Closer Look into a Fact-Laden Statement
Serawit Tariku 01/15/14
can’t recall a time when ‘Medrek’; an umbrella party made up of incongruous and
incompatible parties, hasn’t tried to or flat-out blame all the country’s
problem on the ruling party. As the party’s unwritten rule or approach is
‘seize power through throwing any blame you can find on the government and the
ruling party’, the only time the party didn’t blame the government was when
asked about the decision of the party to form an alliance (with the other
fact is that they might have even claimed that it’s the government that has forced
them to form an alliance, considering the party; which is coalesced with
untrusting “friends”, has panache for creating and using any issue that is unflattering
towards the ruling party. This umbrella party which is comprised of six
different parties doesn’t have a clear and concise alternative that can rally
the public around it.
quick look at the party might give the idea that the party is a flag-bearer of
liberalism. But, if anyone care to look closer, it won’t be hard to grasp that
the party is led by slapdash and shoddy “thinking”. And these thinking are
random and vague. On top of this, the party doesn’t know anything about
peaceful political struggle.
think winning over the hearts and minds of the public through political debate
and continuous edification is a taboo to party’s member parties. I say this
because there isn’t a single time where the party’s leaders went into the
public to lobby, outside of sitting in their chair and shifting blames on
this people, learning from past mistakes is unthinkable. And they are still
going through with their old un-refreshed self, where they still pursue their antique
and obsolete political strategy as anew.
also think that their barren-hope of seizing power through color revolution –
led – street riot is still feasible today. This party (‘Medrek’) has even
forgotten the fact that it has suffered a heavy and even an embarrassing defeat
at the 2002 election as a result of this antic- it’s defiance to the
constitution and the constitutional system. So, it’s safe to say that the party
is speaking from its yesterday anti-constitutional stance. And the party’s
recent fact-laden statement is a reflection of this.
through its latest leader Dr. Merera Gudina; who on his recent book confessed
that he was a member of ‘Meison’, have stated appalling blabbers which claimed
atrocities like “EPRDF is trying to control the public through a scheme called
‘one for five’, we have been stifled not to conduct mass demonstration, the
ruling party forces people to join its membership’’ etc…
I believe, it’s important to ask whether the ‘Medrek’ raised atrocious
statement have any fact to it. And why the party chose to raise it at this time
and moment? I raise these questions for the fact that the party will use any
means to paint the ruling party in unflattering light, if it believes it will
help it seize power. Let us now see these ‘stories’ that are disseminated
through the party’s recent statement…
fact of the matter is the ‘one for five’ scheme, of the ruling party, was
initiated for the country’s developmental undertakings and aspirations of
development. However, as ‘Medrek’ is infatuated with power, it considers this
scheme as a ploy for personal political gain. As any reader of this article
knows, any segment of a society cannot be successful without organizing itself.
of the success story and great achievement of the government and the people is
the fight against poverty. In order to curb poverty; which has been a source of
shame and indignity for our people for many years, every citizen especially
those who are involved in the agricultural sector (mostly the farmers) are expected
to increase their productivity and products through self-organizing.
I believe the duty and responsibility to led citizens on how each and every one
of them can play a role on the country’s development on their respective socio-economic
activities (through the ‘one for five’ scheme) solely rests upon the government
or the ruling party. Thus, narcissistically shifting blame on others will only
make them unfavorably judged by others.
is wrong with organizing citizens for development? Wasn’t it to get some kind
of result that these totally different and incongruous parties organized
themselves in to their mother ship party ‘Medrek’ (although they have missed
the point of organizing for a political office). In a way it’s clear why
‘Medrek’ is downplaying development ideas as I have never seen the party
supporting our country’s development aspiration since its birth.
I can present an evidence for this (claim). As we can recall, ‘Medrek’ and its
likes have presented a distracting suggestion on the ‘Grand Transformation
Plan’ and on the “Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’ project. There wasn’t a time
where the ‘Medrek’ leaders tried not to derail (distract) the publics’
developmental effort by claiming ‘the plan won’t be realized, it’s a propaganda
stunt by the government’ and so on. But this all have been to no avail.
the publics’ reaction which went like ‘as the plan is a path for me to break
free from poverty and aid, we won’t listen to your derailment blabber’, these
people’s effort of sidetracking with regards to ‘GERD’ construction has been
blown out of the water.
the public was sure of itself of realizing this grand plan, it didn’t want to
hear the drums’ of ‘Medrek’. In fact the public has intensified its bond
purchase on top of its financial, labor and knowledge contribution to the
project, hurting the ego of the local extremist opposition as well as very few
‘Mubarak possessed’ politicians in the process.
will add another. I remember a time when this juvenile political party
presented itself as a local faction of the neo-liberal extremist institution, ‘Human
rights Watch’; an institution which thinks our country’s development will be
derailed by a bombardment of continuous reports. It played this role by
parroting the institution ridiculous propagation, “the Ethiopian government
uses food aid for personal political expediency”.
after the truth was revealed by a task force of more than 26 local developmental
partners (DAG), that the alleged thing never happened, the imitator of this
propaganda ‘Medrek’ have been showered with shame, humiliation and it has lost
its integrity (if any) in the face of the public.
in all, I believe there are two issues that forced ‘Medrek’ to come out and levy
its unfounded claim “EPRDF is trying to control the public through a ‘one for five’
scheme”. The first is the party’s ‘opposition for opposition sake’ attitude and
lack of knowledge towards the concept of “controlling the public”. And the
second reason has to do with the fact that ‘one for five’ scheme is not
conducive for the party’s strategy of ‘a-short-cut-to-power-through-instigating-a-color-revolution’.
course it’s impossible to impose a certain kind of mentality by controlling a
given society in this reality (world). Difference is the order of the world.
It’s the beauty of our creation. As far as collective thinking is concerned, an
accord -like national consensus- is the most a given society can entertain. Citizens
in large numbers can have a collective outlook on most (not all) national
issues. For this, Grand projects like the lights of the ‘GERD’ project can be
given as an example. And I don’t think those ‘would-be’ doctors are impervious
to this fact (matter).
as their motto is ‘the end justifies the means’; and are only interested on
their own personal political expediency they choose to ignore this fact.
However, I don’t think this path of theirs will get them anywhere-expect to be
unfavorably judged in the court of public opinion (especially if they are to
continue with their hate politics into the up-coming election).
course, if we are to look the ‘one for five’ scheme from the perspective of the
party’s innate organizational nature (behavior), it’s not surprising that
‘Medrek’ is afraid of it. This is because as this kind of developmental
organization (arrangement) creates step-by-step benefit for the larger part of
the society, the door for any kind of color revolution will be closed.
I have mentioned this earlier, although the scheme is tailored with
development, it’s inevitable that it will also play a huge role in dwindling
‘Medrek’ and the lights desire of instigating color revolution.
it’s known a color revolution can be instigated at the eve of an election or on
a time and date the would-be revolutionaries set (plan). For this to work, there
has to be a local opposition lackey that can confuse the people (especially the
youth); according to the international “color revolution” experts.
our country’s ‘one for five’ scheme is making the public benefit step-by-step.
And a benefiting public cannot be seduced by a confusing (distracting) propaganda
or blabber thrown out by color-revolution-nostalgic ‘would-be’ politicians.
my view this is true for two reasons. The first is the fact that there is no
way the public would give attention to street-riot provocation thrown at it by
opposition, while benefitting from our developmental governments’ correct
developmental policies and strategies.
second has to do with fact that the peoples’ judgment (conscious) is far
greater than the would-be oppositions, especially the youth, who have ignored
‘Medrek’ party’s continuous bombardment of insults by keeping on with their
remember hearing the party’s one-time leader Dr. Moga Farissa disrespectfully
labeling the youth as ‘easily manipulated by material’. ‘Medrek’ is criticized
in many circles for not promoting youth to the leading rank so much that many
are claiming the party is turning into ‘a club of old (fools)’.
the youth of our country is a committed, fair, mature, objective and very
bright. It’s not easily manipulated by material as ‘Medrek’ is saying. The
youth is very busy working (in order to brighten its future) on beneficial
developmental works by organizing itself in micro and small enterprises; using
the favorable environment put out by the government. As the today’s youth grew
up within a democratic order, they have a mature and objective outlook on
things. It’s a force that can differentiate between what’s beneficial and harmful
doesn’t need any persuasion or (arm twisting) on which kind of political
process to enter, or which party to support or to be a member of. Today’s youth
(despite its young age) have shown (in action) that it has a deep and more thorough
knowledge about democracy and the (ideology as a whole) better than the
would-be “opposition” ‘Medrek’; which is trying hard to be seen as a flag-bearer
of liberalism, while being infatuated with western driven (mastered) democracy.
As the youths’ outlook on things is so much better and deeper than the ‘take
any short cut to power ‘Medrek’, it’s unlikely that it will listen to them (the
this situation has made things for the color-revolution-local-lackey, very hard.
In addition to this fact, the party’s innate nature and its inner incongruous
condition is very obvious to the whole population, especially the youth.
let us move to the party’s other propagation- the one that says that they’re
stifled not to hold mass demonstration. I hope the readers of this article will
understand this humorous claim as a joke. This is because looking on how many
times “Semyawi ‘blue’ party”; a party which sometimes taking its name ‘blue’
for the heavenly supports religious extremists instead its political profession
and other times which strives to be a liaison of color revolution as it ‘color’
name suggests, staged mass demonstration is more than enough to debunk this ridiculous
statement. Including ‘Andinet’, one of the political party that’s on the ‘Medrek’
considering every political party of the country has the right one party has
(exercise), there isn’t an iota of truth in statement, unless if it’s to be
taken as a joke given by the ‘comedian politician’ Dr. Merera Gudina. Be that as
it may, Medrek’s ‘I’m stifled not to stage mass demonstration’ outcry has other
underlining- shifting blame. That is, as the party cannot garner more than a
handful people in its staged ‘mass demonstration’, the party’s only option is
to cry for ‘foul play’.
course the dishonest ‘Medrek’ have staged mass demonstrations on different
cities of the country. However, knowing that the antics of the party exhibited is
not to be expected from an organization with a public office aspiration, the
public did not want to get involved with the party’s staged demonstration.
the boycott to their demonstration shows the fair feet of the public, for the
fact that these incongruous entities that are gathered under the umbrella of
‘Medrek’ have the intention of tearing apart the constitution if they have
their way, I was very proud by the fairness and maturity shown by the people.
top of this, these entities are eager to seize power through foreign help
instead of winning the vote of their own people; they have a wish for a riot to
erupt in Ethiopia, while standing to derail our country’s development
aspirations; and have no qualms of working with the country’s eternal enemies
if the opportunity arises.
fact that the party staged and embraced the demonstration by itself shows us
how much it’s marginalized from the public. As far as I can understand,
claiming that it’s been stifled not to stage mass demonstration in order to
hide its lack of support (caused by its organizational behavior), will not get it
any kind of political gain for the party other than another shameful debacle.
other thing ‘Medrek’ came up with (on its atrocious statement) is ‘EPRDF is
forcing the people to be its member’. Although this claim is the usual song
singed by the party at this time and moment, it still has to be supported by
evidence. Otherwise it can’t be anything more than an unfounded rumor. ‘Medrek’
has to present evidence on how, which and when a person was forced by EPRDF to
be sign up for its membership.
than this, spewing unfounded blabber like “EPRDF do this, EPRDF do that” cannot
be seen as anything other than a ploy to undermine citizens’ democratic rights
enshrined on the constitution.
any reader of this article knows the ruling party’s aspiration and interest is
to strengthen and intensify the developmental and democratic works that are
begotten on the blood and sacrifice of Ethiopian martyrs. The party’s innate
nature or behavior doesn’t correspond to the unfounded blabber or rumor
‘Medrek’ or its undemocratic partners are spewing; or to bring about Derg-like
dictatorial regime, just as ‘Medrek’ is envisioning.
considering this committed self, the party doesn’t have the nature or behavior
to enforce a narrative of ‘be a member of this party, or don’t be a member of
that party’ on its citizens.
as a party which dabbles with undemocratic proclivities like ‘Medrek’ is, it’s
not surprising that the party is unable to see things outside of its
‘undemocratic vista’. As we cannot hear the party’s blabber including its
recent statement (that we saw in this article), as its unacceptable nature and
actions speaks much louder.