHY? Because the things he says, the issues he raises resonate with ours. HE IS US. HE IS THIS GENERATION! WE NEED MORE GETACHEWS IN THE CC AND WE NEED THEM NOW!
EPRDF is expected to have its Council meeting sometime in August. TPLF needs to convene an emergency meeting and remove many of its tired and toothless CC members and replace them by young leaders before the council meeting!
There is no better time to do this than now. Anything later than now will be too late!
I am calling upon all Tigrian compatriots to push for a TPLF leadership change NOW!