Ethiopia: Who can handle the truth?

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  1. Efriem says:

    Indeed, no one can handle the truth! The truth is the Ethiopian government is still a transitional government. The truth is they are still laying down the foundations of democracy. The truth is we can’t have a real democracy when the majority of our people live in an abject poverty,where some politicians are able to buy votes with money. The truth is we can’t have a true democracy when our politicians are influenced by outsiders and look up to them for solutions to their problems. And we can’t certainly have a true democracy when our politicians don’t believe in the true power of the people. You can disagree with me on this but what the government is doing now is more of fulfilling the the preconditions to true democracy than practicing the actual democracy. There is an African proverb that best suits this and it goes like this “if you want to go fast go alone but if you want to go far go together”. The democracy we see in the west and many other democratic countries was not built in 30 or 40 yrs but over centuries. So the Ethiopian government has chosen to go alone so that what many democracies achieved in centuries can be achieved in 30-40 yrs and I believe the situation should be seen in this context. My advice to the opposition is stop coming to the west to talk about your problems in Ethiopia instead help the government build a true and strong democratic institutions by directly participating in eradication poverty. Help educate the population about the true meaning of democracy.

  2. Abbajobir says:

    The brilliant person always generated a big ideas such as you said .if you allow me to strength your ideas, I want to say something for EPRDF Leaders those who have got a chance to lead this great people who has his own cultures ,customs,histrory even if they denied it .Leaders of the country before you do anything you have to show respect for your people who hunger poletical,Economy and human right ,by answering his question and should work for equitable economy distribution which can be used by all of us .as everybody knows we are seeing a little economy progress which used for some of government official families and supporters but when we become the majority most of us suffering under poverty level .There is no justice in the country whith out signing for EPRDF there is no work without signing EPRDF.
    Please do not eat as a pig and die as it .

  3. Alaga Boru says:

    What a wonderful and bold comment for both sides of the “leadership”! Thank you Zelalem. I believe you were obliged to write for love of your country/people and you have no interest in politics.
    Major role has to be played by opposition groups to bring about democracy through practically implementing democracy and the rule of law in respective organizations and among the groups before cursing the undemocratic government. As you know “…one who lives in a glass house shouldn’t be the first to throw stone”

  4. Kebede says:

    I sincerely congratulate Dr Zelalem Eshete for openly and emphatically stating the problem relating to Ethiopian politics. Democracy should start at home but ALL “opposition parties” are undemocratic themselves. We are seeing the same leadership since their establishment. So why blame EPRDF for lack of democracy. I have a sense of my own that if some of the individuals leading opposition parties become leaders of the country, they will be worse dictators than Meles! EPRP and Meison have been under the same clique for the past 40 years. How do you expect changes from such organization.
    The problem the opposition leaders face is this: each and everyone of them want to lead the “united front” thereby preparing themselves for Minilik Palace!

  5. aferwuhanat says:

    Nice proposal! I like your simplicity and courage to bring out your feelings. The truth on the side of EPRDF & its suppression is absolutely correct and I agree with you with all the contents. Let me add one important point which you are short of mentioning. EPRDF has a net called “1 for 5” (I believe it is adapted from China) at the local level. This mechanism is to spy on any move of the 5 people by a single assigned person. Every Ethiopian does not have a freedom of movement.

    Regarding the opposition:
    There is nothing to unify the opposition. Every opposition is different in characteristics. As each is opposed to TPLF, each has a difference in principle that does not keep it to fight together. I would suggest to you to pick an opposition which fits your vision so you can promote it. Tell me which opposition group can work with any other & I will tell you why they will not do it together.

  6. Ted says:

    Zelealem,
    This is a great piece of writing, in my opinion! Everyone needs to listen!

  7. Bikila says:

    Sure the writer has made a point but can we identify why the opposition is fragmented and fragile and at the same time the ruling party is strengthening?
    Forget absence of level playing field for the opposition because these force is weak itself, by its own creation. The reason, power struggle among them or blatantly thirst for power not for change. Solve that problem, it could become a formidable force. One opportunity, these force is aging! Hopefully it will retire soon just like the oldies from the EPRDF.
    I think the EPRDF is evolving and it will remain force to contend for power or remain in power for foreseeable future.They need to take some steps ahead, unify and dissolve these coalition and become more democratic. Those who focus on the security and military composition, emphasizing on TPLF domination, fool only yourself. I think the TPLF knows clearly that only democracy and equality ensure the peace for the people of Tigrai and the whole of Ethiopia.

  8. ferenji says:

    I think this approach is formidable.WHERE THERE IS NO VISION THERE IS NO PROVISION. AS PART OF OPPOSITION WHERE IS UR CONVICTION? WHERE IS CLEAR BOLD COMPROMISING VISION FOUNDED IN UNSHAKABLE CONVICTION?I THINK THE EPRDF MIGHT GIVE U LESSON.DUMP UR EGO. FOCUS ON THE VISION. WHERE THERE IS TRUE VISION THERE IS TRUE SACRIFICE. IF U WANT TO BE OPPOSITION U NEED TO BE TRUE OPPOSITION. IF THAT IS NOT THE CASE GO AND OPEN “SUK BEDERETE”

  9. Anteneh says:

    Awramba thanks a lot. It is such kind of media which has constructive effect for our mother land. Thanks also for Dr Zelalem.

  10. Abegaz says:

    Efrem;

    In my view, you are dead wrong. We do not have to wait 30-40 days for democracy. You even claimed the west built democracy in centuries and have wait kind of century thinking. If you see the technologies we are using now, it took centuries to be invented. We did not wait to use them centuries. Once they are there, we use them. Democracy is the same thing. Today in Ethiopia under the cover of this “democracy is a progress” mantra, our people have not gotten anywhere. Even the Derg kebele elections were free and fair except elected officials had to comply to the derg principles. Today we cannot even elect outside of the EPRDF candidates, even at the kebele levels. Democracy has retarded this much in Ethiopia, funny Efrem.

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