The Dogs Shall Continue Barking, While The Camel Still Keeps on Walking: The Sorcery of Political Millenarianism.
Bazen Samuel 10/01/12
Politics requires a genuine heart and bright vision with sound skills of oratory. Indeed, it demands natural in-born qualities of leadership, open-mindedness, commitment and excellent values of altruism. For most of the periods between the 1960s to the 1980s majority of the sub-Saharan African countries were ruled by leaders, who assumed political power through military coupes or counter coupes. Consequently, their leadership roles were highly influenced by functional illiteracy with naive qualities of political ideologies. This had left a number of African countries novice to the culture of trans-generational leadership roles since political figures were nested in the fulfillments of their own personal odysseys. Conversely, one should not forget that, the continent has also witnessed the good leadership qualities of people like Julius Nyerere and his contemporaries. Meanwhile, the contributions of leaders like Nyerere were belittles by the majority of arrogant and power mongered African leaders for several decades.
Nearly for the last one decade, a handful of scholars who has keenly observed the dynamic political changes that has been undergoing in Africa particularly in the horn of Africa has not failed in explaining the changes mainstreamed by EPRDF in various aspects of life. Their articulation has witnessed unreserved courtesy of facts. Objectively, they have appreciated the political space in Ethiopia neither un-mentored nor unmonitored; they have witnessed the down of a new chapter in Ethiopian history where a number of political parties were able to come up with their party blue prints on the future socio-economic fate of the nation; they have documented and authenticated the double digit economic growth of the nation which was/is absent even in the developed world. Thanks to EPRDF Ethiopian democracy is on it cruse level far beyond the steps level.
Alas, to the aforementioned points, some political activities from the diaspora were/are developing a hypocrite prophecy of millenarianism which revolves around the idea that nothing good, be it in economy, education, good governance, politics and the like which is achieved in Ethiopia under the committed leadership of EPRDF can result nothing in changing the overall socio-economic conditions of the country so long as it doesn't include them (people who prophases this idea) in political leadership roles. According to my personal observation I have tried to evaluate their views on the basis of the following points.
As history has it Ethiopia is predominantly an agrarian country with nearly 87% of its population living in the rural areas with agriculture as its primary means of livelihood. However, the policies and praxes of the successive feudal regimes and the military dictatorship regime had dwarfed the livelihood of the peasantry with limitless barriers raging from policy and human aspects. The sector was characterized by different features. According to opposition parties, EPRDF has introduced alien variables to the traditional Ethiopian agricultural activities. Chief among their points lies on the idea that the introduction and expansion of modern value adding elements to agriculture such as mechanization and high breed crops, pesticides, fertilizers and horticulture have devastated the long maintained values of backward agricultural practices. How countries can prospers without liberating the society from such practices? Be this as it may, EPRDF has crafted a number of policies and mainstreamed them to the grass root levels. These policies are bearing multifaceted advantages in enhancing the overall efforts of the nation in liberating itself from poverty and under development.
According to them, EPRDF is politically impotent in overseeing all the function of the government in Ethiopia which is a very vast country with multi-ethnic groups. Needless to say that, the federal system in Ethiopia promotes the decentralization of political power for the legislative, executive and judiciary organs of the federal and state governments respectively. Hence, the question of self-governance, the issue of who to decide on tasks pertinent the regional affairs of states are well articulated in the FDRE constitution and various laws. Thus, from the view of this perspective how impossible is it for the central government which is lead by EPRDF to coordinate issues which are finished at regional levels and corroborate them with the activities of the central government and the vice versa? What are the pernicious qualities of constitutionally guarantying self-administration, promoting one’s own language, developing one’s own culture, developing one’s own political social and economic prosperity among others? Wake up please!
Majority of them don’t acknowledge the positive values of the current federal system of administration. Contrary to this, they mockingly explain it as “Ethnic Federalism”.
It is evident that currently the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is experiencing a dramatic change in the overall social and political conditions of the country. A number of ethnic groups who were ill-represented during the past regimes are unleashed to govern themselves as equal as other ethnic groups of the country. Their right for self governance; their right to use their mother tongue for administration and education purposes; their right to protect, preserve and develop their ethno-cultural identities; and above all to represent themselves and their ethnic groups at the federal level are highly integrated both in the minds and souls of all the citizens of the country. Hence, how difficult is it for people who live in the developed countries of the west to see that all nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia are administering themselves without any form of super impositions? Is there any country which opts to import if not to forcefully indigenize any form of federal system which lies on odd lines against the envisioned interest of its various ethnic groups? If you still consider yourself as educated and highly “civilized” what type of civilizations are you in which ignores the pernicious qualities of ignorance and arrogance in destabilizing harmonious and tranquil relationships between different Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of a given nation?
As it was explained by them time and again, they want to use religion as their major workhorse of their polemical views. In this regard had it not been for the dearth of space, it would have been good to quote Karl Marx in long lines. Meanwhile, suffice is to mention that his definition of religion as an opium was absolutely right. He indeed penned that religion is developed in order to mute public oppositions against suppressive regimes. In fact the overall matrix of this ideology has survived in various countries even till the end of the cold war, an event which signifies the explicit polemical involvement of the Catholic Churches of Eastern Europe in the struggle against soviet domination. In Ethiopia, where there is a centuries old maintained values of symbiotic coexistence between the congregators of various religions, how possible will it be to cause quarrel between the God fearing peoples of the country? So long as there is no trans-Ethiopian religion, albeit, which is explicitly propagated by few among the diaspora, there shall be no room for molesting the statuesque of our county.
Majority of them wants to use thorny pro-western forces of “democracy” and human rights organizations. As we all know the nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia doesn't require external actors to tutor them on the good values of democracy and the preservation of both human and democratic rights. This is owing to the fact that democracy was the cause of our centuries old struggles. In concurrence with this we need no other organ to speak for us for we know how good it is to have a democratic and representative government at all levels. But is it true that all “human rights organizations” are meant to preserve the integrity of human rights? How democratic are they in their establishments? Are they truly functioning for the causes of their establishments? are questions that matters a lot for a trustworthy and healthy mind which works for the good of the general public.
“We shall concertedly bring Ethiopia’s renaissance to a point of no return!”