Ethiopian Press Agency (Addis Ababa)

1 September 2012

Ethiopia: Watch Out for Inhumane Grabbers!

editorial

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We know this is a difficult moment for the nation as it lost its great leader.

The whole country is in mourning for the last couple of days. This moment of grief has taken the attention of citizens until they pay their last tribute shortly in hours time. People currently are experiencing certain sort of feelings and emotions elsewhere - on their way, at their work place, at home pursuant to the untimely death of the late prime minister meles zenawi who spent all his lives for the betterment of this country's social, economical and political status.

Thus, citizens are in two very stunning state of affairs. on the one hand, in a state of remembering meles' legacy - his deeds to enable the country to stand on its feet in various spheres. On the other hand, people are worrying for the fate of this country in future, particularly how to proceed in pursuance of the vision of the late leader successfully.

While these are apparently facts in progress, there may be deviants here and there who are not guided by moral or legal laws. There is a common saying that goes 'chaos in the market place is a fortune for thieves'. Some reports reveal that some shameless and greedy individuals are trying to undertake illegal constructions round the urban outskirts using the opportunity as a loophole.

Such irresponsible individuals need to notice one thing. The country's rules and regulations, laws and constitutions are all in place. The death of the country's leader is at rest does not mean that the rules and regulations, laws and constitutions are at rest. Even the rules and regulations, laws and constitutions continue to be the living monuments of the great leader. They are still functioning and will continue all the way as before. Only one person is missing but the government who is responsible in putting the laws into effect is fully functioning. The policy perspectives of the late premier has been put in a vivid manner and continue to be implemented.

So, why these individuals are engaged in such a reckless actions for which they would be judged before the law? For any construction, undoubtedly there is a concrete legal procedure that anyone should comply and undertake related activities accordingly. No small portion of land belongs to an individual without any legal backgrounds or before permitted by law and goes in similar way in construction; this is indisputable reality in the current Ethiopian law.

The fact that the executive bodies are well structured to the kebele level, nobody could act the sovereign law being out of illumination; every activity whether right or wrong vividly noticed though it may stay out of sight for couple of days especially in difficult times as what is happening now in our country. Otherwise, those who get involved in malfeasance acts would promptly pay for their wrongdoings. These unaccountable individuals may think that the society is not alert. Citizens are active enough to defend common rights and protect government properties from grabby individuals.

Needless to mention, any property owned by the government including land directly or indirectly belongs to the people which is used for multifaceted national purposes. Hence, it would be foolishness to try to seize any of people's resources in stress times like the country is in now.

Above all, the government officials at all levels need to be watchful all the time taking into account something wrong may happen in such uneven times. It is also quite advisable that community policing who supposed to be so close to the society should safeguard their vicinity and responsibly attest for the legality of certain activities mainly constructions. Likewise, citizens need to play their role in cooperating with police or government officials to battle against such immoral and unlawfulness.

In sum, we must preserve the very ethical culture of ours in which we are well known to share sympathies in bad times and rejoicing together in happy times than doing any personally annoying things to one another. Committing crimes in such difficult times is also inhumane that we must refrain from.

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