Rational and Strong Opposition is a
Gorse Ismail 05/19/14
The recent events in Ethiopia have been highlighted the
continuing prominence of identity politics by ESAT, EthioMedia, VOA, but the
root cause of this problem is far this howl propaganda of this diehard tell us.
Many Ethiopians have experienced conflicts since the formation of nation state
by the former Kings in 19 century. Since then, politicians, analysts and
academics have been searching solutions in an attempt to understand these
conflicts in order to create sustainable peace and development.
When the Derg regime was overthrown in 1991, TPLF/EPRDF had
held a conference in which all Ethiopian liberation fronts, civic society,
politicians, religious and other segment of Ethiopian population were invited
to discuss the future of new Ethiopia. This has ushered a new dawn where all
stockholders have discussed and formulated a new constitution that was so
inclusive that peace and stability has rein on Ethiopia. As result of this
historical process, Ethiopian have closed the chapter of civil war and opened a
new one that encouraged Ethiopians to have the rights to govern themselves.
One accusation levelled against existing EPRDF party is that
not all stakeholders’ needs are addressed in the post-conflict reconstruction
process. If one would not deny the facts of history on the ground, EPRDF had
been more than inclusive and shared the power so that peace and tranquility
will be descended on Ethiopia. They have introduced one of the bold concepts,
the people have to govern themselves and even secede in case they are not happy
in their condition. This is one of its kinds and has never been tested in
Africa let alone in a backward country such as Ethiopia at the time. The
Somalis, Oromos, Tigrayans, Gambela and many more nations have agreed to build
a new Ethiopia contrasting what the diehard EthioMedia, VOA, ESAT and G7 are
feeding the Diaspora.
EPRDF is the only party in Africa that had the courage to
chart a path out of Ethiopian’s political quagmire and its enslavement to
centralized unitary state where a few used to get rich and the rest were
treated as second class citizen; after EPRDF took a bold and brave act of power
devolution among Ethiopian; although, it is not finalized yet, the economy is
booming and the political institution are in its infancy.
In the economic sphere, it has been successful and helped
Ethiopia to have made the country to be one of the leading and fastest economic
in the world. The diehard in this Diaspora hoping to see EPRDF to be removed
from power has been recently amplified the events that are unfolding in
Ethiopia. As any event is unfolded in Ethiopia, the diehards of former regime
are hoping to see the regime to collapse. They have been wishing to walk to
aratkilo in their dream.
This week, the Ethiopian in Diaspora have seen people
carrying the flags of Moa Anbesa, OLF and ONLF to demonstrate against current
regime, but the reality of this picture will shed light on an interesting
political marriage. Moa Anbesa are still thinking to restore the unitary state
and dismantled the regional state, the OLF and ONLF opt to secede without
having the people support. My question is how this ephemeral marriage of this
organization will last and take over the power seat. History teaches that
elites will do everything to get to the power. For example the elites have
incited historically the poor and innocent Ethiopian of all walks of life to
fight along the line of ethnicity and religion whereas their kids are in the
best universities in the Western world.
In 1974, when the regime of Haile Sillassie has been
overthrown by the people uprising, the elites fighting on an alien ideology as
Marxist Leninist and Maoist, they caused the red terror to indulge the entire
country. Today, the same ones who had caused the killing, massacre and fleeing
of thousands are changing their color to make crocodile tears.
During the 2005 election, Kinijit had
struck an alliance with the opposition parties, but they split in infinite
groups in the last decade. The main reason of splitting is that they do not
have the same principle; bluntly speaking, they seems that their motifs are
clouded by the two old schools , the unitary state and the secessionist one.
Recently, out of desperation G7 formed an alliance with OLF to win the hearts
and minds of Ethiopian in Diaspora; however, the honey moon has been broken
To sum up, the only reliable way to usher Ethiopia to be a
democratic country where rule of law prevails, a strong opposition is emerged
and the empowering institution is realized whereby the implementation of
classical constitution are encouraged is to acknowledge the positive aspect of EPRDF’s
economic boom that EPRDF have introduced in the last two decades and plan to
conduct in a more equal and open political representative atmosphere to coming
out of this nightmarish cycle. They should vow to work hard to participate in
the upcoming election so that they will challenge EPRDF on a clear and aligned
principle to the aspiration of Ethiopian people and reality.