Kinijit Diaspora structural problem and the case of the AFD.
Two issues tear at the heart of Kinijit Diaspora. These problems are the KIL (Kinijit International Leadership) and
the AFD (Alliance for Freedom and
Democracy). As indicated in the
A. When reporting about any document please read the document carefully and share the story contained in the document by correctly quoting from it.
B. You have a right to propose your idea about a document. However, please do not share your idea as an alternative to what is given in a document before you have carefully read the document and have understood its contents. The document as told to you by Mr. X may be different from that as told by Mr. Y. If your views are not based on reading a document, please make sure and tell your audience that your idea about a certain document is based on what Mr.__ has told you and is not based on your firsthand reading of the document.
C. If you do not have a direct (firsthand) knowledge of what the leaders in Kaliti have said or done, do not pass your statement as though you had firsthand (direct) knowledge. You can say that you have direct knowledge when you have heard for example Ato Hailu speak about the pertinent issue, or that you have seen him write a piece of document that you ascribe to him. If you do not have a direct knowledge of events, please recognize that your information is based on hearsay.
D. Be mindful of the context and the philosophical thinking behind a statement made by an authority. Since every one has ideas of God, it might be profitable to use stories about God to make the point that many authorities represent an idea in widely separate ways. Taking the concept of God as an example, the follower of one faith strongly feels that the followers of the other faiths are thoroughly wrong. But, as Philosopher Zera Yacob has put it well, “the truth is one.” And how might we arrive at the truth? The truth is revealed to “reason” or “the light of our hearts”. Let us see how some humans expressed their understanding of God.
D1. Philosopher Zera Yacob (1599-1692) reasoned that God is good, creates good things and does not curse his creation, nor does he need any miracles made by man or on man to show his presence. Any religion that speaks of curses or burning done by God on His creation could not be talking about God as Zera Yacob perceives Him.
D2. Scientist George Washington Carver (1864-1943) saw God as wanting to do good to all humanity and that the purpose of humans is to serve as vessels for God to do His goodness to all.
D3. A Bahamian priest was impressed by how
the inhabitants of that British Colony lost their African languages and learned
to speak English, how they lost their culture and acquired British ones, and
how they were told to keep their quarters clean for a whole year in case the British
monarch might decide to visit any home at the year that the monarch might have said
it will visit the Bahamas, but for a date not specified before hand to the
Bahamians. The priest shared further
that though the Bahamians may not have gone to
After this long foray on pleading to the reader to distinguish between first hand information and interpretations, and that interpretations must be guided by “reason,” I wish to now return to the two issues that afflicted the Kinijit Diaspora.
Regarding the Kinijit Diaspora structural arrangement I
had proposed the following on
1) Avoid antagonizing the KIL or the former Kinijit-USA Executive.
2) Cause Chapter chairpersons to form a council, from which a chairperson, a treasurer and a PR person should be elected as the executive branch of the support unit. That is all the bylaws you need initially. NB. If for some reason the representatives of Chapter chairpersons decides to elect an individual other than a support-chairperson to serve in the executive committee, that person must understand that she/he derive their power only from the council of representatives and hence are answerable to the council.
3) Accept the
existent chairperson of KIL Major Yoseph
Yazew as a member of the
new executive and as chairman of the Liaison office of the new Kinijit-USA Executive. The new Kinijit
4) Do not use a quota system or any manner that will recognize the component parties (AEUP, EDP-Medhin, or Kesta Demena, et cetera) in the selection of the Kinijit Executive. Work for a Kinijit Party.
Though I had asked Kinijit supporters to pay attention to the four points given above, they did not implement them and the Kinijit Diaspora split into three
groups. One of this is the original Kinijit
Diaspora group, the second is the KIL-Andargatchew- Berhanu group, and the third is a group that seeks reunion or has become
despondent. None of these heeded to the
necessary structural adjustment that I proposed about six months ago as
restated above. All forget the important
structural elements of a support unit. The essential component parts of a support unit are, the elected leaders in
I- The original Kinijit Diaspora Group, which is headed by Shaleqa Yoseph then as it is now, has the same structural problem that I tried to address in my proposal of six months ago. The liaison office chairman is identified as the chairman of the Diaspora Kinijit. What is in error here is that the structure does not allow the Kinijit Diaspora to elect its own chairman. The problem is not merely a matter of adjustment of people. The structure as it is now breeds inefficiency and is debilitating to the Kinijit Movement in the Diaspora. It has to change.
II- The KIL-Andargatchew-Berhanu Group. This has serious structural
problems. One good thing about this group is that it allowed KIL followers in
the Diaspora to elect their Diaspora leader. However, the Kinijit International Leadership is not an elected body and
cannot claim the right and the name or power of Kinijit
III- The reconciliation, or stay indifferent group. This has serious structural problem. It wishes to reconcile structurally flawed entities into one. This group has not showed that the parts that should be reconciled are complementary.
Proposed solution for Diaspora Kinijit structural problem.
It is clear from the above discussion that many more in the Diaspora would reinvigorate the Diaspora Kinijit movement if the structure is adjusted so that, 1) those in the Diaspora elected their leader, 2) the Kinijit liaison office is headed by Shaleqa as the “ewqinna” is his, and the he is placed as part of the Diaspora Executive body - the liaison chairman should be accorded the right to dismiss an elected Diaspora chairperson if such a person veers from the principles of Kinijit, with the elected vice chairperson taking the leadership until new elections are held, - it must be recognized that the democratic effort of the Kinijit support is only for the purpose of supporting the Kinijit movement, and 3) the Diaspora Kinijit recognizes that the elected leaders now in Kaliti are the national and international leaders of the Kinijit movement.
I now return to the case of the AFD. At one point I had asked how the OLF-led AFD
is different from the TPLF-led EPRDF (http://aboutethiopia.com/c7-OLF-AFD.htm)
as a way unearthing any flows that might be contained in the AFD. I and several
others have shown that the AFD document (MOU and Statutes) are flawed. I have made the point that the majority of