“Semayawi” Party Religious?
Frehiwot Ketema 01-05-15
course anyone who sees the above question-title will respond with “there is no
earthly or heavenly connection between the two”. This is because, while ‘Semayawi’
(Blue) Party is part of the mundane political universe tangled as a political
party, the then wahabia controlled Awelia’s clique is a berth where it’s very
few disciples are expected to vigorously devote themselves to make it to
heaven- although the creed cuts through the separation of religion and politics.
my belief that both entities’ sentiment and credence entirely differ as if it
was night and day, the only common thing they have is the word ‘blue’. This is
of course notwithstanding both entities penchant for unconstitutional demeanors.
it should be asked,’ how on earth do they coalesced?’ and it’s an important
one, cause it’s difficult to see how an oil and water can form a compatible function.
metaphor of the political party and the clique breathing through each other’s lung;
to form a symbiotic nefarious co- existence, was evident during the recent unconstitutional
political rally marshaled by the power monger blue party.
you hold your breath to the end of the this article, and this writer will try
to run-down what seeking worldly power and celestial dominion have in common? How
the recent call for mass demonstration organized by the earthly political party
is unconstitutional and finally, will try to make a sense of the recent
sensationalist; albeit absurd, quote given by the ever shimmering lawyer turned
burned-out politician Dr.Yaqob H/mariam once said on his interview with VOA’S Peter
Hyline, in which he responded to a question of ‘how he felt on the first mass
demonstration to be organized since the ‘05 election’, with ‘I am shocked’ (as
if there hasn’t been any since then). Dear reader, in order for the writer
break it down for you, it would be helpful to start from the basic, demonstration.
constitution Article 30 (1) clearly stipulates that anyone have the right to
assemble, demonstrate and display grievances without resorting to violence. Manipulating
this right and copying from the playbook of the former CUD (‘qinijit’), the Blue
party tried to arrange a political rally wearing all black and looking all
disarrayed in front of the African Union (AU) Assembly hall.
coincidentally Addis was hosting the 50th jubilee of the birth of the
former OAU/AU and was bustling with the leaders of the continent and other
world countries, representative of international organizations, and worldwide celebrities.
The country’s police force: who is responsible for all those VIP’s, was
stretched thin to a point where they were incapable to deploy spare men.
the FDRE government fully appreciates the right of a single person let alone a
constitutional bona-fide political party’s right to hold a peaceful
demonstration, it’s also obligated to designate the police force responsible
for the safety and well being of the demonstrators. Thus, unable to guarantee
the safety of the demonstrators, the government backed down out of giving the
permission and briefed the leaders of the party on the situation. Both parties
then agreed to postpone the demonstration until May 25, where it will take
place peacefully. The faithful day loomed, and so the unexpected happens….
the view of this writer; a blue party marshaled rally should have been piled by
the party’s members, burned-out politicians and a few of the former military
government cronies. But to many people’s surprise, the majority of the
demonstrators (maybe more than 3/4th) happened to be a very few Awelia
based wahabia detractors and the Muslim brothers manipulated by the ever-
higher pulpit of these fundamentalists .That number of coarse includes innocent
bystanders gazing through the crowd like this writer was at the time.
the demonstration such unconstitutional slogans such as ‘Free Political & Press
Prisoners’, ‘Release Our Muslin Brothers’ (the writers begs the question of who
those are), ‘We can’t carry on with the cost of living‘….etc was displayed.
as most of the partaker were chanting ‘Allah Akbar’ only to the ‘release our
Muslim brother’ bit; while being hush on the others, led for the on-lookers to
question if whether the demonstration was called by “Awelia’ or the (Blue)
‘Party’. There were even those who claimed ‘The Blue party led Wahabia show’ best
captures the event.
readers, this is where the religion-cum-politics first appears, in the above
quote which captures the enigma. Both founded on polar ideology, instinct and
reflexes; coalesced into a nexus of unconstitutional pied-pipers. In order to
postulate on the issue, let us first see the Wahabia’s Awelia, which is a
religion-clad worldly power seeking movement devoid of the constitutional
ideals and practices, and the Blue party, which concocted an unconstitutional
religion armored mass protest in the hopes of sabotaging the judicial system.
my dear readers already know, FDRE’s Constitution Article 11(3) clearly
stipulates that ‘state should not interfere in religious matters, as Religion
in state affairs.’ It’s the writer’s understanding that this article carries
two basic & distinct theories.
first theory prohibits the government from interfering within any religious
sects, by saying, “This is the righteous way, and that the wicked”, while inversely
the second one forbids religion dwelling into governmental procedures by demanding,
“Do this and do that”.
the Awelia based Wahabia, breaking this sacred constitutional law and shielding
religion, have been working on establishing an Islamic government, according to
the clique leaders own words.
frame of mind forces the democratic system to bear undemocratic behaviors and
unfolds such creeds as ‘follow my christen religion’, which undermines human &
democratic rights. Also religion fueled political bickering is unacceptable, as
it distracts politician to futile pasturing and the public to miss out on the
benefit of undistracted developmental growth.
most of all, this action should be condemned as it clearly as a sunny day subverted
the ominous law of the land – the constitution. It ‘s the opinion of this
writer, the few people behind the religion-clad Awelia’s unconstitutional claims
are; in one way or the other, burned-out politicians in the lights of Dr. Yaqob
or those who are trying to use them for a ride.
makes the blue party illegal as it used the Awelia as a ride for staging the
demonstration. The party called for a demonstration which pierced through the
constitutional law that dictates the separation of state (government) and
religion and took action that subverted the legal system.
due to the democratic nature of the government, the party (with all its unlawful
antics) was given permission to hold a mass demonstration, instead they were
interested in displaying unconstitutional cause like ‘Release jailed Muslims
and politicians’ and unlawful act that could blur the judicial system.
the understanding of this writer, that the party’s antics; albeit devoid of
action, of duping the public and undermining the constitution in the name of mass
demonstration and prosecuted men, deserves to be accountable .
a common sense , that no one in any way has the right to interfere in the judicial
system by indulging on ongoing judicial session, as it’s the exclusive and
inalienable authority of the courts. Those person the party called for their
release, are charged and prosecuted by the law and will be judged by the law.
meddling into a matter which is being handled in the court of law is not only
irresponsible but also disrespectful to the land’s legal system. The writer of
this article doesn’t think the blue party, which organized a mass rally in
order to propagate religious agenda and sabotage the constitution, won’t be
allowed to smother the law & order (of the country) any more, especially
while operating within the constitutional framework.
party’s illusion of a grandeur and holier-than-thou attitude cannot be above
the rule of law. Of course, the party’s actions are a true reflection of its
inner unconstitutional self, and only the party and its backers must be the
only ones who know, how on earth they are expecting to carry out their credo
while also operating within the constitution.
the understanding of this writer that denouncing constitutional procedures
within a legal framework and pressing or influencing to get one’s way is two
exceedingly different motifs.
party can’t really expect to get a grip hold on two opposite sides of the
spectrum ( it can’t have it both ways anymore) –it either has to choose between
legal or illegal path, other than this the writer don’t think the legal
procedures can allow the party to manipulate the system anymore.
the opposition political parties tend to subvert legal procedures based on junk
blabber for a political program. If the opportunity presents itself these
people won’t hesitate from dismantling the pillars of the constitution like
democracy, peace etc… as they’ve already shown to be capable of.
me add one instance. The writer remembers that (during the 2010 national elections)
the now ailing ‘Medrek’, asked the parliament before the elections to change
the constitution’s basic principles.
the time HE Prime Minister Ato Meles Zenawi (may he rest in peace) was present
at the parliament to brief the governments statement, and replied to the party’s
ludicrous claim by calling them” You are a Weimar Republic bigot”. Let this
writer walk you through four or five years back through what the basic essence
of the genius proverb/quote entails.
the late 19th century, after Germany’s defeat at World War I, the
government was replaced by a new democratic government. This new administration
borrowing its name from one of the country’s cities was called “Germany’s Democratic
Weimar Republic Government.”
the government who ratified (at the time) one of the world’s better
constitution was the named ‘Weimar Republic’, after the faithful German city. But,
contrary to public opinion, the republic was short lived, only after fifteen
years on power .Why?
those times the opposition parties were swinging from one side, exercising
their constitutional right provided by the democratic Weimar republic unto the
other, where they were actually pursuing to destroy the constitution by force-
dabbling both legal & unconstitutional approaches.
on the left the leftist socialist and on the right wing Nazi- fascism opposition
political parties, after cruising through the public opinion by appearing to be
democratic and constitutional, brought down the democratic government.
winning the election, the Adolf Hitler led Nazi party’s first action was to shred
the democratic constitution and replace it with an unconstitutional one. This
led for the transfer of power to one of the most undemocratic and vile government
in human history.
what the visionary leader at the time tried to tell-off the ’Medrek’s leaders
was that, their ‘macchiavelian party’ maneuvering within both the legal and
illegal realms of the law waiting to pounce, if afforded with the opportunity
they won’t back down from destroying the constitution and constitutional regime,
“Weimar Republic bigot”, indeed. So fitting.
course, the blue party choreographed dramatic mass demonstration is nothing
more than the same antics. The so-called ’Weimar bigot’ power mongers by now
should realize that the post world war I Weimar public psyche and restricted
flow of information doesn’t exist in this day and age.
today’s age of Information technology there’s no way of making the Weimar’s
republic mistake because people’s mentality have refurbished along with modern
age technology, while rationality have amassed.
rational and unbiased Ethiopian public has shown these people of their deeds through
the last four National elections. So, it would behoove of the Blue party to
think twice before adopting this out-dated unconstitutional tactics.
the party’s recent call for political rally was after the heavenly blue dominion
as its name suggests, then the party should realize there hasn’t been any
record of board of election registered religious organization as far as this
writer is concerned.
party’s option is to either get its grip firm on a political ticket or register
anew as religious organization. If the party’s fancy is to be some sort of a politico-religious
demagogue, then they should realize by now this kind of double-edged
maneuvering will kick them out of the political game. Ethiopia’s politico economic
arena does not allow this kind of out-of-fashioned double–edged move of a
political party canoodling with a religious clique like the one they have with
the same note, this writer has come to the conclusion that earlier claim of the
Wahabia influenced Awelia camp’s motive for political (not religious) end is
proved to be true. Because they have clearly
let us turn our attention to the intellectually-castrated and
politically-finessing Dr Yaqob’s façade testimonial. After many years of
succumbing to power have had him twist and turn from one party to the other,
the ‘good’ Doctor has now appeared on the VOA’s show to comment on the “first”
mass demonstration staged since the ’05 election, in which he retorted on being
appalled. He was of course one of the anti-democratic CUD (‘qinijt’s) party
leaders, who by complete disregard for popular vote, boycotted the parliament.
a blessing, he dusted off and took on the Benishangul-Gumuz case out of
purgatory, even though the government has already taken swift action on the
culprits, which happened to be some rent-seeking elements within the regional
for money the ‘Doctor’ has promised the Prosecuted self-proclaimed ‘Ethiopian
Muslim representative’ to weasel close to eight million birr in damages in
behalf of them.
the saying “knowing hens lay even in nettle” goes, it’s unclear on how his
reputation for being undemocratic and domineering in the court of public
opinion, is going to fare as a public defendant.
known pranks for disrespecting the public, cannot change overnight into an
immediate vanguard of human right- for this writer expecting this kind of solicitude
from the rent-seeking CUD (qinijit) authorities is like expecting for ‘a tiger
to change its color’.
can be sure whether the ‘Doctor’s’ angle is to inevitably use this unfortunate
suffering as a gimmick for his personal gain. It might be a “they give, to find
a pretext for asking” sort of thing.
establishing the character of the ill-suited Doctor, the remainder of the
article will dissect on his recent both manipulative & oblivious comment.
As one of the then qinjit’s havoc-marshal, the writer is baffled to hear the
doctor’s appalled view of the state of mass demonstration post-2005 election.
fact is he should be appalled by his own absurd & ill-informed comments.
May be he wasn’t there to quench his rent-seeking thirst, but there were
demonstration organized by the likes of Dr. Negaso Gidada during the 2002
this writer is a little foggy to remember, but there was a peaceful political
rallies staged in front of the prime minister’s office, and surly there could
have been a number of other assembly, demonstration & rallies.
apprehending the posture and numeral of the recently granted demonstration;
courtesy of a little research could have saved him from spewing biased lies. The
right to assemble and organize, is and has been is part of the Ethiopian
political landscape during and the after the unfortunate passing of the late
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
is no change. The government is ever more determined to uphold the
constitutional and democratic rights of its citizen, which it had fought since
it’s safe to assume Mr. Meles and his party’s legacy of upholding democratic
and constitutional rights do not take place only in the delusional mind of the
would-be doctor. The public’s determination to execute the former Prime
Minister’s legacy and visions can attest to the fact, as can an unbiased and
baffles this writer is, just as some of these opposition tag rag (like the
lights of ‘Blue party’) tactics of finessing through two polar ends, the
so-called Doctor’s subversive antics on the judicial system by adjudging solely
designating himself as the prosecutor, testifier and judge is done while still
carrying on a legal suit with the proper procedure of the court of law.
this writer will be back with his take on the ‘good’ doctor’s remark on the
Blue party’s demonstration; which he insists is not part of, and his unlawful
attestations which is unworthy of the profession he presents, he would like to
close with the question, “Dear Doctor, is it possible to dust–off the now jaded
vandal politics in the name legal prosecuting?” And let me add…Is “semayawi”
party religious?...I hope the short answer for these questions is in the mind
of the party members and their few supporters.