by Kirubeal Bekele
Our movement is not a hobby and favorite past time nor a battle ground for big egos. Let us treat our movement like our own lives. These martyrs have given their lives for it. Let us respect the movement these martyrs died for.
We have raised many questions about ENTC (Ethiopian National Transition Council) since its conception. Most of us advised and suggested recommendations on many occasions. One of the most important was for Dr. Fisseha and his group to talk to other political and civil organizations to find the best way to mobilize the forces in the Diaspora. Many expected a representative and all inclusive transition council. But that did not happen.
But now it looks like many forces who are playing critical roles in the fight against TPLF for years are missing from the council. A transitional council that do not have these varied and relevant parties can not be considered as a valid transitional council. It is going to be just a one party or group of people who have similar interests. And by definition, this is not the meaning of a transitional council.
Don’t take me wrong. ENTC members have every right to start any organization they want to for whatever reason they believe in. They have the right to declare themselves as G7 or EPRP or Andinet etc did and do whatever they choose to decide. Unfortunately, as it is now, ENTC in no way have the constituency of a genuine Transition council that will prepare the way for a democratic government in Ethiopia. This is not a rocket science. All you have to look is its composition.
A working transitional council should include not only genuine and honest activists but it should also include those who are playing an important and even critical roles on the ground in the Ethiopian political discourse today no matter what we think about them. This is especially true at this hour in Ethiopia where we are witnessing a transition in terms of the nature of government in the absence of Zenawi for whatever reason, sickness or death.
A wise recommendation to ENTC group is to ignore the battle of egos and transform this organization into a genuine transitional council by including all parties or organizations who have a big stake in the political process. Otherwise, ENTC will turn into a group with a big title that barks a lot but with no teeth to bite and will have nothing to show for it. It will end up repeating the cycle of failures ENTC is known for accusing other political parties in the Diaspora in the first place. Nobody is interested in picking a fight with fellow democrats who are after our common enemy. We may disagree on some issues but we don’t have to be disagreeable and declare a nasty war against each other while the enemy is still alive and kicking. This is what happened during the heydays of Kinjit that saved Monster Zenawi. And most of us won’t tolerate such a treasonous act from anyone at this critical hour in Ethiopia unless one is secretly working as an undercover agent for TPLF .
Please Click here to hear Addisu Abebe’s interview with Dr. Fisseha Eshete and Ato Sileshi Tilahun on VOA where some concerns related to ENTC was raised during the interview. Instead of becoming defensive and rolling their sleeves for a nasty fight to defend their big egos, ENTC activists should heed those points raised in the interview and change or improve their acts if they want to succeed in their dream. They have every right not to accept the recommendations but there is a price to pay. It will have consequences. And we are addicted to it. It is called failure and defeat.
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