The Smart Way for Ethiopians By Muluken Gebeyew

The Ethiopian people struggle has reached to its pinnacle.  The oppressive TPLF regime is to crumble. Ethiopians of all walk of life have to be prepared what is to unfold.

The Fascist TPLF in its 25 years of brutal regime has saw seeds of hate, suspicion, disunity, false identity and history. It has established a structure that facilitate its minority regime while majority are left divided, disunited and paranoid of each other. These would create obstacles for smooth transition even after TPLF’s death.

Ethiopians have to be smart, measured, matured  and human on tackling this uneven road. We have to make sure  and work whatever possible to guarantee the next administration should  offer  equal opportunity for all of us, treat us equally under the law and ensure  genuine  citizenship  with all our human, economic, social rights and responsibilities respected. We should make sure that any regime that follows shouldn’t be on power without our will ( genuine election) and the power should be also curbed.

While we are under such new challenge defining our future,  we should remain committed and united  not to let any gap where our historical enemies (local or far away) and opportunists  to interfere in our country and our fate.

TPLF is not ready to negotiate for peaceful transition and ignored concerned  intellectuals and elders call for  transition and handover of power. It preferred  resolution by force and proclaimed state of  emergency law to further stifle the human rights  of Ethiopians and engage in killing spree.

The following are  my suggestions for the way forward  to spearhead the challenge we face and pave the way for democratic and compassionate nation building.

While TPLF is still on power, we have to  do some of the  following ,

  1. To convene International conference where all opposition parties, civic organisations, religious institutions, respected elders, trade unions and responsible organisations to draw road map for the transitions and come up with “Transitional Charter” for the transition government.
  1. Strong emphasis on national reconciliation and resolution through peaceful means which would avoid further bloodshed and pave for the matured transition.
  1. A council made of all political parties, civic organisations, respected elders, religious leaders, intellectuals, trade union, higher educational institutions representative to be formed.
  1. To avoid further internal struggle and potential bloodshed among these parties, the executive branch of this council which will replace the TPLF ministerial cabinet should be non political aligned respected  elders,  intellectuals, activists and technocrats. 

The main responsibility of the council and  its cabinet should be first and foremost,

  • ensure peace and stability in the country.
  • national reconciliation and peaceful resolution of conflicts and differences.
  • establish  commission to investigate the atrocities made by TPLF on the massacres and human right abuses it made in the last 25 years with International organization participation.
  • release of all political prisoners.
  • ensure free press, media  and peaceful demonstration
  • establish independent court free from political interference.
  • establish new apolitical  police and army. For the time being the current army and police force  ( excluding TPLF members and those above the rank of Major)  can be considered with addition of opposition armed members to form transitional government police and army forces.
  • bring to justice those who are responsible for the crime committed by the TPLF/ EPRDF.
  • nationalise the economic mafia organisations that belongs to TPLF and its branches …(like EFFORT and others).
  • to compensate those who lost their family members, land and businesses due to TPLF atrocities
  • maintain Ethiopian sovereign territory  and continue the developmental works that are of national interest including projects started by previous regime.
  • to create  new constitution  which treats every citizen  equally  and ensure the fundamental human right respected  and grantee full citizenships  with its right and responsibilities.
  • to organise genuine election with in 2 years.
  • to make sure  first past the post and also proportional representation election outcome  in the new parliament ( ideal for country with different ethnicities and political views, it will deny one party full or 100% control like TPLF))
  • Handover of power to elected government and resolve the council.

We  need the international bodies  (UN, OAU, EU, USA, UK and other organisation like Amnesty international, Human Rights and other relevant organisations)  to help us  during this transition which is also in their best interest.

For the implementation of such, we need every parties  and Ethiopians to be far sighted and work for the better to make TPLF’s regime the last oppressive regime in the history of our country.  We have to stand together and treat each other as brothers and sisters of one mother land. We need to be not deflected by selfish motives of ethnicity or religion which we belong  to define our common country and future. We need to  build a common country responsibly where we all are treated  as equals. we need to build a country of peace  and equality of which we will be  proud of.

“..Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God”  Psalm 68:31.

May God help us!

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4 Responses to The Smart Way for Ethiopians By Muluken Gebeyew

  1. Wetar Reply

    October 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Hi Muluken,

    I have noted change of heart from “we the Amharas” to we the Ethiopians. You seem to have made an apparent shift from ethnic nationalism you ostensibly fell prone to during last few months to a more inclusive civic thinking. For this, I welcome you. You see ethnic nationalism works best for ethnic-entrepreneurs, not the citizens.

    Yet, you’re still in blind-fold. To make your liberation from ethnicity as complete as it should be, I would like to encourage you to call a spade is spade instead of evading the facts on the ground. The incumbent is a coalition of ethno-nationalists of all makings including your cousins within the ANDM (Gedu et al), OPDO, SPDEM, not only the TPLF you most like to demonize. A complete transition from ethnicity would require one to reject all forms of ethnic nationalism irrespective of who espouses them. So, without any double standard, I would ask you to dare include the ANDM, too. I don’t see any reason to the contrary. Why hesitate? Were your cousins within the ANDM angles and saints as far as their track record of the last 25 years in the region can tell?

    Worse still, you appear to be daydreaming! When will the incumbent go exactly, any way? You must have some kind of knowledge about it; otherwise you (with all your sanity) wouldn’t have drafted a charter for your ‘government in exile’ – an idea which is neither smart nor realistic.

    Of all in your omnibus list, I found the 2nd bullet from last quite entertaining. In your utter ignorance, you apparently conflate first past the post, which is currently being practiced and blamed for resulting in 100% dominance of one party, and the 2nd option i.e. proportional representation, which has quite a different outcome.Your confusion reminds me of the Amharic adage: ከመጠምጠም መማር ይቅደም!

    But, will your cousins in the ANDM be part of your ‘government of dream’, any way? Will their business conglomerate (Tiret) be confiscated or will they be exempted as what you see in makes one’s mouth water? Be that as it may, what is that makes the ways smart, when, unlike your day dreaming, the incumbent is still as alive as intact, and when in fact you yourself cannot assert with certainty how and in what way the incumbent would go? Alas, shallow and hollow men say all the rubbish!

  2. Liku Reply

    October 11, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    This is really a smart idea because while we fight with each other on who takes to get power our enemies specially the arab country around us may use this opportunity to make it a muslim country

  3. Oromo Reply

    October 12, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Please call upon all opposition political and armed groups to design a plan to liberate Ethiopia from Woyane Thugs by noting the state of weakened Woyane forces in Oromia and Amhara Kilil and the anticipated military confrontation with Eritrea. It is a very critical time for a coordinated action!

    The opportunity comes from the fact that the enemy of my enemy is my friend – a positive engagement of the opposition with the government of Eritrea is a testimony in that regard. This certainly creates a solid foundation and access to coordinate the military engagement of Woyane by Eritrean forces – through spying on woyane forces and military strategy and sharing the information with Eritrean forces, by campaigning among the non-Tigrean portion of the Ethiopian Defense Forces to turn the gun onto Woyanes, by cutting supply routes within Ethiopia, by striking at woyane establishments within Ethiopia, by calling on mass uprising, call on students and teachers to protest, to strike against all woyane thugs and criminals who are killing and maiming people in Oromia, Amhara, Konso, Ogaden etc, to strike against woyane prisons and free all prisoners of conscience. If the opposition is determined to work and plan on the general themes mentioned above, Woyane will be history within weeks – and TPLF / Woyane and other Tigre criminals and accomplices will be hunted like dogs and brought to justice!!!

  4. gebraye Reply

    October 13, 2016 at 1:02 PM


    አንተ ሰው: ዞሮባሃል መሰል::
    ይሂ ሙሉቀን ገበየው ነው:: ስለአማራ ይናገራል የምተለው ሙሉቀን ተስፋሁን ነው:: አይ የወያኒ ነገር ዞሮብሃል::

    ደሞ አንተ ሳታውቅ አዋቂዎችን አላዋቂ ማለትህ::

    there is mixed electoral system which combines first past the post and proportional system, it is practised in some countries.

    In Germany, where it is used on the federal level and on most state levels, MMP is known as personalised proportional representation (personalisiertes Verhältniswahlrecht)

    ሙሉቀን ገበየው የሚነግርህ ይህን ነበር:: እስኪ መጀምርያ አስተወል::
    ህወሓት እኮ ነው በኢሓዺአግ ስም አግር የሚገዛው:: ህወሓት ሲውድቅ ሁሉም Department (amahra, ormomo, southern part)ይበተናል::

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