The lady who informed us in a teleconference that the oral tradition of
should be explored is quite right in her
assertion. It appears that most Ethiopians seem to prefer oral discussions more than
written ones. Hence avenues that provide oral communication such as
through radios, paltalks, TV's, and panel discussion
plus teleconference discussions are exceedingly essential to our effort of
causing the public to understand
political problems. Thus, I provide
the following so that it can be shared to all by means of oral communication as
well. Please recognize that any and all of what is written below is not
necessarily original to me. What I have done is pull the ideas together
and share them here.
First and foremost what we need to establish are disciples to the nonviolent movement
headed by President Hailu Shawel.
We can do that only if we bring questions and discuss them until we agree on
important issues. We then need to present the "disciples creed"
that has been distilled from our best responses to important and crucial
questions. Below I present some questions and offer potential answers.
On May 8, 2005
close to 3 million Ethiopians demonstrated to show their support for Kinijit
under the chairmanship of President Hailu Shawel. On
May 15, 2005
over 90 % of the 26 million electorate
voted overwhelming to replace the TPLF/EPRDF dictators by the
democratic Kinijit. The TPLF dictatorship responded by banning demonstations on May 16. In October and November it killed over 190
unarmed civilians, imprisoned hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians for different
periods, and the Kinijit leaders for 21 months. Among the Kinijit leaders different individuals wished to pursue different tactics
and strategies. Some of them appeared to have strategies more akin to that pursued by the TPLF, and such folks are said to be "TPLF operatives" by some. Such operatives were working to weaken the Kinijit movement
by supporting other "TPLF operatives" in the Diaspora. After the
leaders were released the" TPLF operatives" among them campaigned to weaken the
movement by sabotaging the role of the President of Kinijit, thereby not respecting the vote of Ethiopians. For this reason alone such operative ought not to be listened to. Yet, there are individuals who ask how come President Hailu could not have held all the leaders together, and use such vacuous arguments to place aspersions against the genuine President of Kinijit? At any rate, as of March 9, 2008 many of those operatives
have organized themselves as the Unity for Justice and Democracy and Peace Party
(UJDP). Other operatives such as Ato Chamisso are allowed to have the name "Kinijitt Party" while Ato Lidetu is given the V-sign of Kinijit. Accordingly,
the TPLF has succeeded in weakening the Kinijit by puling three groups, namely the UJPD, the Chamisso and the Lidetu groups from the Kinijit. Yet, a major part of the Kinijit
operates as a genuine opposition party under the leadership of President Hailu and his international aid, Dr. Taye
Woldesemayat. Indeed, it is very clear that the
illegitimate TPLF government cannot allow the legitimate Kinijit party to
retain its name. Accordingly, irrespective of what the Kinijit party
under President Hailu might call itself to survive under the tyrannical TPLF regime the people will legitimize it as
the genuine Kinijit party that won the
May 15, 2005
More than ever before, the Kinijit party under President Hailu
requires strong disciples that will struggle to liberate
from the TPLF tyranny. The disciples
must have clear answers to simple questions.
QUESTION 1. WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ENEMY OF
DIMENSION. Current Western imperialism under the guise of
globalization has brought much havoc to
Ethiopia more than even the Ottoman Empire
of the 16th Century had. It is to be
recalled that in the early 16th Century Ahmed Gragn
nearly decimated Christian Ethiopia. The
Ottoman Empire had surrogates from Eritrea and Tigre provinces and from Hararge,
as these are outlets of Ethiopia
. Current Western imperialism has
supported a condition that causes
not to have a sea outlet by supporting
initially the EPLF and subsequently the TPLF. Western imperialism
supports disunity among Ethiopians so that it can easily sell it merchandize to
the population, and the population can be hired to serve as soldiers for wars
of imperialist interests. Western governments have identified the TPLF regime
as dysfunctional government but one that can meet international obligations.
(See discussion on this issue at http://aboutethiopia.com/4Ed.htm.)
The Moslem Arab world wishes to spread Islam across
. Also the radical elements that hate
Western influences would like to establish militant Islamic influences in the
The Egyptian interest of obtaining unrestricted use of the Nile has always led modern Egyptian leaders to
destabilize Ethiopia and support unpopular efforts in Ethiopia.
Unfortunately for Ethiopia gullible Tigre boys from Hamasein
who started liberation wars are currently
old men who are at the helm of governments in Asmara and Addis satisfying their personal greed and not the
or of the regions they profess to support.
Consequently, they have actively participated in the disunity of
every which way. Worse, the TPLF has
invaded a Moslem nation,
Somalia, and has established animosity between Ethiopia
and Moslem countries across the world.
All the TPLF wanted was the money that it could gain by using the services of
its companies of EFFORT as it wages war. It could care less about Ethiopian
casualties or the impact of that war on
. It paid no heed to the possibility
that the same Western powers might rise against it as they had done so to so
many dictators that they initially had supported in other regions. As a
foolish servant proudly proclaims that he will be saved by the strength of his
master, the TPLF has foolishly entered into a proxy war in
. Preemtion is a false right that no sensible leader can utilize to invade another country (http://aboutethiopia.com/c12-preemption-is-a-false-right.htm). The TPLF has sawn the seeds for a
radical Moslem regime to take revenge against
at an opportune time for the radicals.
NATIONAL DIMENSION. Perhaps the worst thing that
Ethiopia is the EPLF party that is run by Ato Isaias Afeworki.
This individual has organized the EPLF to disassemble
in every aspect. He helped establish the
TPLF, the OLF and other ethnic-centered political parties. He woos the
TPLF to engage in wars not only against the Ethiopian people, and later the
EPLF regime of
Eritrea but also against Somalia
. He trains all kinds of opposition
entities to oppose the TPLF or any organization that is not subordinate to
him. The EPLF does not rest until
is destroyed completely. Currently,
the EPLF is mad at itself because it has seen how the TPLF has become so rich
and none of what the TPLF pillages from
Ethiopia and from foreign aid in the name of Ethiopia is shared with the EPLF.
The TPLF, which was established with the help of the EPLF and which fought a
joint war to destroy the central government of Ethiopia is run by unscrupulous vagabonds who work
hard to enrich themselves and their associates, and who have no respect for the
interests of Ethiopia
and Ethiopians. Ever since it
ascended to power its economic operations through REST and EFFORT have garnered
it tremendous wealth. Also as openly stipulated in its Revolutionary
Democracy Instrument (RDI) it enters in all organizations of
including religious organizations and makes
them subservient to its dictates. The RDI also clearly shows that the
TPLF has promised never to leave power by the ballot box. The TPLF owns
all land and interprets the laws that it gave to its subjects only in ways that
benefit its interests and never to provide justice to the people.
It is remarkable that after the May 15, 2005 elections and after it noted that
the opposition has gained more than a hundred seats that it acquiesced to, the
TPLF had ordered its parliament to change the rules stipulating that
parliamentarians cannot suggest items for discussion unless the concern is
backed by more than 50 % of the parliamentarians. Previously, the signature
of only 20 parliamentarians were sufficient to cause the parliament discuss on
issues of interest to the country. Right now the rubber stamp parliament
is allowed to listen to interests of the TPLF. Then even after the
Kinijit was conditioned to enter parliament the TPLF was unwilling to accept
the famous Eight Points Principles, including having free media and a military
that is not subjugated by one party, principles that would lead to democratic
2. WHO EXACTLY ARE THE DISCIPLES TO THE ETHIOPIAN KINIJIT MOVEMENT THAT WAS
SUPPORTED BY THE 3 MILLION PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS OF MAY 8,
2005 AT ADDIS ABABA?
ANSWER. The demonstrations did not appear out of the blues. They
were not organize by the Kesta Damena party that was formed a few weeks before. The demonstrations occurred by the painstaking and diligent effort of AEUP (All Ethiopian Unity party) and
the guidance of President Hailu Shawel,
and the effort of the EDP (Ethiopian Democratic party).
The AEUP leadership wanted to form a coalition with other pan-Ethiopian
groupings and parties. While forming a coalition is not wrong, as we
gather from 20/20 hind sight, the merger was certainly wrong for the leaders
had different beliefs and tactics. The upshot is to comprehend that the AEUP
was the backbone of the merger.
The question is can the AEUP, or what it prefers to call itself because members
from other parties now working under President Hailu,
reemerge as a strong and all encompassing movement? The answer depends on
whether or not there are disciples of Kinijit who understand the intricacies of
the new alignment of oppositions, and who work to strengthen the opposition
without necessarily attacking other opposition entities.
Notice that the emphasis on disciples is based on respecting the wishes of the
3 million Ethiopians who demonstrated in Addis on May 8, 2005, and the 26 million who voted on May 15,
. That is where
the notion of disciples emanates from and focuses on. President Hailu stands tall as its leader because he worked hard to
spawn it and guide it. The disciples are not imposing any esoteric shenanigans
on individuals or groups in Ethiopia
or in the Diaspora. The role of the
disciples is to follow the dictates of the voters of
Ethiopia as related and interpreted by its
unquestionable leader President Hailu Shawel.
3. HOW CAN WE INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DISCIPLES?
ANSWER. The first order of business is to have disciples, i.e. true
believers. What are needed are individuals who with clear conscience and
without any pressure believe in the value of respecting the votes of Ethiopians
given on May 15, 2005, and thereby accepting President Hailu as the elected leader of the party and of the nonviolent movement. More than
increasing the number of disciples, what is required is strengthening the
conviction of the existent disciples. If we can get dedicated and true disciples
any 12 of them can do marvels as was demonstrated by the Christian movement.
From the Diaspora it is unlikely to obtain individuals who will devote 100% of
their time as disciples. Thus, unlike the Christian movement we may have
to recruit more than 12 disciples.
If we do not have true disciples (believers) what is the point of increasing
numbers? Merely increasing the numbers of people who will likely disagree with
each other all the time takes us nowhere. In contrast, if we have
disciples, those dedicated individuals will take the movement somewhere and
entrain others whom they can convince in our common journey. Thus the focus is
on the conviction and depth of support of the followers rather than on the
number of followers.
4. WHAT SHOULD OUR DISCUSSIONS FOCUS ON?
ANSWER. Our discussions should not focus on points offered by the TPLF and its
surrogates that may be uttered to occupy our time and effort. For example
should we engage in "hulegeb struggle,"
meaning a struggle with an armed component? Discussion on such issues by the
Diaspora merely promotes the causes of the EPLF and TPLF, and their
supporters. We shall make determination on whom to follow if and when
are engaged in struggles that are knowable
to friends and foes alike. Currently, the nonviolent movement headed by
President Hailu is knowable and we are its disciples.
If members of the armed forces of Ethiopia rise against the TPLF and side with the
nonviolent movement headed by President Hailu we
definitely will welcome that eventuality. If other Ethiopians engage in a
pan-Ethiopian armed struggle that is making a measurable dent then we may have
to reassess the goings on and seek guidance from the nonviolent movement leaders
Ethiopia and how they see the armed suppression of
Ethiopians by the TPLF and efforts at liberation by pan-Ethiopian armed groups,
should any such exist.
5. WHAT TASKS SHOULD THE DISCIPLES PERFORM?
- They should be versed in the Disciples' Creed and implement its dictates without equivocation and preach its usefulness to all Ethiopians.
- They should proceed with ethical code of conduct as they strive to bring justice in Ethiopia.
- They should contribute funds and engage in fund raising efforts, and provide knowable amounts to the Kinijit movement headed by President Hailu.
- The disciples should network among each other and across regions and continents.
- Whereas the products of the culture of the Tigre gossa are to be respected, the disciple should engage in “Hizbawe Imbita” and should not purchase items made or transacted by REST or EFFORT or any such TPLF companies or businesses.
- They should encourage the establishment of economies managed by Ethiopians who are not supporters of the EPLF and TPLF and should purchase the items made or transacted from such businesses.
We should at all times be hopeful that western governments can be brought back
to the traditions of human liberties. Hence we should not tire from
trying to influence government agencies, congresses and administrations to help
freedom loving Ethiopians extricate themselves out of the morass that the TPLF
has placed the country under.
It is my belief that if we can agree on the five questions outlined above and
on the answers provided, or if we can formulate other questions and answers to
which we can agree the movement shall live and ultimately triumph.