Challenges of Democracy and Andinet Party May 2014
(Aigaforum) May 4, 2014 - If you have been following us over the years you know by
now how much we really like to see a maturing and responsible opposition party
in Ethiopia. You may have heard us before, but, we will tell you again, Kinjit
damaged our hope to see a vibrant and responsible opposition when it declined
to take its seat in parliament with almost half of the available seats! Since
then we have been a staunch advocate for a change in the opposition camp. We believe
then and now in the saying you cannot teach an old dog a new trick! Thus,
did all in our power, to inform and inspire, the new generation that Kinjit
and its splinters are up to no good. We think by in large most Ethiopians are aware about Kinjit
and some of the left over organizations who are still trying to become relevant today.
Even though Andinet and Semayawi Party held somewhat a successful public
demonstration in Addis Ababa and elsewhere in Ethiopia the public by in large
is not interested in them. The turnout was nothing compared to what Kinjit used to
garner before it was consumed with its own hate filled agenda.
Kudos to the City Government of Addis Ababa to allow such demonstration
amid the frenzy of public works in the city of Addis Ababa and the many visits
by high level foreign officials. It shows how much Ethiopia has come forward to
contain and overcome the challenges of democracy that usually follows such
demonstration. We applaud!
Talking to an eye witness, Andinet's public demonstration
held on May 4th 2014 was very successful compared to the one held by Semayawi's
party at the end of April 2014. These two organizations are splinter of the
then Kinjit and still carry the bad attributes of Kinjit. We were informed even
though the two parties tried to join their efforts for a wider public
support Andinet was in no mood to carry the burden of Semayawi's ill advised
support for religious extremists agenda. In fact we were told during
Andinet's public demonstration Semayawi supporters were told to leave and not
mix with demonstrators. Bravo Andinet, a step in the right direction we say!
There should be no room for religious zealots in politics. It is a bad mix learn from Egypt
Kerry Visits and the disturbance in Ambo and vicinity
We asked a very reliable person what is
going on in Ethiopia these days? And what he told us is this- Ethiopia is passing
through a critical phase in its quest to become fully a democratic and a developing
country . The country is being tested right now. The recent disturbance in
Ambo and elsewhere in Oromia region is a sign the country ought to take
seriously. No one should undermine the exiled opposition forces as well as some
of the disgruntled folks at home desire to derail the relative peace in the
country. Sec Kerry's visit was a coincidence they could not miss to exploit. Fortunately
everything is under control and Ambo is at peace and the community has resumed
its normal public life. Our source told us there was in fact a big wedding in
the city the other day.
Commenting on the extremist who may have had a hand in this
, our source said...
The extremist oppositions were trying hard over the years to
make the country ungovernable and un peaceful but they have failed. Today they
are trying to paint simply a make believe image of the country as ungovernable.
Even Sec John Kerry attested how much Ethiopia has come forward despite some
of the human right challenges here and there. I hope Sec Kerry will use his
eye witness account instead of the usual DC based extremists account of events for
the next year's State Dept human right report on Ethiopia! For a change he
should use eye witness and not extremists propaganda material as the sources!
monument and Priorities.
Ben of Ethiopia first in his latest "ben's point of
view" shared his discourse with someone on the Anole monument. To be
honest we question the motive of anyone least a politician who is interested
promoting such issues. Who is to say the recent misguided violence in Ambo is
not an outcome of such campaign? Ethiopia's past history is full of wrong
doings as much as it is full of glory and valor. Atse Minilk may have been brutal
king and the dysfunctional oppositions trying to glorify him may be too annoying
but an astute politician leading Ethiopia today must be smart enough to know
what the people's priority must be in order to defeat the number one priority! if
we have to build a monument let us build the biggest monument that will live
forever no matter who comes and goes - a monument of the new Ethiopia that is peaceful
and poverty free!