Je suis Woyane
London 19 January
As the TPLF
ploughs ahead with preparations to mark its Ruby Anniversary, a sense of
triumphant boldness seems to embolden sections of our society which had thus
far chosen to sit on the fence. Last month at a candid, sincere and ingenuous
panel discussion held at the birthplace of the TPLF and mecca to veteran
fighters, Dedebit, a gaggle of journalists, as well as anybody who is somebody
from Ethiopias fine arts and
theatre, after realizing the Moloch-like sacrifice, i.e. appalling sacrifice,
the people of the Regional State of Tigrai paid for freedom, for equality and
for democracy, proudly declared: Enem Woyane Negn which, to put in buzz-size French, means Je suis Woyane!
Such bold and defiant
declaration of support for the TPLF has left the toxic diaspora, particularly
the so-called Washingtons Task Force of
unhinged ruffians, reeling with anger, indignation, resentment and rage so much
so that they are now engaged in firing fusillades of invectives at those brave
men and women, whose only fault is to defy conventional wisdom of the politics
of hate by expressing solidarity with a generation of Ethiopians who stood
against oppression, inequality and against pluralistic democracy.
The very word Woyane is anathema to a toxic diaspora which, by and large,
consists of relics of the Derg and its kakitocrats. They usually become the
avant guard and guglemen at anti-EPRDF demonstrations in American and European
towns and cities. They advocate for a government of the people, for the people
and by the people, but the truth is that they aspire to restore kakitocracy - a
government by worst citizens - so that they can resume hounding and hunting
Ethiopians in the name of the Motherland. They give lip service to the notion
of all Ethiopians are equal, but in reality they stauchly believe that God has
bestowed the freehold of Ethiopia on a single ethnic group - a faith which has
no leg to stand in either The Old or The New Statement.
It is not surprising
then that the very word Woyane is anathema to those who want to suffocate, rather
than celebrate, our differences. What is needed then is to garner the courage
to speak out by setting ourselves free from the yoke of herd mentality and
become masters of our own destiny, rather than continue being the spring-board
for confused and confusing power-hungry individuals. Only then would we be free
- like those brothers and sisters who took part at the TPLFs 40th Anniversary
panel discussion at Dedebit - to speak out the truth and shame the devil. Every
good-willed Ethiopian aspires to see the prevalence of freedom, of equality and
of pluralistic democracy in Ethiopia, and therefore in a sense, we all are
Woyanes, are we not?
Today, and rightly
so, Tigrai is no longer the sole patent holder of the word Woyane. Thanks to the sacrifices paid and achievements gained
by all Ethiopians under the tried and tested sat nav of EPRDF, Woyane has now
morphed and become a badge of affectation to Ethiopians whose aspirations are
freedom, equality and pluralistic democracy.
Je ne sais pas
pour vous, mais Je suis Woyane!