Zekarias Ezra | July 09, 2009 –Dictatorship has been, and continues to be, the hallmark of political reality in Ethiopia. Masses clamor for democracy, or some form of representational government, but assorted potentates and dictators in control at the top make sure that a system based on popular support never emerges while still preaching and professing democracy and holding sham elections. That was what we witnessed in the 2005 election and it seems poised to wintness again.
These tyrannical rulers, besides ruling now, want to perpetuate their stranglehold on the populace even after their ´death´ by putting their sycophant heirs on the seat from where political and economic power is exercised. Building a ruling dynasty for the successors to continue the savagery of their masters is a perverse form of immortality Meles and Co., are actively seeking in Ethiopia now. What might the roughly 80 million people want in their leaders even did not cross Meles´s and his cohorts mind? Journalists kept asking him “will you step down?” on every turn. And, Meles kept answering “may be or may be not. The party will decide.” Why should the party decide? The Ethiopian people care less who will be the leader of EPRDF. Meles and his friends can decide that day long. But when it comes to the question who replaces this tyrant? The decision must be made by the Ethiopian people. There should not be ifs and buts on this question.
Yet, all over the media the question of succession is being discussed to death but in a shameful manner. Some would say Ato A or Ato B or Ato C should succeed him and others would say no competent person can be found et cetera. What a disgrace to the nation? What about the voice of Ethiopians? Ok, the dictators have a stake on who should succeed Meles but why do the rest of us trumpeting this sham instead of exposing it for what it is? Meles and his cohorts are busy grooming another dictator in Meles image to continue their stranglehold.
Once tyranny is established in a nation, how does it perpetuate itself? It perpetuates itself by no other means but by grooming a similar breed. This is not new. It has been so since time immemorial. Let us use Biblical references for a foundation to find the answer to this question. In John 8:44 Jesus says, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” In John 10:10a Jesus tells us, “The thief comes not, but for to steal, to kill and to destroy.
The first tyrant was the devil. The Lord Jesus Christ tells us his tactics as stated above. First, the devil is “a murderer.” He steals kills and destroys. Next, the devil is “a liar.” Have not Ethiopia witnessed this in the last 18 years? Murders (nearly 200 were killed in 2005), and lies after lies (while millions are drowning in abject poverty Meles unashamedly asserts that the economy of the country is growing at 10% annually).
Meles and his friends tacitly and at times explicitly encourage public bickering on the basis of race and language; they censor anyone who disagreed with them and most of the times just throw them in jail. They have destroyed national values by ridiculing patriotism and honesty. All these are but diabolical works.
When you see an organization or government doing the things listed above, you are looking at a system that rules by the brute force of a tyrant. The only way tyranny can perpetuate itself is to constantly keep the people in a state of confusion with a well organized war against their unity and that is exactly what Meles is doing.