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Exclusive Interview With H.E Shiferaw Shigute
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UDJ leaders Girma and Eng Gizachew on UDJ woes!- The growing pain for UDJ has not been easy ever since W/ro Medeksa left! Little wonder why Former president Negasso, Siye and many other left the organization quietly!
ቃለ-ምልልስ ምስ ዶ/ር ኣረጋዊ በርሀ ኣብ ልዕሊ መጽሓፍ ኣቶ ገብሩ ዝሃብዎ ገምጋማዊ ሪኢቶ (Full interview)
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It is known TPLF’s strength comes from its commitment to a popular cause and the strength of its collective leadership. Despite the late PM Meles’s extra ordinary organizational talent and his farsightedness TPLF would have not succeeded had it not relied on the people’s support. Despite here and there particular talent of some of its former leaders most if not all of the TPLF leaders as a person are no more different than the average TPLF member. Listening to Dr Aregawi and Gebru “looking back” analysis of the last 40 years of TPLF history,I wonder what would have happened if Meles and his group had not won the debate! Amazing, Gebru and Aregawi, have the audacity to come back after 40 years to tell us about Eritrea and sea access issue! Do they think the books on Eritrea were written yesterday after they left TPLF? Where were they when many Ethiopian political organizations and experts were debating the issue in the 1960’s? What is the use to raise the issue now except to bash the late PM Meles knowing he cannot defend?
cheap shot Dr Aregawi! "Meles ente koynu wala hanti Gurdi aytlagebon!" Eternal Glory to all our Martyrs! Zeru Hagos Jan 20, 2015
22nd September 2011-
In truth last week’s UDJ press conference only goes to highlight the extent to which the ‘coalition of the bickering’ has fallen prey to political paralysis of its own making. In an unjustified and unjustifiable act, UDJ moved swiftly not to distance itself from the alleged charges of attempted terrorism levied against its agile-tongued spin-doctor, Andualem Arage - which would have been the right thing to do under the circumstances – but to fire its salvo of nonsense and absurdity at EPDRF accusing it of trying to surgically remove one of UDJ’s promising leaders.
Andualem Arage is not a member of parliament and, therefore, the Anti-Terrorist Task Force (ATTF) does not need Parliament to sanction the waiving off his immunity as an elected Member of Parliament. ATTF, therefore, is within the law when it arrested Andualem only after it secured an arrest warrant from the court.
UDJ’s best bet would have, therefore, been to hold their horses at least until Andale had his day in court. Ventilating anger in public while the case has not even started to be heard in a court of law is tantamount to subtly mug the due process of law. This sort of wayward behaviour is bad for democracy and justice - the very crowing points of hastily cobbled together UDJ.
Sustenance of a viable democracy does not only depend on bolstering democratic institutions, but by far of immense importance is the willingness of contending parties to subscribe to peaceful struggle in their quest to seize state power.
Peaceful can only be peaceful. UDJ cannot remain in Ethiopian politics carrying an olive branch with one hand a Kalashnikov with the other hand. A cursory look at UDJ’s short history, however, shows that either the very notion of a peaceful struggle is treated as a taboo, or it has intentionally been morphed into a euphemism for a binge of street uprising.
UDJ and EPDRF have been at loggerheads over this need to toe the line of peaceful struggle and respect to the rule of law without ifs or buts. Indeed, many are those who attribute UDJ’s inability to come to terms with the mortifying defeat it suffered at the 2010 National Elections for UDJ’s ambivalence towards peaceful struggle. When will this cat and mouse game end? The answer at the moment is how long a string is.
The ruling EPDRF argues that it has to demonstrate to the public that it is living up to its obligation of not only respecting the Constitution of FDRE but of safeguarding the Constitution from those bent on circumventing democracy. UDJ’s stand on the issue is one of non-committal. While it publically subscribes to the notion of peaceful struggle, in practice, its big-wigs are seen rubbing shoulders with the likes of Geem-boat 7’s Dr. Birr-hanu Nega who made no secret of his intent to scupper the Constitution of FDRE and to overthrow the democratically elected EPDRF government by fair and foul means. I can’t help but be reminded here by the age old saying: “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.”