May 13th, 2013
The government of PM Hailemariam has started to honor its pledge to weed out corrupt officials. If you remember the late PM Meles told parliament that his government was fighting corruptionwith one hand tied behind because he said…some of his government officials were either already corrupted or waiting for opportune moment to be corrupted. On the face of it one can say indeed PM Meles was right, those corrupted and waiting to corrupt have started to surface either thinking the time is right to be corrupted now or hoping PM Hailemariam government will not be hard on them.
Be that as it may, how can one fight corruption effectively? Can you say EPRDF is effectively fighting corruption if it continues to arrest officials one after the other now and then? What is the lesson behind the arrest of high EPRDF officials? And why didn’t the arrest of PM Tamrat Layne teach the officials just arrested?
Given the magnitude or temptation to become a rent seeker or a corrupt official in Ethiopia today-with its ever growing economy and the vast government infrastructure expenditure managed by government officials, EPRDF has done well fighting corruption. But is that enough and is it working? Is there something that is missing that could help EPRDF avoid an embarrassment again and again when it arrest its own officials for corruption?
The challenge going forward will be magnified since many of the elder leaders who were less susceptible for corruption are being replaced while the country is engaged in a do or die economic expansion that will invite all kind of characters to the government! Have Your Say and share your thoughts!
January 22nd, 2013
Eritrea is going down fast on the slippery slope to become a failed state. As the immediate neighbor, Ethiopia must be worried by the fall of the Asmara regime without a real replacement it can count or deal with. It is certainly a big headache for policy makers in Ethiopia if Eritrea falls to the hands of the unknowns.
The recent uprising by a group of dissatisfied Eritrean army personnel’s says a lot as to what awaits Eritrea after Isaias Afeworki. The country may be poised to be ruined to the ground one more time since there are no institutions or organized groups functioning in the country. Most of the divided dissident groups scattered all over the world are far from the people and they themselves do not seem to understand what it takes to build a democratic order in Eritrea. Worst, the dissident’s relationship with the Eritrean army is nil thus will not be able to influence the army.
Many experts agree the end of Isaias Afeworki will not come by civil disobedience or exiled oppositions but with disgruntled officers. The late Tip O’Neil once said all politics is local and in this case although the Eritrean people may be wishing anything but Isaias Afeworki, is it in Ethiopia’s interest to wish for Isaias Afeworki to say in power or to work for any of the unknowns to come to power in Eritrea?
Have Your say?
August 21st, 2012
Ethiopia has lost one of a kind leader. Prime Minister Meles was one of a kind leader. He was smart, astute and internationally acclaimed leader. He was one of the few instrumental leaders who guided TPLF in to the victory lane defeating the tyrannical regime of Col Mengistu. Because of his leadership and the many unsung heroes of the TPLF/EPRDF today Ethiopia is at a much better place politically and economically. His leadership will be missed but his legacy will live on! The men and women of the TPLF are known for their tenacity and resourcefulness. We are sure they will find the next leader as they have been doing it ever since Musie and Suhul were martyred! The people of Tigray are not new to adversity; we are sure they will overcome the loss and continue the fight against poverty! The promise (Hidri Meles) will be kept and maintained! To Azeb and his children, Tsenat Yihabkum! We are with you, we cannot bring back Meles but we promise to keep his dream alive!!!
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July 21st, 2012
Comment on Gidey’s remarks on PM Meles’ health!
Zeru Hagos July 20, 2012
The secret behind TPLF’ssuccess is one and simple. The organization simply trusted the people to nurture and defend it against its adversaries. And boy did they!
By the way, the trust did not come out of thin air! It came because the people are known for their age-old culture of bravery, wisdom and deep respectful culture and Tsenat!
TPLF knew early on if it put a sound and principled program to liberate the public from backwardness and oppression the people would become in no time the owners of the revolution. And they did! Who can forget the faces of Amora and Qeshi Gebru!
On hindsight it seems that not all TPLFites knew this secret! The latest news about PM Meles’health has opened a window for many Diaspora talking heads to spew their venomous hateful analysis on the air. One among them is Gidey Zeratsion.
The man is a onetime TPLF member, but judging from his recent remark and recent activity it is easy to see why he was booted out from the leadership role! The man does not have the slightest decency to be a political leader let alone to carry the TPLF valor or conviction! No wonder he was allowed to hike out early on.
You might have had sympathy towards him before assuming he was wronged. What are your thoughts now after listening to the audio below? Have your say!
To listen to the interview click >>>>. voa_meles_health_gidey_zeratsion_07_19_20
June 28th, 2012
መቃወም የሚችል ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲን ያየህ ወዲህ በለኝ
ኢትዮጵያ ጠንካራ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ያስፈልጓታል፡፡ በአሁኑ ጊዜ ተፎካካሪ ፓርቲዎች ያስፈልጋሉ፡፡
ሕዝብ አማራጭ ሐሳቦችን ይፈልጋል፡፡ ጠንካራ ተፎካካሪ የፖለቲካ ፓርቲዎች ወይም ድርጅቶች ሳይኖሩ ጠንካራ ዲሞክራሲ እውን ለማድረግ አስቸጋሪ ነው፡፡
ጠንካራና ተፎካካሪ ፓርቲዎች ያስፈልጋሉ ስንል ግን ስለ ብዛትና ቁጥር እያወራን አይደለም፡፡ ጠንካራ የፖለቲካ ፕሮግራም፣ ጠንካራ ስትራቴጂና ስልት፣ ጠንካራ አደረጃጀትና ጠንካራ አመራር ያላቸው የፖለቲካ ድርጅቶች ማለታችን ነው፡፡
With all its shortcoming Ethiopia is really lucky to have The Reporter! At least it is trying to play its role!
We agree with the main message in the above article! Ethiopia needs responsible opposition that understands the saying there is always tomorrow! But there aren’t any!Those who came and went could not wait for tomorrow! If there are any you know let us know here…have your say anyways!
March 4th, 2012
The EPRDF government has done a wonderful job in expanding higher institution in the country over the last 20 years. There are now over 10 universities that are well established and many
more that have been established over the last few years. As in any expansion of such magnitude there will be all kind of challenges. It is expected the new universities to face challenges ranging from staffing human resources and rendering quality education. But universities like Mekelle, Awasa, Jimma, Addis, Bahirdar, Gondar, Nazeret, Arba Minch and Alamaya are well established where the country depends for a skilled, disciplined and professional workforce. It is heartbreaking to the say the least the above mentioned universities may have issues with corruption and cronyism. The question we have for former students and employees of these institutions is what has been your experience in lieu of the recent news about MU. A year ago we received a letter alleging the then president of AAU. Before we even digest the email letter the AAU president resigned. Share your thoughts in this open forum to create awareness to say the least. Have your say!
January 24th, 2012
The Ethiopian government has effectively transition from being known as a TPLF/EPRDF government to Prime Minister Meles government. This change did not come easy. During the armed struggle days TPLF/EPRDF were managed and run as effective organization by a group of leaders so to speak. Although such arrangement continued during the early years, after EPRDF assumed power , the obvious difficulty to run a country with such arrangement became evident as time passed. One of the main outcome of the TPLF leaders split has been that the Ethiopian government was more looking like a government with a prime minister at the helm and not a group of EPRDF leaders at the helm! We think this is good but readers are welcome to disagree. Regardless, we hope we all agree that EPRDF has transformed itself to become a government and not a guerilla movement unlike EPLF or Isaias Afeworki regime in Eritrea!
Prime minister Meles is set to retire in the coming three years. His legacy as a government head will be remembered for generations to come. We think PM Meles will be remembered more for his contribution as a government head and not as the head of TPLF/EPRDF. We say this for two reasons, first, the history of TPLF is more of the history of the people of Tigrai! Second, PM Meles’s contribution as a government head has achieved a lot historians can write volume after volume. One such volume may be his government dealing with the Isaias regime in Eritrea. Given all what has happened so far do you think Prime Minister will be happy to retire from politics without resolving the problem Ethiopia has with the one man regime in Eritrea? Do you agree or disagree the problem Ethiopia has with Eritrea today is significant enough that prime minister Meles has to address while he is in office? In other words, is this a must for PM Meles to resolve if he wants to keep his otherwise magnificent achievement as a government head untarnished? Have Your Say!
December 4th, 2011
The Ethiopian government is about to issue a new Diaspora policy to engage the vast diaspora community around the world. You can read the draft( here). Any policy will become effective and useful if it is derived based on inputs from those that will be affected by and on expert opinions. We may not be experts but we are for sure beneficiaries. As such what will it take for you as a diaspora to be engaged in your mother country? What would you like to see the policy address? And as a diaspora what will it take for you to move back and contribute your know how and invest your money? And what is missing from the current draft document that you would like to be included? Have Your say.
October 10th, 2011
In opening this blog, our intention is not to side track you from the main task at hand-defeating poverty and building the Hedase Dam! It is not our intention to remind you of your old wounds and fresh hurts! It is not our intention to remind you to point fingers and devoid you of a forgiving heart that you have towards the derge! Our intention is simply to give you a venue to air your grievances, anger and even “ululeta”. We have received many requests to open the blog and have received many comments about the recent release of the derge functionaries. We cannot post them all but you can! Have your say, just for the record, that derge victims were not forgotten on the day the criminals were let go free so to speak!
August 25th, 2011
The one man regime in Eritrea has been a thorn in the flesh for all the Horn countries for over a decade. Every country in the horn has been victimized by the regime at one time or another. In the case of Ethiopia, ever since the regime’s costly defeat during the war of 1998-2000, it has been engaged in covert action to derail Ethiopia’s peace. The regime is the primarily sponsor of the terrorist wings of the ONLF, OLF and Ginbot 7.
Resolving conflict by dialogue is normal and is the civil way. In many cases two warring parties will sit down to negotiate a win-win solution if the alternative is a zero-sum outcome. Ethiopia has begged the one man regime in Eritrea to sit down and resolve any issue it has ever since it came to power. Even during the aggression war of 1998, Ethiopia was ready to sit down and negotiate than to continue the costly war!
Ethiopia has been ready to sit down and negotiate to resolve any issue Eritrea has even though as a victor of the last war it could have demanded a final solution unilaterally. Isaias Afeworki declined all gestures. Instead of sitting down to negotiate it has been recruiting terrorist foot soldiers to cause mayhem inside Ethiopia.
Now the question we want readers to answer is why negotiate with the devil? We know the Ethiopian government will even sit-down with a Monkey if the Eritreans think monkey is all they have for now! But Isaias is not a monkey he is the Devil! Isaias is a devil who will do all in his power to survive. He has survived this long by signing at the dotted line at the 11th hour during the last war only to come back to plan and execute a Bagdad event- that never came thanks to Abune Aregawi, in Addis Ababa!
Isaias is cornered and is frightened. His best buddy Gaddafi is gone, his next best Mubarak is bed ridden waiting in jail and his key sponsors in other Middle East countries are hibernating due to fear of not knowing when their turnwill be to face Gaddafi’s fate. Now why give Isaias breathing space when the UN is working hard to sanction him more? Would Ethiopia benefit by sitting down with Isaias Afeworki regime today? Have Your Say!