8 March 2018

Ethiopia: Protecting Ethiopia From Fifth Columnists' Conspiracy

opinion

Hiding themselves in their own Trojan Horse and pausing as advocates of social justice and democracy, over the last two years, social media "patriots", self styled liberators and "champions of freedom and democracy" had continued to violate children's rights to education, mother's freedom to go to local markets to buy food and the rights of daily laborers to eke life through their labor.

Burning down public and private vehicles, schools, clinics and public amenities has already become the tactics of thugs, turncoats and riffraffs pausing as democrats to destroy the cherished cultural values of all Ethiopians in a gradual and creeping manner hoping for gloom and doom of this proud country and its peoples.

This is just a reminder of an Oromifaa proverb which goes "Reefuu naatt ifee jette Jaartin mana offiirraatti Gubdee " the old women burned down her house and said now it is all bright for me"

Nobody in bright mind claps when public and individual property is damaged, when town and village residents are ordered to confine themselves to their own houses, when shops are closed at day light and when roads are blocked.

In any volatile situation, it is the poor and poverty stricken children and mothers are the ones who suffer most. They become totally helpless and fragile in the face of lawlessness and chaos. This is what has been going on in this country which was and is peaceful.

Some Ethiopians think that they have two countries. No country can be cloned with whatever level of technology and this is totally unnatural.

No government, including the government of Ethiopia who can speak for itself, can oppose changes in polices and strategies. This is natural and inevitable and is supported by the government whose purpose of existence is meeting the multi-faceted needs of the public.

Destroying public and private property, closing down schools and shops that cater to the public is totally incompatible with interests of the peoples of Ethiopia and would only mean a gross miscalculation on Ethiopia's quest for peace and inclusive national development.

Yes, just like any developing country, Ethiopia is facing various development challenges and good governance shortfalls that are officially admitted by the ruling party and the government. The litmus paper for the government efforts is the way it is currently responding to public needs and interests.

Declaration of a state of emergency was not the original intent of the government and it has never targeted honest citizens on the street but the organizers of the conspiracy against the country.

Some even take the case as a promulgation of a martial law which is under normal conditions declared by a military regime to quell any level of opposition. Ethiopia's state of emergency is declared to enforce the constitutional rights of the public and to safeguard the development gains of the country.

The juxtaposition between the quest for peace and democracy specifically entails unflinching enforcement of the rule of law and lawlessness may sometimes be far beyond the capacity of law enforcement bodies demanding the declaration of a state of emergency. This is not unique to Ethiopia as it is in consonance with the provisions of the international law.

No society has ever been led by anonymous social media rattling by those who shed alligators tear from remote while they themselves enjoy the peace and tranquility they are provide at the expense of their host country. The violators of human rights themselves tell us about human rights violation which they have cunningly triggered through social media.

The concept of citizenship implies a natural adherence and sprit of belongingness to a country. It indicates belonging to a specific historical society in a specific geographical setting. It also entails constitutional rights and obligations. Swimming against the flowing demands of the public is therefore tantamount to betrayal of the highest proportions.

In reality and in the most natural sense, any human being, of course including all Ethiopian, wherever they may be enjoy at least 5 levels of relationship in this planet of ours. First of all, every one, weather she is born in or outside of wedlock will have a father and a mother.

This is a natural biological relationship of any person who is normally born or through a Cesarean section. Next, as the result of this, one belongs to a specific ethnic group and finally becomes a citizen of a country like Ethiopia. Further on, Every Ethiopian is an African and every African is a dweller on our planet which is part of our solar system which belongs to our galaxy known as Milky Way. In this context, everyone is a citizen of Ethiopia either by birth or by expediency and at the same time connected to the universe.

Ethiopia's federal system itself is not an end in itself but a democratic system of government organized at whims and desires of every citizen. One is born in a certain ethnic group and becomes a citizen of a country, unless his/her right to citizenship is legally lifted through due process of law or unless one decides to shift his/her citizenship.

The real enemy of all the peoples of Ethiopia is undoubtedly poverty itself. Poverty however cannot be defeated through unjustified punitive actions that benefit nobody.

Peace does not come out of the blue unless every one works for it and by and large; it is a sine qua non for national development, security and safety.

Peaceful demonstrations and petitioning the government on any public or individual issue is a constitutional right of any citizen and should even be encouraged by the government as

The current conspiracy against this country is indeed part of a dress rehearsal towards a major attempt to balkanize the country and give way for a permanent reign of terror and civil war in the Horn of Africa.

The government and the concerned sector ministries like the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc can reverse the current irregular situation in the country by organizing public education on the constitution of the country and basic civil rights as a means of involving the public to fight for their basic rights to peace and development.

The creation of a demanding society needs to be buttressed with visible and measurable response to the ever growing public demands particularly focusing on service delivery in all sectors. Particular emphasis needs to be given to the performance of sectors in the lowest echelons of government structure.

The prevalence of accountability in all sectors of the development programs of the country is critical to the rapid development of the country and swift response to the interests and needs of the public.

A lot has been said and done on empowering the youth and women through various development programs like youth packages, safety net programs and the like. However, to what extent are these sectors of the society benefiting from such programs? What are the achievements? To what extent are the regional governments utilizing the funds meant for youth development? What are the weak links and areas of strength in this area? It is high time to monitor and evaluate the results and demand accountability on these programs unless the government risks a proliferation of despair and discontent among the decisive strata of modern Ethiopian society.

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