December 12, 2013
It was on December 2 of this year that the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) broadcast the breaking news that the ruling party has extended its intention for negotiation with Ginbot 7 Movement for Justice, Freedom and Democracy. ESAT has made a very brief but quite important follow up by conducting an interview with Dr. Berhanu Nega, Chairman of Gibot 7. And this was followed by another very brief interview conducted by Solomon Kifle of the VOA of Amharic Service with Dr. Berhanu Nega. As the news has become extensively engaging and interesting (as it should be), EAST’s journalists have conducted discussions about their own impressions and tried to reflect their analyses from their own perspectives. Interestingly enough, ESAT has continued inviting those professionals and activists who wanted to express their own observations, impressions and analytical arguments. ESAT as a team in general and those journalists who are directly involved in particular truly deserve sincere appreciation. Great job!!
I truly believe that this kind of news should not be taken just as any other news and views. It is the news that holds a very serious political issue that requires a very deep, rational, objective and critical consideration and engagement; not just extensive but very emotional and shallow talks about talks.
On the contrary, the so-called state minister of the Government’s Communication Affairs Office, Shemels Kemal has as usual continued playing his role of extremely stupid way of miscommunication. I strongly believe and argue that it has to unequivocally be expressed that it is gravely disgraceful and embarrassing not only to the Ethiopian people but also to the ruling party itself to keep this type of person who is suffering from an incredible level of self- degraded state of mind in that position at the expense of the innocent Ethiopian tax payers money. I am not asking why he should not be trustworthy which is not of course the very nature and behavior of the ruling party to which he belongs. Not at all! What I am saying is that this guy has no sense of any ordinary norm or any elementary sense of self-discipline leave alone to represent the government at that level of responsibility. And we really should be worried about our country and her great people being under a ruling party full of political cadres such as Kemal who have never speak their minds, but have sold their souls and minds just for feeding their voracious bodily appetites. I do not know what else can be one of the very clear testimonies of the very dirty political game of the ruling party if the “sate minister” Shemeles Kemal’s empty-mindedness, being not only a very simple speaking tool of his bosses but a tool with a very dysfunctional system is not the case in point. I wish I could have better words to describe the way those cadres continue to behave and act. Unfortunately, that is the way it is!
I strongly argue that the more we encounter this kind of political idiocy, the more we need to not only be concerned but to be willing and able to interpret our words into deeds and get ready to deal with it accordingly. We cannot afford to continue the very senseless question of “why Kemal and many of his cronies continue playing not only just stupid way of communication but most seriously dangerous political game?” We sincerely need to ask ourselves, “When and how we need to turn our slogan of ENOUGH IS ENOUGH into a powerfully concrete way of doing things?”
Any-how, what we should really be very mindful and courageous enough is on the question of for what purpose is dialogue and negotiation? What are the core principles that should not be compromised at all? What kind of give and take we should expect in the process of negotiation? Should the process be inclusive, not exclusive? Are we dealing with a party (government) that has either a history of credibility and courageous enough to learn from its horrible attitude and practice during its past 21 years? Is the ruling party that has been characterized by the very deep-rooted political conspiracy and tyrannical behavior and practice now ready to be a partner of peaceful resolution? And above all, is the ruling party ready to show its seriousness by taking some steps which reverse the very terrible politically motivated measures which grossly violated its own constitution? How we deal with engaging in dialogue and negotiation with a ruling party that always raise the question of being obedience to the constitution that has been used simply to attack innocent citizens who peacefully oppose the very ill-guided political system? And I strongly believe that the way Ginbot 7 responded to the said request from the ruling party is very appropriate as far as the very political reality in our country is concerned. Yes, the very essence and purpose of engaging in a political dialogue and negotiation with the ruling party should firmly geared towards the genuine realization of national reconciliation. Needless to say, the Ethiopian people cannot afford to entertain the political dialogue and negotiation that is vulnerable to the very dirty political drama of the ruling party which subsequently could take them back to square one , the story of things fall apart and our decry an endless dehumanization or untold suffering.
There is no doubt that genuine dialogue and negotiation is possible if it is accompanied by:
I want to conclude by saying that it will be naive enough for us to expect the ruling party to change itself into a genuine partner of dialogue and negotiation as well as peaceful settlement of our serious political differences without our more serious engagements that will be bring about a powerful influence on the balance of power. This includes engaging ourselves in a substantive, analytical, rational/objective and far-sighted/forward-looking arguments and conversations whenever issues such as the one we are talking about arise.
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