The Pseudo elites of EPRDF have ruled Ethiopia for 25 years. Determined to continue their rule they have even put in place a leadership succession plan. They controlled the economy, the military and the media.
In the process they seem to forget what type of rule they have instituted. The government they have established and effectively and powerfully ruled Ethiopia for so long is dominated by a one minority ethnic group camouflaged as multi ethnic.
As Ethiopia’s economy grow and the inequality keeps widening, it has become patently clear to all Ethiopians this government is not their government. The government infested with corruption, extreme selfishness, and above all ‘hatred’ for everything Ethiopian has increasingly become unable to deliver political goods and services.
States are bound to fail when such goods and services are not being supplied. Some of these goods include the implementation of the rule of law, political freedom, and an economic framework that works for all. None of these have been provided notwithstanding the government’s claim of fast economic growth and free and fair election. The people revolted and demanded change.
In Ethiopia there is a looming danger of civil unrest that might lead to a State failure if not prevented quickly. Right now it is not the intensity of violence that matters so much as it is the enduring nature of the violence. It is a sign of the ‘Twilight of EPRDF Rule in Ethiopia’. The government, its media, its surrogates (such as Aiga Forum) and others are trying to paint the ‘revolution’ as instigated by this or that group that must be stopped.
The government and more directly the core members of TPLF must learn from history. Repressing revolution is not the way to achieve stability. They must quickly institute a meaningful reform that would forestall disaster and assure a peaceful democratic transition of which they themselves would also be beneficiaries. Ego and pride are the hurdles but remember ‘Pride goes before destruction’.
In 2009, in a piece entitled “Deceitful Master: The Truth about Meles Zenawi “, I wrote “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.”
In a world with so many complex problems ranging from religious conflicts to economic woes, Ethiopia cannot afford a government that is internally crumbling because the ‘glue’ that stitched it together had worn out.
EPRDF would do Ethiopia good by taking concrete measures that fosters open discussions amongst all groups and political persuasions. All of us, who professed to love our country, must reject the temptation to call for the total discard of everything EPRDF has done. Instead, we should all work toward putting forth constructive ideas, plans and actions to build a democratic culture within and outside of Ethiopia.
Deceitful Master: The Truth about Ethiopia´s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
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 Lo behold we witnessed it again in 2010.
In the run up to the 2010 ‘staged election’, Andrew Cawthorne reported what Meles has said regarding his replacement “The party is in the process of dialogue, and sooner or later it will make its decision, and that will be it, …adding he was unlikely to act without EPRDF blessing. We have a large leadership pool, any one of whom could take the mantle”. Yea, it does not take too much to ruin a country.
Did you notice for Meles it is a foregone conclusion that either he or one of his buddies and no one else will be the leader of Ethiopia notwithstanding the 2010 election? Everybody pretty much expected this to be the case. In fact Andrew reported at the time, “Diplomats expect the EPRDF to win the 2010 election, and for one of Meles’ senior Cabinet members to take over.” They right about one and wrong on the other for Meles is still at the helm. Meles has told us he will for sure leave in 2015. The arrogance of Meles knows no bounds. To him it matters little, if any, whether Ethiopians have already rejected him. He is telling Ethiopians, ‘have patience I might leave in 2015.’
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 “maybe I’ll or maybe I will 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 all 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. But, you see for Meles Ethiopia is simply his personal property.
Yet, all over the media the question of succession was 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’s image to continue their stranglehold. For now they seem to succeed in the person of the newly minted Haile Mariam Desalegn; heir to the ‘throne’.
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.